Wednesday, September 6, 2006

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Opening Plenary Session (Exhibition Hall B)
Sharon Roerty, National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW)
Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director, NCBW
Tedson Meyers, President, Board of Directors, NCBW
Tom Huber, Local Host Committee, Madison, Wisconsin
Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin
Jane Silberstein, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, Ashland, Wisconsin

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Period One:

  • Making the Bike/Transit Connection (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 1 - Robert Schneider, (Toole Design Group), will present results of the study, "Integration of Bicycles and Transit," including innovations, and future trends. Topics include bicycle-bus and bicycle-rail integration; ferry and vanpool integration; and more. Kiran Limaye (Portland (OR) Region's TriMet), will discuss low cost solutions -- bike parking and "bike-on-bus" services -- to help people travel "the last mile." Michelle Mowery, (City of Los Angeles), will discuss their partnership with the regional transportation authority to integrate a 14-mile bike facility into a bus rapid transit project within a defunct rail corridor. Lisa Falvy of Sportsworks Northwest, Inc. moderates this panel.

  • 'Share the Road' Campaigns Across the Country (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 2 - All four presenters are working under "Share the Road" grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Felicia Leonard, (City of Clearwater, FL), will share a comprehensive multi-media campaign. Pete Phair, (Bicycle Coalition of Maine), will discuss project partner selection, research & data collection, and communications models. Kim Baenisch, (Marin County, CA, Bicycle Coalition), will highlight successful campaigns nationwide researched for a national Toolkit. Theron Jeppson, (Utah Dept. of Health), will discuss development, testing, and results of a video project. Paula Bawer of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) moderates this panel.

  • Bikeway Signage Models and MUTCD Directions (Meeting Room G)
    Workshop 3 - Grant Davis, (Chicago Dept. of Transportation), will discuss the city's 160 mile signed bikeway network (2,500 signs). Topics include scope and design, route determination, destination guidelines, sign placement guidelines, system evaluation, and FHWA approval for experimentation. Roger Geller, (City of Portland, OR), will describe his city's comprehensive bikeway network signing and marking project; the presentation will cover design and implementation, and citizen response. Richard Moeur, (AZ Dept. of Transportation), will discuss signs, markings, and other traffic control device proposals affecting bicyclists and pedestrians that are likely to be in the next edition of the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and which ones aren't -- and why.

  • In Pedestrian Planning, Success Is In The Details (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 4 - Megan Hoyt, (Seattle, WA, Dept. of Transportation), will show how a well-intentioned sidewalk project can get 95% of the details right, but then something goes awry. The presentation focuses on connectivity details and key elements to success. Vivian Coleman, (Charlotte, NC, Dept. of Transportation), will describe a new sidewalk policy that allows greater public participation on local and collector streets within established neighborhoods. Arthur Slabosky, (MI Dept. of Transportation), will discuss several intersections and corridors in the Lansing, Michigan, area that illustrate how barriers to non-motorized transportation can be small and short; the removal of these barriers, however, has to be encoded into law to become successful.

  • Economic Impact of Bicycling in Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon (Meeting Room KLOP)
    Workshop 5 - Chuck Strawser, (Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin), will discuss studies and data estimating the economic impact of bicycle tourism, recreation, and racing in the state. Tom Huber, (WI Dept. of Transportation) will present estimates of the economic impact of bicycle-related manufacturing, wholesale distribution, and retail, to estimate the total economic impact of bicycling in Wisconsin. Mia Birk, (Alta Planning + Design) will present data on the burgeoning bicycle-related industry in Portland (OR), which contributes tens of millions in revenue to Portland's local economy along with hundreds of local jobs. Business owners report that Portland's investment in bicycling infrastructure andpromotion has led them to relocate here, expand their business, and increase their revenue

  • Tales from the 25: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from Partnerships Supported by Active Living by Design (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 6 - This session will feature brief panel presentations highlighting success stories and lessons learned from diverse, active living partnerships. Presentations will focus particular attention on resource development by partnerships, improving the built environment through policy advocacy, and pursuing health goals through parks and trails initiatives. Panelists’ remarks will be followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience.

  • Creating Bike/Ped-Friendly Cities - Campaigns, Analysis, and Plans (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 7 - Don Cook, (City of Saskatoon, SK), will talk about Area Pedestrian Planning, a simple, concise methodology to predict pedestrian routes to/from new development and redevelopment sites, quantify pedestrian trips, and select appropriate facilities. Robbie Webber, (Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin), will discuss using the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community program to improve the bicycling environment and culture in Wisconsin cities and towns. Elements include identifying physical improvements, forming advocacy groups and advisory committees, and offering workshops and resources. Seleta Reynolds, (Fehr & Peers), will discuss new tools (e.g., smart growth checklists) to help planners, engineers, citizens, and developers measure development impacts on bicyclists and pedestrians; identify improvements; and determining funding mechanisms.
12 noon - 1:30 PM
Moderator: Dr. Robert Chauncey, National Center for Bicycling & Walking
Michael Moule, President, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, APBP Awards
Keynote: Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa, President, Walk & Bike for Life, Oakville, Ontario; Former Commissioner Parks, Sports and Recreation in Bogota, Colombia

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Period Two:

  • Safety through Law Enforcement (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 8 - Laura Hallam, (Florida Bicycle Association), will discuss their statewide education campaign for law enforcement professionals; the focus is on bicycling traffic law offenders as related to injuries and fatalities. Ron Van Houten, (Western Michigan University), will review the success of a Florida pedestrian law enforcement program and present data showing that enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way can increase yielding to pedestrians at traffic signals and uncontrolled marked and unmarked crosswalks. Sergeant Dave Black, University of Massachusetts Police Department, will discuss the “Cross Safely, Drive Safely” project conducted at the University of Massachusetts, which is designed to promote pedestrian safety through a collaborative, comprehensive and sustained program on a major university campus.

  • Connecting Childhood Obesity to Physical Activity and Creating Effective School Walking Routes (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 9 - Jeffrey Sledge, (University of Wisconsin/Madison), will present the work of a team from a UW research lab, pediatric clinic, and the bicycle industry, analyzing bicycling's role in healthy life-styles and healthy city design. The team joined power and biometric sensors with GPS receivers to reveal the energy children expend as they pedal through cities. Erik West, (Greater Portland (ME) Council of Governments), will discuss a study of the Safe Walking Routes Study process used at 13 schools in Portland, Maine, to identify problems and secure funding for improvements. Topics examined include crossing guards, infrastructure, snow removal, policy, and local agency issues.

  • How to Move Your Agenda at the Local Level (Meeting Room G)
    Workshop 10 - Dan Raine, (Houston-Galveston Area Council, TX), will explain how to build support and develop partnerships during the project development process by knowing your audiences, stakeholders, potential investors, and having a clear understanding of the issues. Rebecca Meert, (Brown County, WI, Health Department) will discuss her agency's work in developing Walking and Bicycling Advisory Groups. Topics will include: why organize; who needs to participate; how to work with local officials. Jean Crow, (Partners for Active Living, Spartanburg, SC), will discuss Spartanburg's campaign to become a Bicycle-Friendly Community and how to get your local government and business leaders engaged in the active-living movement. Tom Samuels (Chicago City Council) will discuss tools for challenging entrenched traffic engineering models (e.g. "Level of Service") and strategies for working around them.

  • Bending Current Guidelines and a Look at the UK's New Ones (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 11 - Cheryll Schmitt, (City of Santa Cruz, CA), will discuss the challenges of limited rights-of-way and accommodating all roadway users; designers needs the courage to propose creative solutions to cautious risk managers and policy makers. Tom Bertulis, (Cycling Scotland), will present the revamped United Kingdom cycle design guidelines, based on ideas from many countries, as well as innovative cycle schemes in the United Kingdom. Marc Jolicoeur, (Velo Quebec), will discuss Montreal's efforts to promote walking, biking, and transit. Topics covered will include bus and bikes lanes, contraflow bike lanes, traffic calming, signing and marking innovations, and more.

  • New Tools From The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (Meeting Room KLOP)
    Workshop 12 - Sue Newberry, (Community Partners), will present excerpts from six new ready-to-use PowerPoint presentations, test the audience's knowledge with a new electronic ped/bike self-test, select tools for managing neighborhood traffic and learn where to access these new tools. Herman Huang, (Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.), will discuss the Federal Highway Administration's Pedestrian Safety Campaign Planner, which includes public service announcements, posters, and other materials. The Campaign Planner was evaluated in Missoula, MT, Savannah, GA, and Washington, DC.

  • Remaking and Relinking the Suburbs for Walking and Bicycling (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 13 - Dan Burden. (Walkable Communities, Inc. and Glatting, Jackson), and his co-presenters, Michael Ronkin, (Oregon Dept. of Transportation), and Peter Lagerwey, (Seattle, WA, Dept. of Transportation), will discuss how the streets, buildings and mixed-use villages of the future will look, act and feel like for the pedestrian and bicyclist. This discussion will take the best of new urban and suburban re-making in 5-10 cities and identify new partnerships that are bringing back economic life to areas needing them the most.

  • Replacing Car Trips with Biking and Walking Trips (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 14 - Ellen Barton, (Whatcom Council of Governments, Bellingham, WA), will describe "Whatcom SmartTrips," a comprehensive program to help residents cut automobile trips uses individualized marketing, and incentive programs to encourage walking, bicycling, and bus trips. Linda Ginenthal, City of Portland (OR) Office of Transportation, will discuss the award winning "Getting Around Portland Hub" program, which realized an 8.6% reduction in drive-alone car trips and a 46.7% increase in environmentally-friendly trips. Kristin Hendricks, (Fitness Council of Jackson, MI), will discuss how the community took lessons learned from their Safe Routes to School program and applied them to the worksite. Program components include Personalized Active Transportation Plans, company bikes programs, and more.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Poster Session 1 & Refreshment Break

3:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Madison Downtown Pedestrian Tour

This walking workshop will begin at the Convention Center and will highlight some of the pedestrian problems and solutions in the downtown Madison area. The workshop will be of interest to proponents of urban pedestrian safety. (In addition to the mobile workshop, this tour is offered in two versions – Downtown East and Downtown West – as a self-guided tour with cue sheets. A post conference workshop will also be offered; check at the Local Host Committee table during the conference.)

Ice Age Junction Walk

The Ice Age Trail Junction offers a new vision of urban development in which a walking trail, in this case the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, is the organizing factor for land use planning. The parkland inspired by the trail, including 200 acres of restored prairie, is set aside and new housing is developed around it, allowing surrounding communities to maintain their separate identities and avoid urban sprawl. Gary Werner, a visionary in trail and community planning, will lead the workshop.

Madison Bicycle Facilities Tour

Being squeezed into a narrow isthmus between two lakes and major automobile thoroughfares creates many challenges for the urban bicycle facilities planner and engineer. This bicycling mobile workshop will illustrate solutions to problems encountered in this difficult environment and show how Madison was able to win a Gold award as a bicycle friendly community. The workshop follows a lakeshore path, a creek path, a rail-to-trail path, bike lanes, and calmed neighborhood streets. (You can also take this ride as a self-guided tour with cue sheets, available at the Local Host Committee table.)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Period Three:

  • Local Active Living Campaigns (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 15 - Deb Kreider, (City of Naperville, IL), will discuss how the City has teamed up with two school districts to promote International Walk to School Day. The result? Twenty-five schools participating in 2005, and 8,000+ students walking or biking to school. Stephanie Monroe, (Upstate Forever), will discuss the Spartanburg (SC) Active Living Assessment, which involves reviewing local plans, regulations, and ordinances; and identifying opportunities, incentives, and possible regulatory changes. Leigh Ann Von Hagen, (Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers Univ.), will introduce participants to the Mayors Wellness Campaign, a program to equip local government with model tools, strategies and programs to implement healthy living initiatives.

  • School Connections Overseas - Japan, UK, & Australia (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 16 - Ken Spence, (Transport Initiatives, Leeds, UK), will discuss the new British National Standard for cycle training and its role in encouraging cycling among the young. Shoko Kumagai, (Feet First, Seattle, WA), will present an overview of walking and biking to school in Japan; with a long history of safe routes to school success, Japanese initiatives have much to teach. Ted Wilson and Maree Burn (Wilcare Services, Geelong, AU), will present case studies of education programs and school travel plans.

  • Working In - And With - Diverse Communities (Meeting Room G)
    Workshop 17 - Pete Rangel, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), discusses how advocates can expand their organizing in diverse communities. Organizations like CBF have developed expertise and experience in increasing bicycling and walking within African American and Latino neighborhoods. Rob Sadowsky, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), will describe how CBF targets and engages community-based organizations in diverse areas to open doors to other strategic contacts, such as clinicians, to promote active transportation programs and leverage the CBOs to grow community-wide adoption.

  • What to Do When You're Not Madison or Portland: Creating Bike/Ped-Friendly Places in East Tennessee (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 18 - Kelley Segars and Ellen Zavisca (Knoxville, TN, Regional Trans. Planning Organization), will discuss building connections among bicycle advocates, agencies, and people interested in promoting active living and Safe Routes to School. Philip Pugliese, (Outdoor Chattanooga, TN) will discuss how Chattanooga has begun integrating bicycle facilities into its transportation system. Melissa Dickinson Taylor (Chattanooga-Hamilton Co., TN, Regional Planning Agency) will discuss the unique Chattanooga partnership dedicated to increasing physical activity through better community design and education.

  • Bike-Ped Facilities and Freeway Interchanges (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 19 - Michelle DeRobertis, (Santa Clara Valley, CA) Transportation Authority), will: 1) give you the vocabulary to talk to the engineers designing the interchange; 2) tell you the design parameters that make the ramp intersection with the surface street bike-friendly or bike-hell; 2) give you examples of success stories so that you can refer to a precedent for good design. Mary Ann Koos (Florida Dept. of Transportation), will discuss several successful examples of incorporating bike and pedestrian facilities into interstate modification projects. James Mackay, (City of Denver, CO), will discuss a recently completed interstate PDE project with a bridge to connect a shared-use path.

  • Getting Walkable Communities - Through Incentives, Laws, and Working With Developers (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 20 - Stephan Vance, (San Diego, CA, Association of Governments), will discuss SANDAG's framework for using transportation funding decisions as an incentive for smart growth development around the region. The first direct application of this policy was a Smart Growth Incentive Program funded through the Transportation Enhancements program. Betty Drake, (Scottsdale, AZ, City Council), will shows how to negotiate effectively for bike/ped improvements and how to leverage your position as a government staff member, advocate, consultant or local official to benefit the community AND the developer's project. Cole Runge, (Brown County, WI, Planning Commission), will discuss how effective various Smart Growth laws have been in making communities more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists, and will give details of Wisconsin's Smart Growth law and how the law has been applied.

  • National Safe Routes Programs and Resources (Meeting Room KLOP)
    Workshop 21 - Deb Hubsmith, (Safe Routes to School National Partnership) will highlight what the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is doing to help ensure that the $612 million in federal funds is used for the widest community benefit throughout the United States. The Partnership is committed to working collaboratively with FHWA, the National SRTS Clearinghouse, and State DOTs, while continuing to serve as 'the voice of the people' for Safe Routes to School. Tim Arnade, (Federal Highway Administration Safe Routes to School Coordinator), will discuss how the new Federal Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) provides each State Department of Transportation with a minimum of one million dollars annually to undertake projects and activities to enable and encourage more children to walk and bike to school. Lauren Marchetti, (Univ. of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center), will present an overview of the clearinghouse on the National Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, a federal initiative established to create safe settings where more parents and children can walk and bicycle to school.

5:30 PM
Conference adjourns for the day

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Special evening presentations in the Monona Terrace Conference Center

Thursday, September 7, 2006

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Period Four:

  • Trail Project Keys to Success (Meeting room E)
    Workshop 22 - Bob Otwell, (TART Trails, Inc.) will describe an 8-year dream in Traverse City, Michigan: stitching together a lost railroad right-of-way to connect a city trail and a country trail that ended a half-mile away. Barriers included 13 private property owners, wetlands, and significant safety issues. Follow the collaborative effort that ended in trail success. Then Peter Lagerway, (Seattle, WA, Dept. of Transportation), will describe a success story you can copy: Seattle’s Chief Sealth Trail. This ten million dollar multi-purpose trail is being constructed through a unique public/private partnership with a local contractor. Using clean, recycled materials from the construction of a new light rail system, the contractor is paying for most of the trail construction costs. This workshop will provide sample agreements (handouts) along with a step by step guide for how to do this in your community.
  • Long Distance Bike Routes - Then and Now (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 23 - Jim Sayer, (Adventure Cycling Association), will discuss the collaborative process under way to create national, signed networks of interconnected bicycle routes; partners in this effort include The American Assoc. of State Highway & Trans. Officials (AASHTO) Adventure Cycling, and other leaders. John Piazza, (East Coast Greenway Alliance), will discuss the construction of an off-road trail from Maine to Florida. With 30% completed, the Alliance is launching a campaign to "Close the Gaps." Jean-Francois Pronovost, (Velo Quebec), will explain how the Route Verte, a city to city bicycle route, has, since 1995, been extending all across the province of Quebec. More than 80% of the itinerary is now completed and its international official opening is planned for the summer of 2007.

  • Crash Analysis - Uses and Approaches (Meeting Room G)
    Workshop 24 - Ruth Steiner, (Univ. of Florida), and David Henderson (Miami-Dade County, FL) will discuss the collaborative efforts to map and analyze the locations of bicycle and pedestrian crashes in Florida counties with the most bicycle and pedestrian crashes. Tom Huber and Michael Amsden (Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation) will discuss a statewide crash analysis undertaken to type all 2003 bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, then to identify relationships between reported bicycle/motor vehicle crashes and roadway characteristics. Libby Thomas, (Univ. of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center), will describe recent improvements to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT) software; in addition, she will describe present examples of applications of the previous version.

  • Tools for Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 25 - Susan Sauve, (City of Peterborough, ONT), will describe how a team of City staff are creating a Sidewalk Strategic Plan by applying weighted criteria to an in-house GIS mapping system. She will discuss how little time is required if municipalities have GIS mapping systems in place. Bruce Landis, (Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.), will present a new bicycle level of service model that accurately measures bicycle accommodation along urban arterials, based on an innovative "Ride for Science" event. Jason Patton, (City of Oakland, CA), will describe three analytic tools for examining the feasibility of proposed bikeways. The tools are simple enough to apply over large areas while robust enough to guide the planning and implementation of new facilities.

  • Complete Streets - Who's Doing It and What They're Doing (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 26 - Roger Henderson, (Kimley-Horn and Associates), will discuss the benefits of interconnecting urban street networks (e.g., shorter pedestrian paths, direct bicycle routes, efficient private vehicle travel, etc.). Barbara McCann, (McCann Consulting), will describe how "Complete Streets" campaigns can help make connections with constituencies far beyond bicycling and walking interests. She will discuss how the National Complete Streets Coalition can help build strong coalitions. Tracy Newsome, (Charlotte, NC, Dept. of Transportation) will present Charlotte's Urban Street Design Guidelines' Six-Step planning and design process and show its application to a sample case study street segment. Barbara Culp, (Bicycle Alliance of Washington), will describe how two dozen bicycle activists collaborated with a city councilman to create the framework for a bicycle master plan -- complete with a complete streets policy.

  • Neighborhood Advocates Speak Out (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 27 - The Active Living Resource Center, a project of National Center for Bicycling & Walking (supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) has invited eight neighborhood delegates to this year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference. These delegates, chosen from applicants around the country, are representatives of hundreds of local organizations trying to make changes in their neighborhoods and communities. In this session, each of the ALRC delegates will have a chance to briefly describe their local projects. Then they'll discuss how their needs (requests for help, tech assistance, etc.) have been met by local professionals the municipal engineer, planner, public health official and by transportation, planning, health advocates. Who has been there for them? What can we (those of us who are in the know) do better for them? What tools and resources do they need, and what can we provide? NCBW's Bob Chauncey will moderate the panel."

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Poster Session 1 & Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Period Five:

  • Getting Your Message Out (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 28 - Claire Stock, (City of Edmonton, AB), will discuss how to take back the media and create good cycling and walking messages and share will share programming advice from planning engaging interviews to reacting to hot media issues. Deb Hubsmith, (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), will highlight success stories and provide a how-to to get your Safe Routes to School program ready for front page headlines on International Walk to School Day (October 4). Audrey Warren, (New Orleans Regional Planning Commission), will discuss how social marketing techniques were employed to develop a bi-weekly e-newsletter with content specifically targeting the non-bike/ped-friendly traffic professional.

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Using GIS (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 29 - Kristin Bennett, (City of Colorado Springs, CO), will discuss the City's first citywide pedestrian facilities inventory, which used a combination of powerful technical tools (GIS, Cartograph video) and low-cost or low tech approaches (intern labor, transit training videos, and minimal field work). Matt Haynes, (Fehr & Peers), will discuss Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as tools to assess a community's walking needs and prioritize improvements. One process for prioritizing pedestrian improvements involves the use of the Ped INDEX GIS tool, which is adapted from the Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Growth INDEX. Greg Rybarczyk, (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), will illustrate a bicycle facility planning framework and methodology using GIS and a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

  • America Walks to School - Coast-to-Coast Stories of Establishing Community-based SRTS Programs (Meeting Room G)
    Workshop 30 - David Levinger, (Feet First, Seattle, WA), Jen Cole, (Feet First, Seattle, WA), Anne Geraghty, (WALKSacramento), Dorothea Hass, (WalkBoston), and Ian Thomas (PedNet Coalition, Columbia, MO), will share experiences of four non-profit organizations that have established walk to school programs resulting in greater community interest in pedestrian conditions. The panel presents their experiences in creating effective advocacy that leads to environmental improvements and behavior change in Massachusetts, Missouri, California and Washington.

  • Connecting with Minority and Disadvantaged Youth (Meeting Room KLOP)
    Workshop 31 - Public school students from underserved neighborhoods in Chicago trained in an after-school apprenticeship program to be bicycling advocates. Those who completed the training received summer jobs teaching bicycling safety to Chicago day campers. Eve Jennings, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), provides a look at the behind-the-scenes effort to convince four NPOs, four governmental agencies, and three corporate sponsors to join together to do something unprecedented. Richard Dugas, (Projet Velogik), describes the Montreal project: community through experiential learning and employability. Richard focuses on the project’s making strong community connections as an integrator of marginalized people, and as a catalyst for local businesses to get involved. Kenneth Walker (Major Taylor Foundation of Greater Kansas City) describes the story of the Foundation, and how it is making connections into Kansas City, Missouri’s, minority community. You’ll learn how his son Christian Griffin’s courage to enter his first bicycle race on an old 10-speed changed his career focus, and how together they are transforming Kansas City’s cycling community.

  • Training the Engineers (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 32 - Theodore Petritsch, (Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.), will describe two new courses being offered by the FHWA: the National Highway Institute’s Bicycle Facility Design and Pedestrian Facility Design. These courses cover trends, issues, and the current state of the art regarding the design of non-motorized facilities. This presentation outlines the study material, learning objectives, and benefits of these courses, which teach participants how to apply existing standards and how to deal with technical issues involved in better accommodating bicycling and walking. Lois Chaplin, (Cornell University), will discuss the critical factor of connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, and how it isn’t necessarily on the radar screen of those responsible for these less-than-urban environments. Lois will describe how the Cornell Local Roads Program is reaching out to highway superintendents and public works officials responsible for the state’s local roads to get them on board with infrastructure for non-motorized users.

  • Trends in Street Design (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 33 - Norman Cox, (The Greenway Collaborative, Inc.), will provide an overview of a context sensitive design approach for non-motorized transportation facilities, developed for the Michigan Department of Transportation. The system considers the project's type and lifespan, the existing or projected landscape context, and many other factors to make recommendations for appropriate non-motorized facilities. Cole Runge, (Brown County, WI, Planning Commission), will discuss the impact of single- and multi-lane roundabouts on pedestrian and bicycle systems in several locations in Wisconsin. Ryan Snyder, (Ryan Snyder Associates), will describe the types of street networks that enhance walking and bicycling through favorable hierarchy, block size, connectivity, street width and other design criteria.

  • Transportation Enhancement Activities, Recreational Trails Program, and the National Trails Training Partnership (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 34 - Christopher Douwes, (Federal Highway Administration), and his co-presenters (Brigit Brown, the Wisconsin St. Trails Coordinator; and Stuart MacDonald, of American Trails and the National Trails Training Partnership) will discuss several national efforts of use to trail developers and advocates. First, the FHWA's Transportation Enhancement activities and Recreational Trails Program provide funds to develop transportation and recreation infrastructure for walking and bicycling and to promote active living. The National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP) offers training for all kinds of trail related activities.

12 noon - 1:30 PM
Lunch On Your Own

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Period Six:

  • Funding Approaches and Trends (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 35 - Karen Messmer, (Olympia (WA) City Council), and Jim Lazar, Olympia (WA) Safe Streets Campaign, will discuss funding local pedestrian improvements. She says the first law of politics is: GET THE MONEY! Learn how Olympia, Washington, moved from a 100+year backlog of sidewalk projects to installing $750,000/year in projects, and the process leading to a voter-approved effort for a dedicated tax just for walking facilities. Paula Reeves, (Washington State Dept. of Transportation), will discuss how securing federal and state funding commitments to Safe Routes to Schools and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety changed the focus and function of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy across the country, and will describe new skills and tools that are now useful to advocates and government representatives. Peggy Rubach, (Maricopa Co., AZ, Dept. of Transportation), will tell you how to secure the money your project deserves. Learn how to choose the right grant for the right project, build a winning team with non-traditional partners, and harness the clout and talents of your stakeholders.

  • Non-Traditional Partners Leading Community Change (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 36 - This session will feature a facilitated discussion between the audience and a diverse panel of three non-traditional bike/ped leaders engaged in promoting active living at the neighborhood and city levels. The panelists will briefly introduce their experience and perspectives before engaging audience members and each other in a lively discussion about partnership, leadership, designing effective initiatives, and working at the community level to engage more people in routine physical activity. This session is hosted by Active Living by Design, a national program office of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supports communities to increase routine physical activity and healthy eating through community design.

  • Sunday Parkways: A Taste of Latin America on the Streets (Meeting Room KLOP)
    Workshop 37 - Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa, President, Walk & Bike for Life and former Commissioner of Sports, Recreation and Parks, will describe the growing Sunday Parkway movement of in Latin America. Beginning in Bogota, Columbia, and moving northward and southward, urban communities are closing arterial boulevards to motor vehicle traffic every Sunday. Learn how Chicago is looking to Latin America to bring this exciting event to the North. Rob Sadowsky and Pete Rangel, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), will describe Chicago’s efforts.

  • GIS Applications in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 38 - Heath Maddox, (Berkeley, CA, Office of Transportation), will describe an innovative GIS application for pedestrian planning: a routable sidewalk centerline network model created to analyze Berkeley’s system of sidewalks, curb ramps, and crosswalks in preparation for that city’s first Pedestrian Master Plan. This presentation describes and demonstrates the development of the model, and its potential application in ongoing maintenance and construction. David Schlabowske, (Milwaukee, WI, Depart. of Public Works), will discuss why a BLOS (Bicycle Level of Service) analysis might not work for your streets, and how to create a GIS inventory of a city’s bikeways and streets networks useful for network planning. Marc Scholssberg, (University of Oregon), will demonstrate a community assessment tool using PDAs that can gather data for safe routes to school, access to transit, and other walking and bicycling applications.

  • Car Parking: Macro and Micro Problems & Solutions (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 39 - How can city planners best integrate on-street car parking with bike lanes? Todd Boulanger, (City of Vancouver, WA), will discuss how several cities have installed a historic form of diagonal parking (back-in or reverse angle) and updated it with bike lanes for important bike and parking corridors? Most cities across the US require parking at each land use and encourage land owners to subsidize auto parking. Ryan Snyder, (Ryan Snyder Associates), will turn that policy on its head and suggests alternative ways of dealing with parking codes, parking pricing and parking meters. Dustin White, (San Francisco Municipal Trans. Agency), will evaluate alternative parking stall markings adjacent to bike lanes, with the aim of encouraging cyclists to ride outside the door zone.

  • Safe Routes: Keys to Long-term Change (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 40 - Beth Draeger, (Eau Claire, WI, City-County Health Dept.), will discuss the Safe STEPS Workgroup that partnered with elementary schools in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The partner base included City-County health, the police department, city planning, and Parks & Rec departments. Melody Geraci, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), will describe best practices when building regional SRTS task forces, and the importance of input from local and regional stakeholders. Wendi Kallins, (Marin County, CA, Bicycle Coalition), will describe how Marin County, California, has taken a pilot program and created a long-term, sustainable SRTS program that will be funded through a transportation sales tax.

1:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Pheasant Branch Trail and Conservancy

This walking workshop will illustrate an amazing community success story that transformed an abused and degraded landscape into a popular recreation and non-motorized transportation corridor. The workshop will also consider the natural and human history of the area and illustrate the engineering, planning and cooperative initiatives that brought this project to fruition. Public transportation will be used to take participants to and from the activity. (Several post-conference options will be available; check at the Local Host Committee table.)

Lakeshore Path and Picnic Point

This is the one walk that is a quintessential Madison experience. It would be difficult to find a Madison walker who hasn’t done it numerous times. For many the walk to Picnic Point is a necessary ritual for all seasons, connecting the urban rambler to a more natural landscape. The walk maintains pleasant views of Lake Mendota, old growth trees and primordial marshes. Side trips will include walks to Allen Centennial Gardens and to ancient Native American effigy mounds. The walk will begin at the Monona Terrace Convention Center and end at the Memorial Union Terrace where walkers may purchase a cone of world-renowned Babcock Hall ice cream. Harriet Brown, author of Madison Walks, will lead the walk.

This mobile workshop will take place in historic Olin-Turville Park within walking distance of the Convention Center. The walking trails in this park have become eroded from a century of heavy use. This workshop will deal with the engineering and building of trails that minimize erosion and simplify maintenance. Brigit Brown, Wisconsin State Trails Coordinator will lead this workshop.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Poster Session 2 & Refreshment Break

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Period Seven:

  • Safe Routes to School Approaches in the Inner City (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 41 - Melody Geraci, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), will introduce unique approaches and modifications to Safe Routes to School programming in the urban setting. Inner-city schools, where high percentages of kids already are walking, often face issues such as crime, economic stress and low parental involvement that go unaddressed in SRTS circles. Beth Gutelius, (Chicago Dept. of Transportation), will discuss the development of two different urban Safe Routes to School programs in Milwaukee and Chicago, both merging ideas of safety and wellness in the school environment. Learn about the environmental context that informed the development of the programs, the process itself, and implementation and evaluation.Sharon Roerty and Mark Plotz (National Center for Bicycling & Walking) will discuss the City Safe Routes to School Program under
    development through the Active Living Resource Center, operated under support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This program is focusing on how to reach and target an approach for underserved communities.

  • Creating Town/Gown Connections in College Towns (Meeting room F)
    Workshop 42 - With growing enrollments and limited space, universities and colleges are facing constant pressure to reduce congestion and improve parking and transportation services on campus. This has opened the door for alternative modes of transportation. Colleen Mitchell, (Toole Design Group), will present best practices for planning in the campus environment to increase bicycling and walking. Madis Pihlak, (Penn State University), will present a series of case studies of various pedestrian prohibitions in the small college town centered region of State College, PA. Susan Powell, (Cornell University), will discuss making community connections for bicycling and walking, using Ithaca and Cornell as examples. This presentation will describe how informal networks are making connections between the city and the university, and between these formal networks and the public.

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Traffic Signal Issues and Directions (Meeting room G)
    Workshop 43 - Sam Fielding, (San Francisco Municipal Trans. Agency), will provide an update on San Francisco’s citywide pedestrian countdown signal installation project, involving an extensive pilot installation. He will also present the results of more recent data collected on pedestrian collision patterns at intersections that received the pedestrian countdown signals versus those that did not and compare data before and after installation. Michael Vecchio, (City of Walnut Creek, CA), will discuss whether or not bicycle signal timing is incompatible with the desires of traffic engineers to maximize efficiency for their signalized streets? Twenty agencies responded to a survey of practices that questioned methodology used and results. This presentation will discuss these findings, concerns expressed, methods of signal timing utilized, and recommend next steps to take.

  • Active Transportation for Healthy Communities (Meeting room KLOP)
    Workshop 44 - How many communities would like to be more walkable and bicycle-friendly but aren’t sure how to do it? Laura Cohen, (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), and Jeffery Rosenhall, (Calif. Center for Physical Activity), will describe how the California Department of Health Services and three non-profit partners together created the Healthy Transportation Network project to bridge critical knowledge gaps statewide. The Network provides a resource website and high-quality technical assistance to local jurisdictions. Johanne Lacombe, (Go for Green), will discuss how active transportation can make a difference in your community. She will show how Go for Green's Active Transportation Workshop encourages and motivates Canadians to choose modes of transportation that require human power, in order to increase physical activity levels and control weight. Lisa Cirill,(California Dept. of Health Services), will describe a strong and unique partnership which serves as a national model. This partnership has allowed the California Center for Physical Activity to acquire over 2 million in project grants from Caltrans to increase walking, biking and access to public transit in communities throughout California.

  • Making Your Advocacy Efforts Pay Off (Meeting room J)
    Workshop 45 - To kick off this workshop, members of America Walks, a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities, will present tips on how effective advocacy can help communities implement plans, programs, and projects. Andy Hamilton, (America Walks and WalkSanDiego.), will then present a Tune-Up for Pedestrian Advocacy Organizations, in which America Walks members will help pedestrian advocates -- and interested bike advocates -- diagnose weaknesses in their organizations, and facilitate a sharing of successful strategies with roundtables focusing on particular topics. Topics include making connections with other interests, fundraising, building membership, what programs to undertake, recruiting and managing your board, staff, and volunteers.

  • Fixing a Driving Culture that has Gone Awry (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 46 - Khalil Spencer, (Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico), takes a different approach to traffic safety with “ALARA”, an effort to cast transportation safety into a paradigm similar to that used to evaluate safety in other complex systems such a high risk industries (chemical plants, nuclear power plants, nuclear installations) or regulated transportation systems (airlines, trucking). Janine Bauer, (Bauer Consulting Assoc.,Inc.), and Rutgers University's Voorhees Transportation Center and the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation, have tackled New Jersey's too-high pedestrian fatality and injury rate by examining its laws, and law enforcement, prosecutions, and practices, in order to suggest improvements that will be presented to agencies and the legislature, building on initiatives from other states and cities.

  • The Evolution of Two Walkable/Bikeable Cities: Boulder, CO and Portland, OR - (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 47 - In this inspirational presentation, Mia Birk, (Alta Planning + Design), will show how investments in bikeway facilities have transformed Portland, a city of more than 500,000, and has led to increased bicycle use, improved economic growth, a vibrant bicycle culture, and a healthier community lifestyle. Martha Roskowski, (GO Boulder/City of Boulder, CO), will then describe a the 20-year evolution that has resulted in Boulder being graced with a comprehensive network of on and off-street facilities where 21 percent of work trips are made by bike. A former bicycle advocate turned city staffer, Roskowski will trace the decisions and dynamics that took a community that had little bike infrastructure and modest programs in the 80s and catalyzed this dramatic evolution to a bicycling Boulder 20 years later.

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Party (The party site is approximately 1.5 miles from the Monona Terrace Convention Center.)

Friday, September 8, 2006

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Period Eight:

  • Data: What It Can Tell Us at the Corridor, City, and National Levels (Meeting Room E)
    Workshop 48 - Data can help move a project forward. But how do you get it, and how do you use it? Bruce Landis, (Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.), discusses predicting non-motorized trips at the facility level. The question of “If you build it, will they come?” has been at the forefront of bicycle and pedestrian planning for many years. This ongoing research initiative is serving to answer that question. Michael Jones, (Alta Planning + Design), then introduces the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation project. Find out the latest cycling and walking trends and patterns in the country and your region, and how it may impact the planning, design, and evaluation of non-motorized facilities in your community. Howard Mann, (New York, NY, Metropolitan Trans. Council), demonstrates a process of counting and collating New York bicycle data to the point where the procedure is standardized. This process was first presented at Pro Walk/Pro Bike in St. Paul in 2002; Mann shows how the team has used technology to make the process more efficient and less costly.

  • Non-Motorized Pilot Project Communities - Canada and the US (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 49 - John Fegan, (Federal Highway Administration), will introduce the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). Section 1807 of SAFETEA-LU, the Federal transportation legislation, called for the establishment of this pilot program which provides $25 million to each of four communities to build connected networks of facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians, and report on how they changed the number of people bicycling and walking. Other communities can learn where the NTPP is in learning what works and what hasn't worked in getting more people bicycling and walking. Sabine Schweiger, (City of Whitehorse, YK), will describe Whitehorse Moves, a Canadian approach to boosting alternative commuting. Whitehorse, Yukon, was selected by Transport Canada as one of eight Canadian municipalities to showcase urban transportation initiatives that reduce greenhouse gases. Whitehorse Moves proposed to elevate the availability and appeal of active commuting by constructing continuous bicycle and pedestrian corridors, road dieting two major thoroughfares, installing a roundabout, and educating the public. Learn about this three-year journey filled with challenges and successes.

  • Where the Trail Meets the Road (Meeting Room I)
    Workshop 51 - On-road bicycle facilities are being constructed throughout the United States. However, in many cases, the general public, elected officials, and planning and design professionals believe that a separated sidepath is the better choice. Theodore Petritsch’s (Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.), presentation describes quantifiable guidelines for sidepath facility consideration and a conceptual level of service framework for sidepaths. William Schultheiss, (Toole Design Group), discusses trail/roadway intersection design as the most frequently overlooked aspect of trail design. Schultheiss notes that designers often don’t grasp the importance of applying standard intersection design criteria to the project, and instead rely upon a stop sign to protect trail users from themselves and motorists at intersections. This approach isn’t working, and is being reevaluated by trail managing agencies.

  • Community Approaches to Encouraging Physical Activity (Meeting Room J)
    Workshop 52 - Many communities are experimenting with ways to get their populations more physically active. Stacey King, (Cambridge, MA, Public Health Dept.), will introduce Fitness Buddies, a 10-week social-support model tested with more than 200 participants in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sabrina McCarty, (Austin/Travis Co. Health & Human Services), will present the best practices and lessons learned in the implementation of a physical activity program called Walk Texas, including group leader recruitment, train-the-trainer safety seminars, community change models, and the Active Austin Guide. Dave Glowacz, (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation), will discuss how bicycling and pedestrian professionals can work with physicians and other health professionals to encourage folks to bike and walk, and describe results of research concerning physical activity prescriptions and other methods bike/ped program managers can use when partnering with community clinics.
  • How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (Lecture Hall)
    Workshop 53 - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hired the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) to develop a comprehensive guide and course to provide a framework for state and local agencies to develop and implement a pedestrian safety action plan tailored to their specific problems and needs. In this workshop, Peter Lagerwey, (Seattle Dept. of Transportation), provides an overview of the “How-To Guide” using materials developed for the two-day training course. The guide is primarily a reference for improving pedestrian safety through street redesign and the use of engineering countermeasures, as well as other safety-related treatments and programs that involve the whole community. The guide also contains information on how to involve stakeholders, potential sources of funding for implementing projects and how to evaluate projects.

  • Senior Connections: Walkable Neighborhoods and Safety Practices (Meeting room G)
    Workshop 54 - California has the highest population of culturally diverse older adults. Presenter Lisa Cirill, (California Dept. of Health Services), will describe how California public health and its partners have played a significant role in promoting a higher quality of life for its growing older adult population by creating best practices on how to make communities safer and more walkable for seniors. John Bauer and Stacey Vilas, (Safe Community Coalition of Madison and Dane Co.) will discuss their NHTSA Demonstration Project, intended to improve pedestrian safety for older adults. The Coalition is one of three groups in the nation to be awarded such a grant.

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Poster Session 2 & Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Period Nine:

  • States Moving Ahead With Safe Routes to School (Meeting room E)
    Workshop 55 - Still wondering how to kick your Safe Routes to School program into gear? Elise Bremer-Nei, (New Jersey Dept. of Transportation), will give you some ideas by demonstrating the multi-layered approach New Jersey has used to get moving on SRTS. This will include an overview of the organizational structure for the state coordinator, the set up of the application process for funding, and lessons learned from pilot programs held in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Charlotte Claybrooke, (Washington St. Dept. of Transportation), will then describe how Washington State agencies, advocates, and elected officials have put together a comprehensive package of programs and funding. You’ll learn steps your own state might take to reproduce Washington‚s successes in policy, funding, oversight, and community mobilization.

  • Making Ped/Bike Connections in Seattle, Boulder, and Eugene (Meeting room KLOP)
    Workshop 56 - This panel presentation is all about making connections for pedestrians and bicyclists. Megan Hoyt will illustrate the eleven key barriers to connectivity that she and her Seattle Dept. of Transportation co-workers have found and discuss numerous countermeasures and implementation strategies specific to these barriers. Marni Ratzel will discuss how Boulder, Colorado, has been fine-tuning their bicycle and pedestrian facilities for enhanced safety, and efforts to measure the effectiveness of these treatments. Lee Shomaker will show what Eugene, Oregon, has done to create a well-connected city, and discuss plans afoot to take Eugene to the next level of bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.

  • Making Tough Decisions: Go With the Data or What the Public Says It Wants Or Doesn’t Want? (Meeting room G)
    Workshop 57 - When a safety problem for pedestrians or bicyclists is identified, an ineffective or potentially dangerous solution is often proposed. Our pleas for doing the right thing are ignored, politics prevail, and the unneeded or ineffective solution advances. In this interactive workshop, Michael Ronkin, (Oregon Dept. of Transportation), and Peter Lagerwey, (Seattle Dept. of Transportation), will explore ways to ensure the knowledge that we possess regarding safe and effective measures to improve walking and bicycling conditions get the attention they deserve. Especially in the face of emotionally and politically laden arguments for “solutions” we know are ineffective, or worse, unsafe. How do we ensure the voice of reason prevails? What role can we professionals play to ensure data mean something? In an interactive format, we will hope to hear from those who have successfully bridged this gap, so please come with success stories. If your experience was not successful, tell us why, and how you would have done things differently to ensure a more positive outcome.

  • Trails - Serving Active People and Revitalizing Communities (Meeting room I)
    Workshop 58 - Billy Fields, (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), will explore the use of nodal development along trails as a means of revitalization. The presentation will focus on the use of trail-oriented development in New Orleans, while also looking at the use of similar revitalization strategies in Atlanta and Montreal. Jack Nasar, (Ohio State University), will discuss what active people want in multi-use trails. His presentation will include results of a study which examined the trail and path design preferences of a typically unexamined population: those who are currently active runners, walkers, and bicyclists.

  • Mapping Approaches for Walkable/Bikeable Communities (Meeting room J)
    Workshop 59 - Brett Hondorp, (Alta Planning + Design), will present an overview of Pasadena, California’s Walking Routes to School Maps program, including low-cost tools for improving pedestrian connections and safety at schools. David Henry, (Walkable St. Louis), will introduce a web-based organizing tool using Google Maps that allows Walking School Bus route organizers to map out their routes and view them on-line by school. Sean Co, (Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland CA), will demonstrate an an online, interactive bicycle facility mapping tool called BikeMapper for the nine-county Bay Area region.

  • ARs, PARs, ORARs, and Trails: An Update on Pedestrian Route Accessibility Standards (Lecture hall)
    Workshop 60 - This session will center around a report on the progress on ADA/ABA-AG, PROW-AG and trails rulemaking. Co-presenters Peggy Greenwell, Marsha Mazz, and Lois Thibault of the US Access Board will use drawings and photographs to illustrate the three Access Board rulemaking initiatives with differing pedestrian circulation provisions. The goal is to have attendees understand how and why route access standards differ; and to be exposed to best practices from around the US and abroad.

  • Successful Advocacy - From Outside and Inside (Meeting Room F)
    Workshop 61 - The transformation of a transportation agency’s attitude of “Bikes and peds, yeah, we got a guy who does that,” to a formal policy of “Bicycling and walking accommodations…will be included in the everyday operations of our transportation system,” doesn’t just ‘happen.’ Tom Dodds, (South Carolina Dept. of Transportation), discusses how such transformation in South Carolina was sparked by a series of statewide annual conferences. These meetings were crucial in getting the right people connected so that progress and change take place and evolution continues. Learn what goes into successful statewide conferences. Mark Wyatt, (Iowa Bicycle Coalition), then discusses building advocacy organizations from the ground up, and how to capture the momentum from a single issue that polarizes your community? Wyatt uses as an example the creation of and projects undertaken by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and shows how to build an organization from volunteers to paid staff.

12 noon
Closing Plenary Session