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Building Effective Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks

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This session will highlight various ways and projects to building safe and effective pedestrian and bicycle networks that work. From pedestrian and bicycle safety plans to data driven design, this session will showcase projects from a pedestrian path to bicycle intersection infrastructure. It will explore both long range planning and rapid implementation techniques to connect communities through infrastructure improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists in several major North American cities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about ways agencies and transportation professionals are creating bicycle and pedestrian networks.
  • Describe practices, such as plans and data, that are helping create connectivity for walking and biking.
  • Identify key projects that are advancing bicycle and pedestrian safety through infrastructure.

Moderator: Karen Aspelin,P.E., PTOE, Owner, MaxGreen Transportation Engineering

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • Want to implement your bike plan? Community Networks Program: A Holistic Approach to Connecting Denver's Communities through Rapid Implementation”, Benjamin Waldman, P.E., PTOE, Senior Transportation Engineer, Apex Design Group, Denver, Colorado and Josh Mehlem, LEED AP, Senior Transportation Planner, Apex Design Group, Denver, Colorado
  • Vehicle Right Turn and Cyclist Conflicts - Impacts of Intersection Design, Signalization and Bike Facility Type”, Amanda Pushka, P.Eng, M.Sc., RSP1, Road Safety Engineer, MicroTraffic Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba and Liliana Quintero, P.Eng, M.Sc., Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Let's Take a Ride on the Flanders Bikeway”, Andrew Sullivan, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Engineer, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon
  • How To Collect and Distribute High-fidelity Ped Pathway Data in Decentralized, Standardized, Crowd-Sourced Format”, Matthew Weidner, Transit Planner IV, King County, Seattle, Washington and Eric Peterson, Senior GIS Analyst, MV Transportation, Seattle, Washington
  • Oregon DOT's Systemic Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Plan”, Nick Foster, AICP, RSP1, Associate Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Boise, Idaho and Christina McDaniel-Wilson, P.E., RSP1, State Traffic Safety Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon

Contributors

  • Moderator: Karen Aspelin, P.E., PTOE, Owner, MaxGreen Transportation Engineering

  • Amanda Pushka, P.Eng, M.Sc., RSP1, Road Safety Engineer, MicroTraffic Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Amanda Pushka, M.Sc, P.Eng, RSP1 is a road safety engineer and a certified Road Safety Professional based in Winnipeg, Canada. She has completed road safety reviews for various cities across North America, applying a safe systems approach to the identification of road user risk and recommendation of evidence-based measures to improve safety. With MicroTraffic, Amanda has helped assist more than 70 communities in leveraging near-miss data from video analytics to proactively diagnose risks and empower effective road safety improvement planning. Amanda completed her M.Sc at the University of Manitoba in Transportation Engineering.

  • Liliana Quintero, P.Eng, M.Sc., Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Vancouver, British Columbia

    Liliana Quintero PEng, MASc., is a Senior Transportation Engineer working at the City of Vancouver since 2015. She currently works implementing the City’s Moving Towards Zero safety program and the school active travel planning program. Her work at the City of Vancouver has focused on developing a strategy to reach Vancouver’s zero transportation related fatalities & serious injuries target. Including exploring alternative sources of data such hospital and ambulance data, revamping the existing school program, prioritizing safety upgrades and piloting new items (rectangular flashing beacons , leading pedestrian intervals and slow zones). Additionally, finding new innovative solutions for safety including organizing the VANquish Collisions Hackathon
    Liliana grew up in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Vancouver in 2008 to complete a masters degree in Transportation Engineering focused on Transportation Safety at the University of British Columbia

  • Andrew Sullivan, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Engineer, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon

    Andrew Sullivan is a Traffic Engineer in the Traffic Design section at the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) where he has worked to help deliver transportation capital improvement projects since 2013. Prior to this, Andy worked as an Engineering Associate in PBOT Traffic Operations beginning as an intern through the MECOP program in 2009. Andy graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2010.

  • Nick Foster, AICP, RSP1, Associate Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Boise, Idaho

    Nick Foster is a multimodal transportation planner focused on walking, biking, and safety projects. His experience includes safety research, comprehensive safety and active transportation plans, and detailed site investigations and concept designs. Nick serves on the Transportation Research Board's Bicycle Transportation Committee. He was the project manager for the recent update to ODOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Implementation Plan

  • Benjamin Waldman, P.E., PTOE, Senior Transportation Engineer, Apex Design Group, Denver, Colorado

    Ben Waldman, PE, PTOE has over 20 years of experience across all areas of transportation engineering in both the public and private sector. Ben is passionate about making transportation systems more efficient and safer for all modes of traffic. He has managed transformative planning and design projects as a consultant and City Traffic Engineer that provide safe and comfortable multimodal transportation options. Ben has been an active member of ITE throughout his career and is currently President of the ITE Mountain District. Ben and his wife Carmen have three boys and enjoy skiing, fishing, hiking and many activities with the family.

  • Josh Mehlem, LEED AP, Senior Transportation Planner, Apex Design Group, Denver, Colorado

    Josh Mehlem, LEED AP, has over 17 years of experience developing and implementing planning and design efforts for challenging mixed-use corridors, complete streets, and innovative bicycle-pedestrian safety projects across Colorado and the West. Having led dozens of similarly visionary projects, Josh has a strong understanding of the complexities associated with implementing complete streets projects, which helps project teams develop realistic conceptual design solutions. He fosters a collaborative environment, inclusive of the consultant team, the City, stakeholders, and constituents, from which innovative solutions are developed to solve complex challenges and overcome issues. Josh is also an active member of the NCUTCD Bicycle Technical Committee.

  • Matthew Weidner, Transit Planner IV, King County, Seattle, Washington

    Matthew Weidner is a senior planner at King County Metro (KCM) in Seattle where he leads technology, fleet and strategic planning for Washington state’s largest and most complex paratransit system. With his 15+ years’ experience in demand responsive transit operations and the technology systems, Matthew leads the advancement of KCM’s demand response programs through his expertise in the systems modelling, data analysis, and implementation of complex systems that bridge operations and technology. His latest research collaborations with University of Washington’s Taskar Center include the exploration of real-time dynamic trip costing within a demand responsive system based upon dynamic load scenarios, and CommonPaths - a multi-tenant GIS recording and reconciliation system to collect, process, and distribute pedestrian pathway data in a standardized and easily computable format.

  • Eric Peterson, Senior GIS Analyst, MV Transportation, Seattle, Washington

    Eric Peterson is a senior GIS analyst with MV Transportation, Inc and a member of their Professional Services Team. MV is the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting services firm in North America and a leader in providing the specialized on-demand ADA-compliant transportation of persons with disabilities and the elderly. We provide paratransit, fixed-route, public and private shuttle, and student transportation services, partnering with over 200 city and county government transit agencies, school districts, universities, airports and corporations. Founded in 1975, MV provides freedom for over 110 million passengers each year across 28 states and Canada with a team of more than 20,000 dedicated transit professionals.

  • Christina McDaniel-Wilson, P.E., RSP1, State Traffic Safety Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon

    Christi McDaniel Wilson is a registered professional engineer in the State of Oregon and has worked in ODOT’s Traffic Roadway Section as the State Traffic Safety Engineer for the past several years. Some of her work includes helping to manage Oregon’s All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) program. Prior to this, she was a senior transportation analyst with ODOT’s transportation planning analysis unit (TPAU) where her work included project analysis and travel demand model application.

July 21, 2021
Wed 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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