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Safe System Conversation Circle with State and National Leaders

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As the Safe System approach—which aims to eliminate fatal and serious injuries—takes hold as a commonly accepted best practice in the quest for Vision Zero, early adopters are learning what strategies and tools work best, and which are harder to implement and build consensus around. This conversation circle will offer an opportunity to hear reflections from state and national leaders in Safe System and then open the discussion to attendees to share their experiences and ask for input on their goals and challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the core principles and key elements of the Safe System approach and how it differs from the traditional approach to safety
  • Learn opportunities for applying the Safe System approach to state-level highway safety improvement programs and strategic highway safety plans
  • Appreciate opportunities to institutionalize the Safe System approach into every-day transportation planning and engineering practice such as through transportation impact assessment

Moderator: Meghan Mitman
, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers

Speakers:
  • Rachel Carpenter, Chief Safety Officer, California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, California
  • Brenda Young, State Safety Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Jeff Shaw, Intersection Safety Program Manager, Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, Chicago, Illinois
  • Meghan Mitman, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers, Walnut Creek, California

Contributors

  • Moderator: Meghan Mitman, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers

  • Rachel Carpenter, Chief Safety Officer, California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, California

    Rachel A. Carpenter was appointed the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) first-ever Chief Safety Officer effective January 2020. She is Caltrans’ highest-level subject matter expert on safety practices and policies, and manages the day-to-day operations of the newly established Division of Safety Programs. Prior to this position, Ms. Carpenter served as Caltrans' Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Branch Chief, where she envisioned and established the Caltrans’ Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program. Before joining Caltrans, Ms. Carpenter worked with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets Subdivision where she was a project manager and design engineer for multiple bicyclist safety, pedestrian safety and traffic calming projects. She began her career as a staff engineer with TechLaw Inc. working on hazardous material remediation projects. Ms. Carpenter is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Bicycle Transportation. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of science degrees in civil engineering (and a minor in music) and she is a licensed professional civil engineer in California.

  • Brenda Young, State Safety Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, Florida

    Brenda Young’s 22-year transportation career in both the public and private sector includes technical and management experience in planning, design, traffic operations, construction, modal development and safety. In her role as the State Safety Engineer, Brenda leads safety data systems and analysis, manages the statewide Highway Safety Improvement Program, and fosters support and collaboration among FDOT districts, technical disciplines, and partner agencies to create a “force multiplier” effect in Florida’s vision zero charge as we continue our important work to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Brenda earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from UCF, and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Public Manager.

  • Jeff Shaw, Intersection Safety Program Manager, Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, Chicago, Illinois

    Jeffrey Shaw serves as the Intersection Safety Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Safety. In this role, he manages projects and products of National interest that are intended to enhance intersection safety. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining FHWA, Jeff worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation and as a consulting engineer in Chicago and Atlanta. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and is board certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, Professional Transportation Planner and Road Safety Professional. He is a past Chair of the ITE Transportation Safety Council and currently serves as co-Chair of the TRB Performance Effects of Geometric Design Committee. Jeff also serves as the FHWA liaison to the World Road Association.

  • Meghan Mitman, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers, Walnut Creek, California

    Meghan Mitman is a Principal with over 18 years of experience, and the Regional Principal-in-Charge for Fehr & Peers’ San Francisco Bay Area four-office region. She specializes in complete streets planning and safety, which has included co-authoring the multi-award winning California Pedestrian Safety and Bicycle Safety Assessments Technical Guidebooks, and teaching as a instructor for the FHWA and Caltrans on complete streets planning, safety, and design. She was also the co-author for the ITE Recommended Practice on Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges, the ITE Practitioners’ Guide for Curbside Management, and the ITE/Vision Zero Network’s Core Elements of Vision Zero national benchmark. Meghan is the current Vice Chair of the ITE Safety Council and Vision Zero Task Force, and was the founding chair of the ITE Complete Streets Council.

July 28, 2021
Wed 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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