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The Olympia, Washington, Transportation Transformation

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Time: From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: The bus tour will depart from and return to the Westin Hotel, located at 1900 5th Avenue in Seattle.

Cost, including bus, guides, and lunch: $30.00

Limit: Registration for this workshop is closed. This workshop is full.

This pre-conference mobile workshop consists of a bus trip to Olympia, one hour south of Seattle, and visits to many of the improvements installed in this award-winning bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community.

Come see a small city that has turned itself around in ten years. Our bikeway network is now 75% complete, up from 10%. We're investing $1 million/year in sidewalks, up from $50,000, including use of porous concrete in most new sidewalks. Our new development standards include 20' wide residential streets, bulbouts, planter strips, street lighting, and other features. We have an annual program for pedestrian crossing improvements.

We've developed the first phase of a county-wide rail-trail system, which already allows 20 miles of continuous travel, includes a new $5 million bridge over Interstate 5, and soon will be a 30-mile continuous network. We have an award-winning new bridge, with great pedestrian walks, bike lanes, and viewing stations to appreciate the majesty of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. We've approved a permanent funding measure for park and sidewalk improvements, and are developing a new waterfront park and trail, a new swimming access to a local lake, and ten new neighborhood parks.

The bus departs Westin Hotel (Pro Bike Pro Walk Headquarters) at 10:00 AM for the tour of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Olympia, including a 30-minute walk from the Farmer's Market to Seven Oars Park, across the 4th Avenue Bridge. Lunch provided at a city park. Bus leaves Olympia at 3:30, returning to Seattle by 5:00, in time for the opening reception at 6:00.

Workshop instructors include: Karen Messmer and Jim Lazar

Karen Messmer was elected to the Olympia City Council in 2005, on a platform of commitment to walkability. Prior to her election, she was an Olympia Planning Commissioner for 11 years and served on the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Bicycle Advisory Committee, and Design Review Board. Her day job is as an expert in energy efficiency with Washington State University. She has been involved with bicycle and pedestrian advocacy for over 20 years.

Jim Lazar is Chairman of the Olympia Safe Streets Campaign, and past-president of the Capital Bicycling Club. Involved in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy for more than 35 years, he is a former transportation safety specialist for the Washington State Senate. Jim was chairman of the Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee when the city's Bicycle Facilities Program was adopted, and helped coordinate the voter campaign for approval of a Parks and Sidewalks funding measure in 2004. Jim maintains a consulting practice in energy efficiency and electric utility regulation, based in Olympia. He is currently concentrating on state greenhouse gas regulation.

Limit: Registration for this workshop is closed. This workshop is full.

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