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Monday, June 26
 

1:00pm

Welcome to Memphis Bike Tour
Join members of the Local Host Committee for a casual ride around some of the sights Memphis has to offer, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the Mississippi riverfront, and the Big River Crossing.
*Bike Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require an addtiional fee, but do require advance registration. 
 

Monday June 26, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Opening Event: Networking Reception and Exhibitors Open
Monday June 26, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Forest/Venetian (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
 
Tuesday, June 27
 

7:00am

Exhibitor Area Open
Tuesday June 27, 2017 7:00am - 12:15pm
Forest/Venetian (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

8:00am

Opening Session: Chocolate Cities: Urban Planning Lessons from the Black Map of American Life

Zandria F. Robinson is a black feminist writer whose work covers African American experiences at the intersection of identity, inequality, and culture in the post-civil rights South. She earned the Bachelor of Arts in Literature and African American Studies and the Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Memphis and the PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University. She is author of This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and co-author with Marcus Anthony Hunter of Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life (University of California Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, the Annual Review of Sociology (with Marcus Anthony Hunter), Oxford American and Rolling Stone.


Speakers
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Zandria Robinson

Zandria F. Robinson is a black feminist writer whose work covers African American experiences at the intersection of identity, inequality, and culture in the post-civil rights South. She earned the Bachelor of Arts in Literature and African American Studies and the Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Memphis and the PhD in Sociology... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Streets Transformed: Quick-Build Implementation of Complete Streets
Two presentations will take place during this session.

Quickbuild Implementation of Complete Streets (Anthony Garcia): Much has been discussed and written about very short term demonstration projects that occur between one day and a week, but less is known about how to make projects with longer timelines, and more durable materials. This session will draw from a real life process in a small town context and illustrate how to build a temporary, but durable bike facility. What types of materials should be used? Who should be involved? How does the project get built? Panelists will cover the nuts and bolts of interim design and longer term demonstration projects. Panelists will discuss their experience with implementing Bike NWA, a 3 - 1 month-long demonstration projects around north west Arkansas.

Streets Transformed: Memphis’ Quick-Build Demonstration Projects (Nicholas Oyler):  In preparation for the conference, Memphis is planning a series of quick-build complete street demonstration projects in downtown.  The intent is to let these projects remain in place for at least a year before determining whether or not they should be implemented permanently.  We will conduct part of this session indoors for an overview of the projects, and the rest of the time will be spent visiting and touring them in person.  The projects will be within walking distance of The Peabody Hotel.

Speakers
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Anthony Garcia

Principal, Street Plans
Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
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Nicholas Oyler

Bikeway & Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Memphis
Passionate about cities in general and his hometown of Memphis in particular, Nicholas left home for a number of years in search of lessions on the topic of great cities.  This pursuit of knowledge and experience rewarded him with a Master of Urban Planning degree as well as four years of life and employment in Germany, including one year as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

You have a Complete Streets Policy, now what?
More than 1000 municipalities have adopted Complete Streets policies across the country. While some have tackled an infrastructure project or two, few have ironed out the details to develop processes and protocol that fully embrace Complete Streets throughout the entire project delivery process. This session will focus on the nuts and bolts of Complete Streets policy implementation in small and under resourced communities where limited staff capacity, professional expertise, and/or access to funding hinder success. Drawing from Active Transportation Alliance’s work in 8 low and moderate income communities in suburban Cook County, this presentation will provide strategies and tools to aid communities in the development of a complete streets approach. Examples will include project review checklists, funding decision making, development guidelines, and strategies community outreach and education.

Speakers
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Heather Schady

Senior Transportation Planner, Active Transportation Alliance
Heather Schady is the Senior Transportation Planner at Active Transportation Alliance. She is passionate about making streets safer and more accessible for people of all ages, abilities, and for all modes of travel. Since joining Active Trans in 2009, Ms. Schady has worked with d... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Tearing Down the Wall on Good Ideas: Bike/Ped Innovations and Placemaking in Mexican Cities

Mexico has made enormous strides in being more walk-friendly and bike-friendly in the last decade. Its capital, Mexico City, was voted the global Sustainable Transport City of the Year award by ITDP in 2013 and many other Mexican cities have made similar strides in recent years. This presentation will compare non-motorized best practice in the cities of Guadalajara, Colima, and Mexico City. All three have been focusing on making their streets amenable to active transportation. All of them have been leveraging partnerships and focusing on all “Six E’s of Active Transport,” engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement, equity, and evaluation in order to transform the built environment and, ultimately, to change culture. From tactical urbanism to innovative marketing programs to impressive cycle track networks, these three cities in Mexico have been pushing the envelope and leading the way for Mexican cities. 

The session will be rounded out by David Leyzerovsky, who will discuss Project for Public Spaces's (PPS) approach to Placemaking and its impact on community-building. Mr. Leyzerovsky will feature a recent example from Mexico City as a benchmark of PPS's approach.


Speakers
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Tom Bertulis

Manager of Traffic Engineering Department, Design Consultants Inc (DCI)
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Erik Cisneros

Urbanista, Agencia de Gestión Urbana
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David Leyzerovsky

Senior Project Associate, Project for Public Spaces
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Rodrigo Guerrero Maldonado

Architect, State of Colima, Mexico


Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Memphis Medical District & Crosstown Concourse: Revitalization, the Public Realm, and a Vertical Urban Village
The Medical District and Crosstown Concourse are prime examples of capital investment partnered with community engagement to transform Memphis’s neighborhoods to be authentic to its history, while looking forward in an innovative way to provide resources and amenities to residents and visitors. The Medical District connects Downtown and Midtown and is home to nine anchor medical institutions providing healthcare, research and education to people from all over the world. Crosstown Concourse is an art deco high-rise former Sears distribution and retail center built in 1927, which has been transformed into a transit oriented mixed-use vertical urban village; including residential, retail, food, grocery, commercial tenants, community organizations and other amenities. Join project leaders and staff of Crosstown Concourse and the Memphis Medical District Collaborative to learn about how transforming the public realm and designing streets and places for people foster civic engagement and more livable, economically prosperous, and safe communities.
*Bike tour*
Mobile sessions do not require an addtiional fee, but do require advance registration. 

Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:30am - 12:45pm
TBA

9:30am

Riverfront Walkshop: Reimagining the Civic Commons
After decades of neglect, the Bluff City’s riverfront has received reneTu attention in recent years as citizens and community leaders better appreciate Memphis’ "front door" as a major asset. Underutilized parks, infrastructure barriers, and a general lack of sense-of-place have led to pop-up activation, major capital projects, and economic development. Yet in many ways the riverfront is still largely disconnected from Downtown Memphis and has yet to realize its full potential for residents of and visitors to the region. On this tour, participants will not only experience the challenges faced, but also engage in a lightning planning session together with City officials and local leaders to develop short- and long-term recommendations.
*Walking Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require an addtiional fee, but do require advance registration. 
 

Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:30am - 12:45pm
TBA

11:15am

Defining success - How to win community buy-in

Three presentations will take place during this session.

Radical Traffic Engineering: How to combat impacts of vehicle-centric design (Matt Starkey)
McGrath Highway is a 1960’s highway-era roadway that provides vehicular access into Boston at the expense of local neighborhoods by literally raising the automobile over all else in the adjacent communities. Replacing this elevated highway-centric roadway with a present day urban boulevard that reconnects neighborhoods requires new and “radical” tools to ensure all transportation modes are equitably accommodated. Learn about new tools used in the McGrath Boulevard re-design to make the case against vehicle-centric design such as: traffic evaporation, alternative pedestrian and bicycle “level of service” methodologies, and roadway user data. To make a more equitable transportation system, designers can no longer consider vehicles as the predominant mode of transportation, and but instead utilize new tools to facilitate connected neighborhoods. 

Defining success - How to win community buy-in (Grace Kyung)
The St. Louis region is taking a new approach to how we plan for our communities. Trailnet, a local St. Louis region non-profit, is leading a collaborative effort to re-envision how to design our streets to improve walking and bicycling within the region by focusing on equity within the planning process. Grace Kyung will discuss how over 55 different agencies have come together to discuss regional 

Effective Steering Committees (Jennifer Baldwin)
Steering committees can often be seen as a tough crowd. Too controlling. Too bureaucratic. Not engaged. It doesn't have to be that way! Steering committees provide excellent insight into the needs of the community and can often spark unique and mutually beneficial partnerships. This session will highlight easy steps, such as workshop style meetings, subcommittee structures, and consensus building techniques, that project managers can take to get a steering committee moving in the right direction.


Moderators
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Tom Bertulis

Manager of Traffic Engineering Department, Design Consultants Inc (DCI)

Speakers
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Jennifer Baldwin

Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design
Jennifer Baldwin is a planning associate for Alta Planning + Design with over twelve years of multi-modal transportation planning experience in both the public and private sector. Her passion is creating healthy, active communities through active transportation planning and she has particular expertise in public outreach and consensus... Read More →
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Grace Kyung

Special Projects Director, Trailnet
Grace Kyung is a Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner at Trailnet. Grace enjoys the challenges and opportunities of using innovative approaches to engage and educate stakeholders about safer street designs. Grace provides technical assistance on how to improve the built environment to... Read More →
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Matt Starkey P.E.

Senior Project Engineer, McMahon Associates
Matt is an avid bicyclist with a passion for better bicycle facilities and complete streets. He brings his understanding of a variety of transportation planning and engineering projects including: complete street design, bicycle facility planning and design, pedestrian crosswalk... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

11:15am

Better Bikeways and Intersections
Two presentations will take place during this session.

Meet Vancouver’s Next Protected Intersections: Burrard, Pacific, Quebec, 1st, and more (Alex Liaw)  This presentation begins with a discussion of Burrard Street and Cornwall Avenue in Vancouver, North America's first fully protected intersection for cycling. The next generation of protected intersections in Vancouver, including Burrard/Pacific and Quebec/1st, are under construction, while additional future designs through the Viaduct replacement road network and development projects will be joining them quickly. Through coordination with Vancouver's Planning department, protected bike lanes and protected intersections are beginning to be incorporated in major neighbourhood planning exercises, such as the new Northeast False Creek community or the redevelopment of dozens of blocks of arterial street into mixed-use mid-rise along the Cambie Corridor, each supported by a chain of protected intersections. The session also explores differences between each design, implementations in the Netherlands, concepts from the CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic, and those concepts as popularized in North America by Nick Falbo. Many of these intersections will ultimately form part of a corridor of protected bike lanes and intersections along the south edge of downtown Vancouver, providing emerging network benefits. 

Better Bikeways: building raised bikeways elements (Craig Toocheck): Designers are transforming bikeways using a palette of strategically positioned raised elements and meeting transit and pedestrian safety needs at the same time. Learn about bikeway elements like protected intersections, transit boarding islands, and raised bike lanes.

Speakers
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Alex Liaw

Transportation Engineer, City of Vancouver
Alex Liaw is a Transportation Design Engineer with the City of Vancouver, focusing on conceptual and detailed design of bikeways and public space. Last spring, he designed and implemented two of the four protected bike lanes as part of the 2016 Downtown Bike Network Expansion Project. His ongoing work include the redesign of Smithe St and managing... Read More →
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Craig Toocheck

Program Analyst/Designer, NACTO
Craig Toocheck is Program Analyst/Designer at NACTO. Beginning his career at NACTO in July 2014, he is one of the principal authors and designers of the Transit Street Design Guide, and is now working with cities to incorporate the lessons from the TSDG into their transit plans... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

11:15am

Working Together for a Multi-Modal Future
Three presentations will take place during this session.

Teamwork: building support for a multi-modal future (Suzanne Carlson):  How can low-density cities shift from auto-oriented design and decisions to invest in multi-modal options? Innovate Memphis will discuss its work with Commute Options workplace partnerships and the coalition of bicycling and walking advocates that are restoring people-centered communities in your host city.

Creating Healthy, Sustainable, Equitable Communities by Maximizing the Synergies between Walkability and Quality Public Transit (Allan Henderson)

Streetsmart: Collaborative Platform for Transportation Evidence and Insight (Kelly Rodgers)  
In this session, participants will explore and provide feedback to Streetsmart, a collaborative, evidence-based transportation planning tool. Streetsmart arms planners, public health professionals, elected officials and others with the best available data about the effect of transportation investments. Streetsmart also has a wealth of resources available to help them learn about how to frame conversations, anticipate challenges, and problem-solve.   Streetsmart is built with the help of faculty and students who research and interpret the empirical evidence and translate it into actionable information for practitioners. 


Speakers
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Suzanne Carlson

Innovate Memphis
Suzanne Carlson joined Innovate Memphis, a civic innovation delivery team originally started with Bloomberg Foundation funding, in 2015, where she works to promote and improve transit, walking, bicycling and shared use mobility.  She serves as Vice Chair of Explore Bike... Read More →
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Allan Henderson

Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Health by Design
Allan Henderson is the Safe Routes to School Program Manager for Health by Design. Mr. Henderson has a Bachelor of the Arts. in Landscape Architecture and a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning from Ball State University. He has over 18 yrs. of experience in all aspects of community design, development... Read More →
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Kelly Rodgers

Executive Director, StreetWise
Kelly Rodgers is the Executive Director of StreetWise, a non-profit organization developing an evidence-based transportation planning website that illustrates the effect of transportation strategies on community goals. Kelly has nearly 20 years of city planning experience in the... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

11:15am

Panel on Diversity in the Profession
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Roberts

Jessica Roberts

Principal, Alta Planning + Design
My team creates and runs programs that get people active. We help people walk, bike, and take transit more often and with more confidence. Whether our work falls under education, promotion, media campaigns, or TDM, ultimately our job is to reach individuals and support them in le... Read More →

Speakers
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Charles Brown

Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
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Trung Vo

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Raleigh
Trung's work as a transportation engineer and planner benefits from the context of his daily experience as a person who rides bikes. In addition to making a personal decision to use his bicycle as his primary mode of transportation, he's passionate about leveraging his individual... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Bert Parker (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Roundabouts and Bikes: Like Oil and Water, or like Peanut Butter and Bananas?
The design and use of bicycle facilities at roundabouts in North America has been largely based on guidance provided in NCHRP Report 672: Roundabouts in the United States, Second Edition. In the past few years, the state-of-the-practice design for bicycle facilities in the United States has been significantly updated, especially for intersection treatments, but the design for bicycle treatments for roundabouts is still lagging. Consequently, practitioners have begun looking towards bicycle facility design guidance in other countries and at other intersection types. This presentation reviews bicycle facility design standards and practice at roundabouts both in North America and abroad, and looks at recent bicycle facility design guidance developed for signalized and stop-controlled intersections, and evaluate their relevance at roundabout intersections. A case study at the Inman Square intersection in Cambridge, Massachusetts will be presented, highlighting an example of how protected intersection treatments can be applied to a roundabout design in a constrained urban environment.

Speakers
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Alek Pochowski

Senior Engineer/Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
Alek Pochowski is a leader in the development of innovative transportation solutions addressing complex demands for a more diverse and equitable transportation network. Alek recently led the transportation elements of several award-winning urban design projects in the Mid-Atlanti... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

A Regional Approach to Tactical Urbanism Demonstrations in Southern California
The panelists will discuss their experience and lessons learned while funding, planning, and implementing nine "pop-up", or temporary demonstration events that aimed to showcase future innovative active transportation facilities in a fun, engaging environment. This overall project, led by Southern California's Metropolitan Planning Organization, is unique in that several local community partners worked within the consistent branding and thematic frame set forth by the MPO and grant funders while still developing context-sensitive events that reflected the communities' values and specific infrastructure projects. We will focus on the dynamic of having local communities (including advisory committees made up of stakeholders) and the larger agency partner to pull off successful demonstrations.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design
Ryan is a Planning Associate in the Los Angeles office of Alta Planning + Design. His experience includes pedestrian & bicycle master planning, transportation counts and audits, transit station access plans, safety & encouragement campaigns, and Safe Routes to School planning. Ry... Read More →
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Stephen Patchan

Senior Planner, Southern California Association of Governments
Stephen Patchan is a Senior Regional Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments. Stephen manages the Regional Active Transportation Program where SCAG has allocated nearly $400 million in infrastructure, programming and planning projects. In addition, Stephen i... Read More →
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Tuan Richardson

Project Manager, OC Parks Planning and Design Division
Tuan is a project manager at OC Parks (County of Orange) and has managed various capital improvement and maintenance projects from initiation to closeout within a system of historical, regional, wilderness, zoo, harbor & beach facilities.  Prior to his tenure at OC Parks, Tuan has over 12... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Active Transportation Research 151: Foundational sources, assessing quality and learning to work with universities

Transportation professionals want research they can use to enhance active transportation projects, policies, and programs. Up-to-date research has the potential to convert existing knowledge into action and inform public policy and engineering debates. University transportation centers, federal and state agencies and others are replete with state-of-the-art research. But the transfer to practice tends to be slow. Research papers live behind academic journal paywalls or professionals may be unaware of the federal University Transportation Center program or other federal research programs. Additionally, researchers could improve the methods by which we put research into practice and interact with people outside of academia. Practitioners likely never received training on how to assess research quality; making it difficult to know which sources are defendable or applicable. This session seeks to make the missing link between research and practice. The speakers will discuss foundational active transportation research, providing key sources for safety benefits of various investments, the relationship between bicycle and pedestrian volumes and built environment factors and other commonly sought-after research findings. Following this, the speakers will provide guidance on accessing research without University access and assessing research quality. Speakers will explain the University Transportation Center program and other research resources across the United States and describe their research process. In conclusion, speakers will opine on how practitioners can enhance research through data collection, identifying research and guidance needs, participate in study panels and offer to pilot test new resources and share experiences with their peers. Attendees should consider this session a crash course in active transportation research and will leave with resources to bridge the gap between research and practice.


Speakers
avatar for Kristen Brookshire

Kristen Brookshire

Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
As a research associate at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Kristen contributes to a variety of projects focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility. She is currently managing a multi-year Safe Routes to School implementation project in Wake County, North Carolina. Through the... Read More →
avatar for Madeline Brozen

Madeline Brozen

Associate Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Madeline is the Associate Director of External Affairs for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies where she builds strategic partnerships and connects the world of research to practice. She is also the manager of the Complete Streets Initiative and conducts research and eva... Read More →
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Conor Semler

Senior Planner, Kittleson and Associates
As a senior planner with Kittleson & Associates, Inc., Conor draws on his experience in urban planning, traffic engineering and technical research in complete streets design. Conor is a national leader in the planning and design of innovative bicycle facilities. He was involved i... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Reimagining the Civic Commons

Carol Coletta of the Kresge Foundation will discuss their work "reimagining the civic commons" in five cities to result in measurable increases in civic engagement, socio-economic mixing, sustainability and value creation. Walking and bicycling infrastructure is an exciting part of four of the five demonstration projects. Attend this session to learn more about working with foundations and how to connect active transportation with larger goals around socio-economic integration and economic opportunity.


Speakers
avatar for Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta

Senior Fellow, Kresge Foundation


Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Bert Parker (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Exhibitor Area Open
Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 5:15pm
Forest/Venetian (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Memphis' Big Jump: South Main to Soulsville
Memphis is one of 10 cities chosen to participate in PeopleForBikes’s new Big Jump Project, which aims to double or triple bike ridership in specific neighborhoods over the course of just three years. This tour will examine Memphis’ Big Jump target area, which spans from the southern part of downtown over to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, the birthplace of American Soul Music and Stax Records. Participants will learn about past transportation infrastructure and policy decisions that disconnected and contributed to decline in parts of the target area and about new efforts to overcome those challenges using community assets. Participants will visit with a variety of community leaders who are driving revitalization through creative approaches -- tackling issues of food insecurity, promoting youth development, and using music and art to connect neighbors and animate spaces.
*Bike tour*
Mobile sessions do not require an additional fee but do require advance registration. 

Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 5:30pm
TBA

4:00pm

Unlikely Partners: How and Who to Engage With to Build Community Buy-in
While the importance of active transportation projects is clear to transportation professionals, it is often challenging to build support for these projects over a diverse cross-section of stakeholders. For a variety of reasons many people are indifferent or in strong opposition to building places for people to comfortably walk or bike.
Part of the problem transportation professionals have in creating support for active transportation projects is that we continue to view the people we try to sell our projects to as stakeholders. While we do our best to incorporate feedback into our projects, our engagement is often limited to collecting and responding to opinions. Instead of considering people stakeholders, transportation professionals should be viewing them as potential partners who can participate in the project. In determining unique ways to get non-transportation professionals excited about active transportation projects, we can create tremendous opportunities to build grass-roots community buy-in.
By highlighting project examples from Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD, this session will highlight how transportation professionals can engage with non-transportation partners to enhance the bicycle and pedestrian environment, building community ownership of large-scale projects and ensuring long-term support and success. 

Speakers
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Kevin Belanger

Trail Planner, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Kevin Belanger has been in the bicycle and pedestrian field for almost 10 years. Kevin is a trail planner at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, where he has worked since July 2016. At Rails-to-Trails, Kevin writes concept plans and feasibility studies and conducts public engagement for... Read More →
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Caitlin Doolin

Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Caitlin Doolin has worked in transportation engineering/planning for over 6 years in Baltimore, MD. She was a traffic engineering consultant at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. for 4 years before accepting a position with the Baltimore City Department of Transportation as Bicycle and... Read More →
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Jessie Holzer

Mobility Deputy, City of Los Angeles, Council District 11
Jessie Holzer serves as Mobility Director for Council District 11 in the City of Los Angeles. Her work for the District includes identifying and pursuing opportunities for active transportation and transit improvements to build a more walkable, bikeable, and mobile Los Angeles. P... Read More →


Tuesday June 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

4:00pm

Research on Biking in Communities of Color
Speakers
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Charles Brown

Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center


Tuesday June 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bert Parker (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

5:00pm

A Street Party for Great Streets

A Street Party for Great Streets

Main Street Pedestrian Mall between Peabody Place and Gayoso Avenue (Less than two blocks from the Peabody Hotel)

Join the Downtown Memphis Commission, the City of Memphis, and the UrbanArt Commission, as they celebrate the soft opening of the Great Streets Pilot Project, as well as the hidden potential in all streets to be a public space amenity. The Great Streets Pilot Project will transform a nearly mile-long corridor through the heart of downtown Memphis into a complete street with a cycle track and pop-up pedestrian plazas. The party will feature live music, games, refreshing treats from MemPops, extended happy hours and sidewalks sales from adjacent bars and restaurants, remarks from project partners, and an open-air ambiance.


Tuesday June 27, 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, June 28
 

7:00am

Exhibitor Area Open
Wednesday June 28, 2017 7:00am - 12:15pm
Forest/Venetian (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

8:00am

APBP Business Meeting + Keynote: Planning & Implementing Healthy Active Built Environments

The APBP Annual Business Meeting will occur at 8:00 am to be immediately followed by keynote Leslie Meehan:

Planning & Implementing Healthy Active Built Environments:  Exploring the intersection of health, transportation, and the built environment at the local and state levels.

Leslie will present on her past and current work at the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and with the Tennessee Department of Health. As Director of Healthy Communities at the Nashville MPO's, Leslie moved the agency to incorporate health policy and analysis into the planning, modeling, and decision making processes. Now, as the Director of the Office of Primary Prevention at the Tennessee Department of Health, she is guiding cross-sector collaboration to drive positive population health outcomes, promoting a "health in all policies approach, " and leading innovative grant programs such as Planners4Health, a collaboration through the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Rural Access to Health and Healthy Active Built Environments program.


Speakers
avatar for Leslie Meehan

Leslie Meehan

Leslie Meehan, MPA AICP oversees the Office of Primary Prevention in the Commissioner’s Office of the Tennessee Department of Health.  Her focus is increasing physical activity through the built environment as the foremost way to combat the state’s largest health issues.  Previously, Ms. Meehan served ten years as the Director of Healthy Communities for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Tennessee. At the MPO, she focused on the intersection of transportation and health, specifically... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Federal Policy Update- What's happening in Washington, and how can we use APBP's expertise to influence policy
Speakers
avatar for Caron Whitaker

Caron Whitaker

Director, Bike Walk Action
Caron is both the Director of the Bike Walk Action coalition of national, state and local organizations working in bicycling and pedestrian advocacy, and the principal of CLW Consulting. She has more than 15 years of experience in congressional and government relations, campaign planning and policy, with background in non-profit management. Over the last eight years she has focused on Active Transportation, most recently as the Vice President for Government Relations at the League of American Bicyclists. Prior to joining the League of American Bicyclists in 2012, Caron served as the Campaign Director for America Bikes where she coordinated and implemented their federal policy agenda. Before that, she worked for the National Wildlife Federation on smart growth, international policy, and community engagement. In addition, Caron served as a Community Land Use Planner for the State of North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, providing technical assistance to local governments and staffing a... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Bert Parker (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Walking and Biking in Memphis: A Local Primer
This session will provide an overview of the Memphis biking and walking story.  I'll provide a look at how the active transportation movement began to build traction locally about six years ago, and how Memphis arrived at the state it's in today.  The presentation will focus on the development of infrastructure, but also touch on programming and community partnerships.  This will be a helpful session for both out-of-town visitors and locals new to the biking and walking scene, and offer background information beneficial to have for the other locally themed conference sessions.

Speakers
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Bridget McCall

Coordinator, Bike Walk Memphis
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Nicholas Oyler

Bikeway & Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Memphis
Passionate about cities in general and his hometown of Memphis in particular, Nicholas left home for a number of years in search of lessions on the topic of great cities.  This pursuit of knowledge and experience rewarded him with a Master of Urban Planning degree as well as four years of life and employment in Germany, including one year as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow... Read More →
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John Paul Shaffer

Executive Director, BLDG Memphis
John Paul Shaffer, AICP is the Executive Director for BLDG Memphis, whose planning and advocacy work supports more equitable transportation and land use policies and greater public participation in planning and development. John Paul holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

How to Build and Grow an Effective Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Program
Three presentations will take place during this session.

Evolution of a Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Program (Marian MIthani)  This session will give an overview of several approaches to developing a count program through different perspectives. First, Eco-Counter will give our high-level insights on how count programs start or grow based on experience working with clients throughout 43 US states and 8 Canadian provinces. Then, two or three cities are invited to give a range of examples that represent large mega-regions to mid-sized cities and smaller towns. 

Cities and Citizens - Working for Better Biking with Data (William Hyerle)  Cities around the world are promoting cycling through the implementation of bicycle infrastructure and policy. However, to make investments more effective, thorough insight into bicycle behavior and network performance is needed as well as public engagement.   In this session, we look to Nantes, France, and how they are trying to bring these data sets together to get the big picture. In 2016, Nantes Metropole and its citizens finished 12th in the European Cycling Challenge. Nantes Metropole started working with Eco-Counter to draw a map of cycling by combining the data they are collecting with automatic counter and the citizen reported data from the challenge.  The goal of this session is to delve into the results of this study, what insight it brought and how it can be applied to a North American context.

Using Bike and Pedestrian Counts (Brett Boncore)  Conducting regular pedestrian and bicycle counts can inform bicyle and pedestrian planning decisions, investment priorities, and measure performance of our active transportation facilities. But what does it look like to sustainably run a program that will be useful to planners, engineers, and the public? Join us as we hear about the latest best practices on collecting, monitoring, and reporting Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts. Come to hear lessons learned from public agencies around the country who are implementing counts through strategic multi-agency partnership and hear about the latest updates to the Traffic Monitoring Guide which makes it easier for users to understand the most effective information that should be collected when counting multimodal users, as well as how to format that information correctly. 

Speakers
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Brett Boncore

Engineering Associate, Kittelson and Associates
Brett has a passion for seeing communities thrive through the development of multimodal transportation infrastructure that serves all users and supports the holistic goals of the community. While at Kittelson and Associates, he has contributed to a variety of active transportatio... Read More →
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William Hyerle

Technical Consultant, Eco-Counter
With a background in operations management and entrepreneurial experience, William joined Eco-Counter to help in the shift towards active transportation. Cycling has always been a preferred mode of transportation and leisure. He is proud to be helping today's transportation pione... Read More →
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Marian Mithani

Eco-Counter
At Eco-Counter, Marian Mithani works with cities across the United States and Canada to measure the value of cycling. Eco-Counter is a world leader in counting cyclist as well as pedestrians along greenways, in downtowns, parks and trails in both urban and rural landscapes. In he... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Complete Streets Implementation: Moving from Vision to Design and Construction
This session will focus on implementation using regional examples (one from Memphis, one from Arkansas, and one from Chattanooga).  Wade's presentation will focus on implementation using regional examples (one from Memphis, one from Arkansas, and one from Chattanooga). His piece will focus on what happens when you move from Vision to design and construction - the pitfalls and how to overcome them. As the Program Manager of Active and Sustainable Transportation for the Region of York, Shawn will speak to his experiences related to implementation at a regional level. Shawn works each day to entice people out of their cars with better transportation options. Using examples from Ontario and Eastern Canada, Kate will expand further on Complete Streets implementation. Language in the form of policy that shapes the decision-making framework for a City, through to partnerships when Transportation Planning and Public Works departments come together to make a project a reality. Kate's discussion will build on the regional examples presented by Wade with examples from Ontario.

Speakers
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Madeline Brozen

Associate Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Madeline is the Associate Director of External Affairs for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies where she builds strategic partnerships and connects the world of research to practice. She is also the manager of the Complete Streets Initiative and conducts research and eva... Read More →
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Shawn Smith

Program Manager of Active and Sustainable Transportation, York Region
Shawn Smith is a professional engineer with fourteen years of experience in the transportation sector.  In his current role as Program Manager of Active and Sustainable Transportation at York Region, he is working to entice people out of their cars with better transportation opt... Read More →
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G. Wade Walker

Prinicpal, Alta Planning + Design
Wade ascribes to a multidisciplinary design approach, often working closely with planners, landscape architects, and urban designers to focus on creating active and great communities. Recent implementation projects include the HampLine Cycle Track Design and the Wolf River Greenway Design in Memphis; and Protected Bike Lanes Design for Broad Street in Chattanooga. He is a professional engineer, a Memphis native and oversees... Read More →
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Kate Whitfield

Senior Associate Engineer/Planner, Alta Planning + Design
Kate Whitfield is a Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Planner with over ten years in the consulting industry in Ottawa, Ontario. With her dual accreditation and her role as a project manager, Kate excels in tying together the planning, engineering, detailed desi... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:30am - 12:30pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Greenprint for Systems Change: Trails, Green Infrastructure, and Neighborhood Revitalization in North Memphis
For North Memphis, the last 40 years have been characterized by disinvestment, loss of industry and jobs, and increases in poverty, vacancy, and blight. Encompassing several distinct neighborhoods with a rich African American history, North Memphis is now leading the way in demonstrating how investments in green infrastructure, trails, placemaking, and capacity-building can lead to systems change. Join community and non-profit leaders and learn about North Memphis’s history, as well as current efforts to enhance neighborhood resilience as related to public health, climate change, and racial equity. Participants will visit sites related to Memphis' National Disaster Resilience Competition award and the Strong, Prosperous, Resilient Communities Challenge.
*Bike Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require additional fees but do require advance registration. 

Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:30am - 12:45pm
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9:30am

Heart of the Park: Building for Health, Happiness and Inclusion
Once home to the Shelby County penal farm, Shelby Farms Park is now a 4,500 acre urban park at the geographic center of the region, home to trails, wetlands, wilderness areas, Agricenter International and a thriving herd of American buffalo. The park is also positioned as an integral hub for a growing network of regional greenway trails in the Mid-South. Learn from staff of the nonprofit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, which manages this regional treasure on behalf of Shelby County, about their recent Heart of the Park capital improvement project, the master plan and vision for the park, their leadership in greenway development, and how the park serves the diverse individuals and communities in the Memphis region.
*Walking Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require additional fees but do require advance registration.  

Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:30am - 12:45pm
TBA

11:15am

The Traffic Monitoring Guide: Counting Biking and Walking
The 2016 Traffic Monitoring Guide now includes a revised format for submitting bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts to the federal traffic count database: the Travel Monitoring Analysis System. This means that for the first time, any jurisdiction will be able to submit bicycle and pedestrian count data to be stored in the same database where the nation's motor vehicle count data are kept. These motor-vehicle count data have helped determine funding for state DOTs. In the age of performance measures, understanding and submitting data to this database may be critical to future funding decisions. Come learn what the format is, how to use it, and how it can benefit bicycling and walking and walking in your jurisdiction.

Speakers
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Kelly Laustsen

Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates


Wednesday June 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

11:15am

Active Tourism Comes to Town - Regional Active Transportation for Community Health, Economy and Transportation
This session focuses on both partnerships and the idea of promoting active transportation among new diverse populations. It uses the ground-breaking "Active Plan" developed for the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas to show how active transportation can be introduced to areas throughout the country that have significant socio-economic challenges and populations that don’t traditionally bicycle. The plan was developed by staff from Halff Associates, Toole Design Group and the Adventure Cycling Association. South Texas is one of the most economically challenged areas in the entire United States, and also has very significant health concerns. But local communities that do not frequently partner together have come together to create a one-of-a-kind plan that uses active tourism as a catalyst for economic, health and transportation benefits. The plan proposes both local and region-wide connections, and combines walking, bicycling and water-based routes that highlight the rugged natural beauty of the region. Local populations, who traditionally have not been attracted to bicycling, have been inspired by the plan and have embraced it, and even the Texas State Legislature is looking at the compelling story that the plan is telling and the myriad possibilities it brings to the region. This session outlines the planning process, its strategies, and the framework by which local governments and partnering stakeholders will build upon the regional tourism economy through investment in active transportation facilities and complimentary marketing programs. It evaluates the steps taken to convert active tourism and transportation plans from idea to reality, and highlights the return on investment of regional trail building. This ground-breaking plan’s lessons can be emulated and applied anywhere, especially in economically challenged regions.

Speakers
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Dennis Blind

Vice President, Halff Associates Inc.
Mr. Blind joined Halff Associates in 2016 as the Regional Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture in Oklahoma City. He has more than 35 years of planning, design, land development, real estate brokerage, management, and finance experience. Dennis' diverse experience inclu... Read More →
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Christian Lentz

Senior Planner, Halff Associates Inc.
A senior planner with Halff Associates, Christian Lentz has more than 20 years of municipal, county, and regional planning experience throughout the Southeast and Midwest. In addition to recent work as a private consultant, Mr. Lentz has served as both a municipal and regional pl... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

11:15am

Bike Share for All
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Ted Graves

Program Manager, Bike Share Initiative, NACTO


Wednesday June 28, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Bert Parker (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Innovative Techniques for Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets
Two presentations will take place during this session.

Visualization as a Design and Planning Tool for Complete Streets Projects (Aditya Inamdar): Visualizations or graphics greatly help our ability to communicate, perceive, process, and to respond to complex information. This is especially true when the information presented is highly technical as well as multi-disciplinary, and also of high interest to the public at large. Designing and planning Complete Streets is one such complex multi-disciplinary process that requires disparate sets of information to be synthesized and presented in a comprehensive manner. Complete Streets are more than just transportation projects, apart from designing safe and comfortable streets for all modes, they have multiple other goals, like creating public spaces for the community to gather, generating economic development, implementing green infrastructure, etc. Such complex projects with multiple goals and objectives require multi-disciplinary teams to work cohesively as well as present a whole picture of the project to stakeholders and to the public, throughout the planning process. This presentation will show how technically accurate, yet easy to understand visualizations such as before and after 3D renderings, animations, rendered plans, cross-sections, and simple diagrams, can act not just as a communication tool, but also as an integral design tool to help simply the planning process.

Making Connections - Creating a Robust Cycling Network in Chattanooga (G. Wade Walker)  So you want to connect assets such as a world-class Aquarium, vibrant Downtown, expanding Riverwalk, a University, bikeshare system, and historic neighborhoods.  How do you go about it?  In Chattanooga the City is implementing a plan to create an on-street network of complete streets and protected bike lanes to create an integrated and connected system for residents and visitors alike.  This session tells the story of the planning, design, and implementation of a network that considers complete streets, protected bike lanes, and greenways an integral part of the City's transportation system.  The panelists will articulate through words and images how the City created and realized the system, and overcame challenges such as funding and engineering issues to realize a system that truly gives Chattanoogans choices about how they move, enhancing the quality of life that makes Chattanooga a desirable place to live, work, and play.

Speakers
avatar for Aditya Inamdar

Aditya Inamdar

Urban Planner, Kittelson & Associates
Aditya Inamdar builds on his broad interdisciplinary experience in urban design, architecture, and city planning. Aditya specializes in providing urban design solutions that leverage transportation projects to help communities become more sustainable and livable. His experience i... Read More →
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G. Wade Walker

Prinicpal, Alta Planning + Design
Wade ascribes to a multidisciplinary design approach, often working closely with planners, landscape architects, and urban designers to focus on creating active and great communities. Recent implementation projects include the HampLine Cycle Track Design and the Wolf River Greenway Design in Memphis; and Protected Bike Lanes Design for Broad Street in Chattanooga. He is a professional engineer, a Memphis native and oversees... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Supporting Active Transportation through Innovative Partnerships at the State and Local Level
Two presentations will take place during this session.

The Unlikely but Natural Partnership: the Ohio Departments of Health and Transportation (Alia Anderson): State departments that typically work in isolation from each other often miss an opportunity to achieve mutual goals and have a greater impact.  Almost by accident, and perhaps starting with the first Safe Routes to School Project, the Ohio departments of Health and Transportation forged a partnership to promote active transportation in localities and on state roads as the norm.  Over time the partnership grew into a more formalized system, as they work to promote active transportation locally, supported by state-level policies.   Each department brings its own set of expertise and resources to the table -  the health departments' keen eye on programs that bring better public health outcomes matches the transportation department's focus on planning and building multi-modal, connected streets. Together, they developed a statewide active transportation action plan, are about to launch a statewide safety campaign, jointly publish a newsletter, and have a system for taking the lead on complementary projects.  This session will present the shared and individual goals and approaches for each department, as well as a brief history of the partnership, how they learned to "talk the same language" and what they expect going forward.

Partnering for Sustainable School Transportation: The Arlington Experience (James Elliott):  Public school enrollment in Arlington County, Virginia is projected to increase by approximately 45% between 2016 and 2025; however, there is little space in this urbanized county for building new schools and no ability to expand traffic clogged roadways. As a result, all new school construction and expansion projects must go on existing school sites in established neighborhoods where there is intense concern about traffic impacts, safety, and livibility. To address these concerns, Arlington Public Schools has formed a unique partnership with Arlington County and Arlington Transportation Partners, a county-funded organization that consults with local business on ways to encourage employees to walk, bike, carpool, and use public transit for work trips. The partnership has resulted in an integrated, multi-modal approach to new school construction and expansion projects, a first-in-the-nation district-wide transportation demand management (TDM) plan called APS GO!, a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program involving every school in the district, and robust outreach and incentive programs for school district employees. This session will explore the nature of this partnership, how and why it was formed, and significant milestones such as APS GO.

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Alia Anderson

Director of Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region, Toole Design Group
Alia Anderson has worked for nearly 15 years at the intersection of transportation, land use, and community planning. As Toole Design Group's (TDG) Regional Director of Planning, Alia works with local governments, developers, metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies... Read More →
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James Elliott

Senior Planner, Toole Design Group
Jim Elliott is Senior Transportation Planner for Toole Design Group who specializes in school transportation. He has worked with dozens of schools and school districts across the country to develop Safe Route School travel plans and serves as an expert subconsultant for the Natio... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Recognizing How Historical Injustice Affects Current Bicycle Infrastructure Implementation: Community Engagement Lessons from North Minneapolis
Speakers
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Russ Adams

Executive Director, The Alliance
Russ Adams has served as the Director of the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability since 1995 and has worked as a nonprofit advocate and community organizer for over 30 years. During this time the Alliance built successful community coalitions to advance economic and racial justice... Read More →
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Madeline Brozen

Associate Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Madeline is the Associate Director of External Affairs for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies where she builds strategic partnerships and connects the world of research to practice. She is also the manager of the Complete Streets Initiative and conducts research and eva... Read More →
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Alexis Pennie

Project Management Team, Northside Greenway Now!
Alexis is a community member and active in a number of Minneapolis organizations seeking to improve the twin cities community. He is a consultant for local and regional active-living and public health initiatives. He currently serves as the Chair of the North Minneapolis Bicycle... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Bert Parker (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Exhibitor Area Open
Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 5:15pm
Forest/Venetian (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Creative Crowdsourcing Partnerships
ioby (In Our Backyard) is a crowd-resourcing platform that has enabled hundreds of community-led public space projects in several U.S. cities. ioby staff and project leaders from Memphis and other cities (NYDOT and Great Streets L.A., among others, have been invited to participate in the session) will provide case studies of partnerships between community groups, NGOs, and public agencies to implement innovative placemaking in public rights of way. Following presentations and Q&A, an interactive breakout portion of the session will allow participants to develop their own project concepts in collaboration with other attendees. Session presenters will facilitate an overview of the process, from project idea, to developing partnerships, assembling a project and resource team, and navigating possible city agencies involved.

Speakers
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Lauren Kennedy

Executive Director, UrbanArt
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Ellen Roberds

Memphis Action Strategist, ioby
As ioby's Senior City Action Strategist, Ellen works with local leaders shaping and re-shaping their neighborhoods one project at a time while also supporting ioby's expansion in Detroit and Cleveland. Ellen loves her job because she gets to spend her days being part of t... Read More →
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John Paul Shaffer

Executive Director, BLDG Memphis
John Paul Shaffer, AICP is the Executive Director for BLDG Memphis, whose planning and advocacy work supports more equitable transportation and land use policies and greater public participation in planning and development. John Paul holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 5:15pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

2:15pm

Big River Crossing: Connecting Main Street to Main Street
In 2012 a group of local governments and organizations received a TIGER grant for the Main-to-Main Multimodal Connector project. This nearly $30 million endeavor involved extensive streetscape improvements to downtown Memphis’ Main Street corridor, a greenway trail leading from West Memphis, AR to the Mississippi River, and the landmark bike/pedestrian boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, dubbed the Big River Crossing. A guided bike ride will tour the improvements made along the project corridor, stop to chat with some of the individuals who led the project, and take the Big River Crossing to Arkansas, where it connects to 70 miles of levee trails and the future Big River trail, and back.
*Bike Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require an additional fee, but do require advance registration.
 

Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 5:30pm
TBA

4:00pm

Building Connected Multimodal Networks in Rural and Suburban Communities
This session will focus on planning and design techniques to make walking and bicycling viable transportation choices in rural and suburban communities. It will highlight information from two recent FHWA publications: the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide (to be published in January 2017) and Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (published in August 2016). The Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide is a design resource and idea book, intended to help small towns and rural communities support safe, accessible, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities. Achieving Multimodal Networks highlights ways that planners and designers can apply the design flexibility found in current national design guidance to address common roadway design challenges and barriers. It focuses on reducing multimodal conflicts and achieving connected networks so that walking and bicycling are safe, comfortable, and attractive options for people of all ages and abilities. The session will highlight linkages between the two resources, addressing challenges and opportunities specific to the rural and suburban retrofit context. Issues such as accessibility and MUTCD compliance will be covered, and innovative facility types such as advisory shoulders and yield roadways will be discussed. Other topics will include multimodal use of shoulders, constrained bridges, access to Federal lands, pedestrian and bicycle access to rural transit, transitions to Main Streets, and school access. The documents are available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian.

Speakers
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Alia Anderson

Director of Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region, Toole Design Group
Alia Anderson has worked for nearly 15 years at the intersection of transportation, land use, and community planning. As Toole Design Group's (TDG) Regional Director of Planning, Alia works with local governments, developers, metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies... Read More →
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Nick Falbo

Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design, Inc.
Nick Falbo joined Alta in 2010 and has since worked on a wide array of bicycle and pedestrian plans and projects. He specializes in the research, design and application of complete streets concepts to urban and rural roadways, and he appreciates the nuances of such design element... Read More →
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Megan Hall

FHWA / USDOT
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Joyce Newland

Planning & Environment Specialist, FHWA Indiana Division


Wednesday June 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

4:00pm

Tactical and Strategic Approaches to High Impact Projects
Two presentations will take place during this session.

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) (Grace Kyung and David Leyzerovsky):  demonstration projects are gaining traction as a way to test engineering solutions, and have people experience in real time how potential street changes will work for all road users. They are the antithesis of over-planning, top-down, resource heavy projects that often fail to gain community support. Demonstration projects bring together new partnerships for cross-sector collaboration and reinvigorate a more equitable community engagement process by putting people first. Join this session to learn from Project for Public Spaces of their successful approach to creating streets as places across the nation and internationally and Trailnet's award winning project in Missouri. The session will have an interactive component to share ideas on low-cost high-impact solutions and the tools needed to accomplish this.

Old and New: How Partnerships Got Trail Bridges Built  (Jeff Riegner):  This session includes case studies of two successful but very different trail bridge projects. The first, the Manayunk Bridge Trail in Philadelphia, consisted of conversion of a disused rail bridge into what has been called the "crown jewel" of the Delaware Valley trail network. A coalition of nine agency partners banded together to get financial support for the project and see it through completion of construction in late 2015. The project has won six awards from a variety of organizations and has been praised for its function and design sensitivity. The second, the Jack A. Markell Trail in Delaware, is one mile of trail that includes more than 3,000 feet of bridges, part of which is a new signature arch bridge over the Christina River. The multi-agency partnership for this project was focused less on funding and more on quality of design and permitting. Design and permitting are complete and construction begin in November 2016. 

Speakers
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Grace Kyung

Special Projects Director, Trailnet
Grace Kyung is a Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner at Trailnet. Grace enjoys the challenges and opportunities of using innovative approaches to engage and educate stakeholders about safer street designs. Grace provides technical assistance on how to improve the built environment to... Read More →
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David Leyzerovsky

Senior Project Associate, Project for Public Spaces
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Jeff Riegner

Vice President, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
Jeff Riegner is vice president of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP. He leads the firm's active transportation practice and its Wilmington, Delaware office. Jeff is a professional engineer and certified planner with 26 years of transportation consulting experience. He serves a... Read More →


Wednesday June 28, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

4:00pm

5:30pm

Happy Hour with Exhibitors
Wednesday June 28, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Forest/Venetian (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:00pm

Local Host Committee Dance Party
The party will be held at Loflin Yard (7 W Carolina Ave, Memphis, TN 38103) - open to all PDS attendees and their guests!

Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, June 29
 

8:00am

Value Added: Foundation Support for Civic Assets and Public Space

Hear from representatives of the Kresge Foundation and Hyde Foundation on their organizations’ roles in supporting transportation, recreation, and other public space projects. Kresge has made significant civic investments in Detroit and other cities, including Memphis, joining other foundations like  Hyde in funding visionary active transportation and public space projects in the southeastern U.S. 

Then join Tom Bertulis for the final portion of the session as he leads an exercise on what you learned from this year's PDS!


Speakers
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Tom Bertulis

Manager of Traffic Engineering Department, Design Consultants Inc (DCI)
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Carol Coletta

Senior Fellow, Kresge Foundation
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Lauren Taylor

Hyde Family Foundation


Thursday June 29, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Growing Bike Lane Networks
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Alex Liaw

Transportation Engineer, City of Vancouver
Alex Liaw is a Transportation Design Engineer with the City of Vancouver, focusing on conceptual and detailed design of bikeways and public space. Last spring, he designed and implemented two of the four protected bike lanes as part of the 2016 Downtown Bike Network Expansion Project. His ongoing work include the redesign of Smithe St and managing... Read More →
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Craig Toocheck

Program Analyst/Designer, NACTO
Craig Toocheck is Program Analyst/Designer at NACTO. Beginning his career at NACTO in July 2014, he is one of the principal authors and designers of the Transit Street Design Guide, and is now working with cities to incorporate the lessons from the TSDG into their transit plans... Read More →


Thursday June 29, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Model Complete Streets Policies for Pedestrian Safety
Model Complete Street Policies for Pedestrian Safety (Lauren Blackburn): As part of the FHWA Every Day Counts (4) initiative, local and state agencies will have access to technical assistance and educational resources that will encourage the implementation of safer roadways for pedestrians. The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program is developing model policies for the selection and installation of pedestrian crossing safety countermeasures. Mrs. Blackburn and Ms. Brookshire will present model policies, based on best practices across the United States. Policy topics will also include the role of the State Highway Safety Plan, complete streets design, and public awareness efforts like Vision Zero - in support of improving pedestrian safety.

Speakers
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Lauren Blackburn

Sr. Project Manager, VHB
Lauren is a Senior Project Manager who provides expertise to a variety of transportation, planning, and research projects. Her key areas of interest are in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, comprehensive planning, roadway safety, and community health. Prior to joining VHB, L... Read More →


Thursday June 29, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Crosswalk Enforcement and ADA Compliance
Two presentations will take place during this session.

A Case Study of the Effect of Crosswalk Enforcement Operations on Driver Yielding Behavior at Unsignalized Mid-Block Crosswalks in Raleigh, North Carolina (Sarah Searcy): Pedestrian fatalities are an increasing concern on North Carolina roadways. Resulting from the documented increase in pedestrian fatalities since 2009, the 2013 Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP) Highway Safety Plan identified reducing annual pedestrian fatalities to 138 as a GHSP goal. The North Carolina Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Data Tool maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)'s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation shows that there were 188 pedestrian fatalities and nearly 3,000 crashes statewide in 2012, and pedestrians consistently account for about 10% of all fatal crashes each year. The WatchForMe NC Campaign was launched in the Triangle in 2012 to draw awareness to the issue with a goal to reduce the number of crashes by changing drivers' behaviors toward pedestrians. The enforcement component of this campaign consisted of targeted operations by police to increase driver yielding at crosswalks. Building upon the evaluation and techniques utilized for targeted enforcement operations conducted during the WatchForMe NC Campaign, the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) investigated the question, "How much enforcement is needed to change driver yielding behavior to pedestrians in a crosswalk?" This information can assist with building a program that uses enforcement resources effectively and make the roadway safer for a vulnerable user group. Four different scenarios were employed to test the intensity and duration of differing intervention plans, where an intervention is defined as a two-hour enforcement period, and analyzed to understand where diminishing returns may coincide with investment in the time spent on enforcement. ITRE partnered with the Raleigh Police Department and North Carolina State University Campus Police to conduct more than 60 enforcement interventions for a total of 122 enforcement hours during the study period. ITRE coordinated the duration and intensity of the enforcement interventions to test the following four scenarios with the addition of a control location: 1. High intensity, short duration [(2) five-day interventions, and then no enforcement event] 2. High intensity, long duration [(2) five-day interventions, and then (2) per month for six months] 3. Medium intensity, long duration [(1) five-day intervention, and then (2) per month for six months] 4. Low intensity, long duration [(2) per month for six months] 5. Control site

Bicycling, Walking, and ADA - Partnering for a Truly Universal Transportation (Dawne Garnder): This presentation will look at planning a walkable/bikeable transportation network for all users, regardless of mobility. The ADA requires program access to all public facilities, including public rights of way. Public entities as well as private business owners that provide a place of public accommodation are required to meet minimum accessibility guidelines as set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. This session will discuss how to integrate accessibility into the transportation network not only at a minimum required by law, but going above and beyond to truly make an integrated system for users of all types of mobility. Partnerships with local disability advocates are critical to the success of moving forward toward an all inclusive transportation network. A discussion will take place regarding avenues of partnerships as well as examples as what has worked well for the City of Springfield. A good partnership with disability advocates, providing a plan for ADA compliance and open communication can help local jurisdictions avoid a visit from the Department of Justice.

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Dawne Gardner

Transportation Planner/ADA Coordinator, City of Springfield - PW Traffic Operations
Dawne Gardner, AICP is the Transportation Planner/ADA Coordinator for the Department of Public Works at the City of Springfield, MO. Prior to working for the City, she worked for MoDOT as a Transportation Planner and ADA Coordinator. Dawne obtained her ADA Coordinator Training Ce... Read More →
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Sarah Searcy

Research Associate, Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE)
Sarah Searcy is a Research Associate with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Thursday June 29, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

9:30am

Civil Rights, Public Space, and Urban Art in Memphis
Public spaces, including streets, both play a role in facilitating civic action and in documenting history, culture, and change in our communities through design, art, and programming. Join the Memphis Urban Art Commission, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Facing History and Ourselves for a walking tour of sites that commemorate the history of African Americans in Memphis. This walking tour will visit the National Civil Rights Museum, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, ,Jr., where a public sculpture depicts the ongoing struggle for civil rights. Participants will visit murals and streetscape projects celebrating the history of downtown Memphis and the work of justice activists in the city, visit a recently placed historical marker interpreting the Memphis Massacre of 1866, and tour the recently revived Clayborn Temple where marchers organized and took refuge during the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968.
*Walking Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require additional fees but do require advance registration. 

Thursday June 29, 2017 9:30am - 12:45pm
TBA

9:30am

The Hampline: Crowdsourcing Connections to Revitalization
This bicycle tour will begin on the Shelby Farms Greenline in near East Memphis. Participants will ride west, discussing the diverse neighborhoods connected by Memphis’ first major regional bicycle infrastructure project. We will stop in the Binghampton neighborhood to discuss community revitalization efforts with the Carpenter Art Garden Community Bike Shop, the Caritas Community Center, and the Binghampton Development Corporation. Participants will conclude by riding the Hampline through the historic Broad Avenue business district. The Hampline, protoyped by communty activists for the tactical urbanism event "A New Face for an Old Broad," is a two way cycle track that connects the Shelby Farms Greenline to historic Overton Park. The Hampline has been a critical piece of the revitalization of the Broad Avenue Arts District – an area that was economically depressed as construction of Interstate 40 began in the 1950s and 1960s. Construction of Interstate 40 was ultimately halted by a citizen led coalition and Supreme Court decision in 1978 protecting Overton Park. Attendees will conclude this bike tour with a final discussion beneath the ‘bike gate’ – an art installation that now marks the place where Interstate 40 stops and Overton Park begins.
*Bike Tour*
Mobile sessions do not require additional fees but do require advance registration. 

Thursday June 29, 2017 9:30am - 12:45pm
TBA

11:15am

Complete Streets: Turning Intention to Implementation
Three presentations will take place during this session.

Making Complete Streets the Norm, Not the Exception (Victor Weissburg): All too often, cities and counties adopt complete streets policies and then nothing happens. Often times this is due to a lack of a clear strategy for implementing the policy, particularly when building auto-centric roads is so deeply embedded into the approaches, standards, practices, mentality and culture of the local transportation/public works department. This session will highlight a groundbreaking accomplishment in Prince George's County, MD, an exurban/suburban county in metropolitan Washington DC. In an effort to leverage their complete streets policy for meaningful, tangible outcomes, the County undertook an effort to refresh and revise their street design manual, which regulates the design of all new and reconstructed roadways in the County. Rather than developing Complete Streets guidelines, which are advisory documents, Prince George's County decided to institutionalize more walkable, bicycle-friendly and safe cross sections as part of the regulatory document that agency staff and developers use to build roads. As the consultants leading this task, Toole Design Group helped County staff reach agreement on new street types that would replace the functional classification system in urban areas. We then developed standard cross sections for these new street types, working with a multi-department work group to hash through tough topics such as minimum lane widths, design speeds and minimum turning radii. All of the new street types include skinnier travel lanes, generous pedestrian facilities, and green buffers or medians. Many of them also include separated bike lanes as a standard element in the cross section, which is an extremely progressive move for a county (particularly a suburban one). In October 2016, the new street details were unanimously approved by the County board and have now been incorporated into the County Roadway and Bridge Design Standards. This session will present the goals and outcomes of the project, as well as the process used to build consensus amongst the many staff and departments of the County whose buy-in was key along the way.

Implementing CS on Florida’s Space Coast (JP Weesner): Implementing Complete Street in Florida has never been more urgent than today, many of Florida's cities rank highly on the Pedestrian Danger Index and we've seen an uptick in automobile and cycling incidents. With this in mind and as an example of leveraging policies and codes to support sustainable design strategies, we have been working with the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) in Brevard County, Florida to develop a Complete Streets Policy, programming and prioritizing at the Local/City level, and implementing redesigned streets in the various cities in Brevard County. From the Federal level which guided funding, to the regional SCTPO leading a vision of Complete Streets and prioritizing implementation, to the local City of Melbourne that stepped up and undertook a project to drastically rebuild their street in a new and innovative way, to all of the individual stakeholders that challenged their own belief systems about what a street should be and how it should function, this project showcases how interdisciplinary partnerships and consistent, strong communication led to project that is more than the sum of its parts.

20+ Miles in Two Years (Adam Lind): This presentation will focus on the first two years of implementation of the Fairfax county Bicycle Master Plan adopted in 2014. It will discuss the process, failures, successes, and partnerships that have lead to the construction of over 20 miles on road bike lanes and buffered bike lanes. The session will focus on the importance of partnering with the state DOT and how to work together to implement on road infrastructure through a variety of methods including lane diets, road diets, and pushing people out of their comfort zone when it comes to lane widths in order to improve the bicycle and pedestrian environments.

Speakers
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Adam Lind

Bicycle Program Coordinator, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
Graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a B.S. in Business Adminstration. Graduated from Virginia Tech's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program with a Transportation Speciality in 2012. Started working on bicycle and transportation planning for the Fairfax county Depar... Read More →
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JP Weesner

Director of Landscape Architecture, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
John Paul (JP) has over sixteen years of experience as a landscape architect, urban designer and planner. JP's focus is on designing and planning the urban environment, including 'Green' urban streetscapes, Complete Streets, infill development, transit-oriented development plans... Read More →
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Victor Weissburg

Victor Weissberg is a senior professional with a diverse managerial portfolio in regulatory and transportation policy, local and regional planning, government relations, political affairs, legislative and policy analysis, organizational development/training and communications... Read More →


Thursday June 29, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

11:15am

Enhancing Walking and Biking in Urban Corridors
Two presentations will take place during this session.

Pedestrian-Oriented Signal Timing in Dense Urban Environments (Nolan Levenson): The Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) has become an important tool for improving pedestrian safety and mobility around the country. By providing exclusive crossing time, it allows pedestrians to establish themselves in a crosswalk before vehicles begin to turn, improving visibility and encouraging driver yielding. However, an LPI requires the reduction of green signal time provided for vehicular movement. In congested urban environments, signal time comes at a premium, and oftentimes LPIs are not feasible due to their negative impacts on traffic. In recent years, a new tool has been created ”the Split-LPI” which can allow an LPI without reducing capacity to thru-traffic by holding turns during the LPI phase. Turns are released with a Flashing Yellow Arrow to caution drivers to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. Come learn how NYCDOT is utilizing this tool to improve pedestrian safety and access around New York City. The presentation will include applications, case studies, lessons learned, and discussion of continued use of the Split-LPI.

11th Avenue Complete Street Project - Nashville, TN: Lessons Learned (Brandon Taylor): The 11th Avenue Complete Street project originally started as an urban greenway project. As work progressed, it was determined that a more comprehensive design was needed in order to safely and efficiently accommodate a variety of traveling modes within the Gulch, including vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. 11th Avenue, the main vehicular and pedestrian link between the Gulch and North Gulch, had not been updated to keep pace with the surrounding development. The aging roadway had sub-standard sidewalks (where they existed), lacked bicycle infrastructure, and did not adequately accommodate transit service at the time. The corridor, weathered from its industrial past, did not fit the new trendy, upscale vibe of the neighborhood. RPM was tasked by Metro Public Works (MPW) in developing concept and construction plans for a complete streets project in the Gulch which incorporated both the new greenway and roadway improvements, with a goal to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety. Construction plans were developed for the Complete Streets concept for portions of 11th Avenue, 12th Avenue, and Division Street. The design resulted in the reconstruction of the streets to safely and efficiently accommodate a variety of travel modes, including vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. In particular, the design includes separated cycle tracks on each side of the streets, while also maintaining separate sidewalks on each side of the street. Throughout the project, RPM provided on-going coordination with property owners, utilities, the Gulch Business District, and MPW.

Speakers
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Nolan Levenson

Project Manager, Pedestrian Projects Group, NYCDOT
Nolan Levenson is a transportation planner with a passion for cities, sustainable transportation, and livable communities. He is currently a Project Manager in NYCDOT's Pedestrian Projects Group, where he designs and manages the implementation of projects that improve multimodal... Read More →
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Brandon Taylor

Senior Project Engineer, RPM Transportation Consultants
Brandon is a professional engineer with RPM Transportation Consultants. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Brandon is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and has over 12 years of professional transportation e... Read More →


Thursday June 29, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103