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Improving Safety Through Speed Limit Setting

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Public agencies are recognizing that changing approaches to speed limit settings will lead to reducing serious injuries and fatalities. National organizations have recommended new guidance to setting speeds based on data other than just prevailing speeds. Several major U.S. cities have lowered city-wide statutory speed limits as part of Vision Zero efforts. In this session, you will hear from agency staff working at the local, state, and national levels on why and how they are focused on adopting new practices to speed limit setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the current state of speed limit setting nationally.
  • Report on agencies make strides in speed management for safety.
  • Identify changes to speed limit setting processes.

Moderator: Peter Koonce, P.E., Engineer, City of Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Transportation

Speakers:
  • Wendy Cawley, P.E., City Traffic Engineer, City of Portland, Oregon
  • “Improving Safety Through Speed Limit Setting and Speed Limit Practices”, Charlotte Claybrooke, Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, Washington
  • Jenny O’Connell, Senior Program Manager, National Association of City Transportation Officials, New York, New York
  • Erin Bollich, P.E., PTOE, Managing Engineer, City of Austin Transportation Department, Austin, Texas

Contributors

  • Moderator: Peter Koonce, P.E., Engineer, City of Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Transportation

  • Wendy Cawley, P.E., City Traffic Engineer, City of Portland, Oregon

    Wendy Cawley, P.E. is the City Traffic Engineer for Portland, Oregon. She has work at the City of Portland since 1997 and spent 10 years as the Traffic Safety Engineer for the City’s Vision Zero Program. As the City Traffic Engineer, Wendy carries a safe systems approach into all projects but also prioritizes vitality, mobility and innovation in the Traffic Systems work at the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Wendy is passionate about designing for a safe, comfortable journey and creating spaces where people want to be.

  • Charlotte Claybrooke, Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, Washington

    Charlotte Claybrooke is the Active Transportation Programs Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation. She also serves as the State Safe Routes to School Coordinator. She has been with the Washington State Department of Transportation since 2004. Prior to that time she worked for 10 years with the Washington State Department of Health as the agencies Physical Activity Specialist with an emphasis on non-motorized transportation. Charlotte has a Master of Science Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  • Jenny O’Connell, Senior Program Manager, National Association of City Transportation Officials, New York, New York

    Jenny O’Connell is a Senior Program Manager at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). NACTO is an association of 89 city transportation and transit agencies committed to building cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices. At NACTO, Jenny manages the organization's safety and Vision Zero work.

  • Erin Bollich, P.E., PTOE, Managing Engineer, City of Austin Transportation Department, Austin, Texas

July 27, 2021
Tue 4:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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