Washington Bike Summit Program

2019 Keynote speakerS



Nicole is the Program Manager at NACTO supporting Cities for Cycling, and the Better Bike Share Partnership. Prior to joining NACTO, Nicole worked with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation managing grant funded community development projects, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission on wheelchair accessibility initiatives, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels where she worked on the implementation of citywide cashless tolling. Nicole holds a Master of Urban Policy Analysis and Management degree from The New School, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University. Nicole is passionate about the role of community engagement in the development of public resources, and the use of transportation programming and policy as a tool for social equity.



Robin MazumderRobin Mazumder will talk about human-centered urban design and how his experience as a mental health occupational therapist led to a new understanding of the psychological impacts of urban design.  Robin is a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he spends his time studying the psychological impacts of urban design. Using sophisticated wearable technology and immersive virtual reality, he examines how people experience cities. Robin’s research is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award.

Always striving for a healthier, happier, and more inclusive city, Robin is also a passionate community builder. His advocacy and research and has been featured in numerous outlets including CBC Spark, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Cycling Magazine, University of Toronto Magazine and University Affairs. Avenue Magazine named him one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 in 2014.


  • Session 1     9:45 am - 11:00 am
  • Session 2    1:40 - 2:55 pm
  • Session 3    3:10 - 4:25 pm

Room Layout for Washington Bike Summit


Monday, February 11

Monday, February 11, Session 1 - Parallel Panel A (Cedar)  -  Mobility Transformations via Ebiking Amy Snyder Ohta (University of Washington, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Literature); Mike Nelson (Pedego Redmond), John MacArthur (Portland State University); and Mike Radenbaugh (Rad Power Bikes)

Electric assist bikes (ebikes) are rapidly changing who is biking and how often. This panel brings together rider, manufacturing, retail, and transportation research perspectives. Amy Snyder Ohta will consider mobility transformations from the rider perspective via ebikers' stories from an online forum, sharing the impact of ebiking on users' recreation and commuting, including perspectives of people with disabilities. Mike Radenbaugh will discuss why ebikes are becoming more accessible by sharing his personal manufacturing journey and stories from the people, police departments, and businesses that ride his bikes. From the retail environment, Mike Nelson will share his experience with adapting bikes, training riders and creating solutions for customers across the ability spectrum. John MacArthur will present research results on mode shift potential and the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction as a result of more e-bikes on the road.

Monday, February 11, Session 1 - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock)   -   Lessons from Open Streets: Transforming Mobility through Grassroots and Community Events Megan Ramey (Founder of Bikabout.com); Peter Cornelison (former Hood River City Councilor), and Susan Loftus (Co-founder, Bainbridge Mobility Alliance)

After Hood River held Streets Alive, the city's first open streets event in September 2018, it launched a groundswell of grass supports for active mobility, connected key political and planning stakeholders and was celebrated by the local community. Nine months later, they successfully won grants from ODOT and AARP, and were endorsed by the City. This session will share lessons for successful collaboration directly from the event co-organizers. In October 2018, Bainbridge Island held their first open streets with the central concept of exposing residents and officials to an All Ages, All Abilities way of thinking regarding bike infrastructure, equipment and place-making.  Hear about the goals, outcomes and lessons learned from these two cities on their first open streets.

Monday, February 11, Session 1 - Parallel Panel C (Pine)  Sneak Preview of New AASHTO Bike Guide Amalia Leighton Cody (P.E., AICP), Michael Hintze (AICP), and Craig Schoenberg, PE, AICP)

The AASHTO Bike Guide is the national bicycle transportation design manual referenced by state and local jurisdictions. Attendees of this session to learn how major upcoming changes to this manual will provide for All Ages and Abilities designs, and will fundamentally change bikeway design and MMLOS practices.  The current draft includes substantial revisions to existing guide and recommends additional chapters to provide guidance new facility types, improved safety, and increased demand. The presentation will include proposed content from the draft including tables and design guidance graphics that include considerations for urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Lunch   -   Keynote Speaker:  Nicole Payne (NACTO)

Monday, February 11, Session 2 - Parallel Panel A (Cedar)   -   Inclusive Bikeshare: Part I - What do we know about older adults? A. J. Zelada (League of American Bicyclists), Brian Camozzi (Seattle Department of Transportation), Isaac Gross (Lime Bikes), Carol Kachadoorian (Toole Design),  and Katie Knapp de Orvañanos (Toole Design)

This session will review bikeshare and e-scooter survey data from Toole Design’s extensive work on bikeshare system planning, along with a separate survey about bikeshare sent to a group of older adults who are participating in a multi-year survey about their cycling habits. The session will focus on what we know about bikeshare planning survey response rates for older adults, along with how their responses compare to those of other age groups, and what survey results are showing with the emergence of new technologies, including the emerging field of e-scooters.  Participants will be encouraged to be engaged through Mentimeter and an open Q&A format.

Monday, February 11, Session 2 - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock)   -   Public Bike Parking in the Age of Shared Mobility Hallie O’Brien (Seattle Department of Transportation, Bicycle Parking), Joel Miller (Seattle Department of Transportation, New Mobility), Andreas Piller (Bellevue Transportation Department), Kristina Walker (Tacoma’s Downtown On the Go, and moderated by Brock Howell, (Bicycle Security Advisors)   

There can be only as many people bike as there are safe places to lock-up bikes at destinations. Beyond just bike lanes, city governments play an essential role ensuring neighborhoods and districts have sufficient bike parking while sidewalks also remain uncluttered for accessibility. As dockless bikeshare and scootershare grow, local governments will also need to employ new space management strategies for parking the bikes. On this panel, learn from city transportation department staff, a transportation demand management leader, and a new mobility company on how they’re working collaboratively on public bike parking solutions

Monday, February 11, Session 2 - Parallel Panel C (Pine)   -   Policing, Transportation, Dignify: Engaging People Who are Disabled, LGBTQIA+, Houseless, and Youth Río Oxas (People for Mobility Justice)

Bicycling is widely accepted as a tool for empowerment. However, this is not the case for everyone.  Many people are targeted by racially-biased policing, disadvantaged by poorly designed policies and infrastructure, or have unequal access to transportation choices.  Attendees will learn how they may play a role in perpetuating or preventing unnecessary prejudice. Engage in discussion on the intersectionality of policing, transportation, and dignifying bikeshare for people identify as disabled, LGBTQIA+, housesless, and youth.

Monday, February 11, Session 3 - Parallel Panel A (Cedar)   -   Lessons Learned on New Mobility:  Benefits and Challenges Erin David (Alta Planning + Design); and Armaghan Baghoori (City of Kirkland),  Andy Stevenson & Dana Pounds (Sequim Wheelers)

Hear from people directly working on expanding mobility options for two unique populations.  Beginning in 2017, King County Metro and three area communities launched the SchoolPool program, a safe routes to school-focused effort.  Get an overview of the King County Metro Safe Routes to School Toolkit and open source materials. Further, Sequim Wheelers will share lessons learned in bringing new mobility to people with limited mobility.  Learn insights into implementing a wheelchair bike program in Sequim, WA with emphasis on the benefits for the participants, the community, and volunteers.

Monday, February 11, Session 3 - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock)   -   Measuring Levels of Traffic Stress and Evaluating Community Perceptions of Active Transportation Cody Wuestney (Perteet), Mike Hendrix (Perteet), Guillermo Bermudez (Washington State Department of Transportation), and Nicole Campbell (Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council)

Level of Traffic Stress is a new approach to understanding and ultimately improving bikeways for riders of all ages and abilities. The North Central Washington (NCW) Mobility Council and Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council will share results from a community survey on active transportation, public transit, and biking in this region. Further, engineers from Perteet will share a how metrics for Level of Traffic Streets can more accurately reflect ridership.  This bicycle-safety oriented metric is used by planners to inventory bicycle-facilities for a city, but unlike Level of Service (LOS), it does not account for existing levels of ridership. Preliminary results of an LTS analysis of state right-of-way being developed as part of the State Active Transportation Plan will also be shared.

Monday, February 11, Session 3- Parallel Panel C (Pine)   -   New Technologies & Trails Sujata Goel (King County Parks),  Tim Stapleton (Department of Natural Resources, Statewide Recreation Manager); Randy Kline (Washington State Parks); and moderated by Yvonne Kraus (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance)

Representatives from Washington State Parks, State Department of Natural Resources, King County Parks and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on how changes in the economy are challenging long standing trail planning practices and trail use conditions. Panelists will briefly present major changes they are facing at their agencies, and what trail users can do to help navigate the changes, including new e-bike legislation and anticipated agency steps in managing this new technology. Be a part of a lively debate, share your thoughts with agencies, and be a part of creating solutions.

Monday, February 11, Session 3 - Parallel Panel D (Fir)   -   Inclusive Bikeshare: Part II - Bikeshare Board Game Carol Kachadoorian (Toole Design), and Katie Knapp de Orvañanos (Toole Design)

Building on an earlier panel about inclusive bikeshare, this second part includes an interactive workshop for evaluating bikeshare through a bikeshare boardgame.  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to attend (Part I, Session 2: Panel A, Cedar Room).

Monday, February 11, 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm -  Mobile Workshop: Tour at Intercity Transit  (RSVP form coming soon). 

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Tuesday, February 12

Tuesday February 12, Session 1 - Parallel Panel A (Cedar) -  Cooper Jones Bicyclists Safety Advisory Council Scott Waller, Chris Comeau, and Alex Alston

For the past year the Cooper Jones Bicyclist Safety Advisory Council has been learning about issues facing Washington State's bicycling community. Their findings and recommendations are presented in a report to the Legislature. This presentation would discuss how those recommendations were formed and how they could positively affect bicycling.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 1 - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock)  -  Designing for Complete Streets 2.0 Kirk Paulsen and Derek Abe (Alta Planning + Design)

This presentation will describe new concepts in urban street design to respond to some of the toughest challenges we will face as we transition toward the future of our cities and Complete Streets 2.0. Strategies for Complete Streets 2.0 consider safety, demand, person throughput, and multi-modal choice as top priorities, resulting in a much different outcome than what has typically come from traditional Complete Street projects. While a Complete Street 1.0 improvement may resolve many challenges for unsafe or uncomfortable roadways, they lack the flexibility to accommodate emerging modes and technologies. Hear different examples of this concept, and how segregating based on speed rather than vehicle type allows for greater flexibility, while still maintaining a safe approach to sharing the road.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 1 - Parallel Panel C (Pine)  -  Details TBD Courtney Williams (The Brown Bike Girl)

Lunch  -  Keynote Speaker:  Robin Mazumder (doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo)

Tuesday, February 12, Session 2 - Parallel Panel A (Cedar)  -  Ready or Not? Using Public Health Behavior Change Theory and Transcreation Lens to Accelerate Mode Shift Cailin Henley (Alta Planning + Design), Sully Moreno (C+C), and Andrés Rodríguez (C+C)

The surge of emerging micro-mobility technologies fosters opportunities to encourage new audiences. If we build safe and attractive streets, people will bike, scoot, and walk more often, but how many do so depends on who’s willing to try new modes. Using public health behavior change theory, Alta Planning + Design has developed an evidence-based behavior change model, learn about the stages of change theory, and its application.  In addition, Sully Moreno and Andrés Rodríguez from C+C, a communications agency, applied a transcreation lense to engage new audiences in trying new modes of travel. Their team has observed how most transit programs are not designed to overcome language, cultural, or digital literacy barriers - even though nearly 1 in 10 Washington residents speaks a language other than English.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 2 - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock)  -  Bikeable Walkable Washington: Developing a Statewide Network Barb Chamberlain (Washington State Department of Transportation)

WSDOT Active Transportation Division will present work in progress to identify existing bike routes and infrastructure and the goal of connecting and completing a statewide network. Network analysis will be based on a set of criteria being developed in the Statewide Active Transportation Plan update, including a Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress measure of state routes, and will incorporate current and future US Bicycle Routes. Participants will break out by region and work with local and regional maps to prioritize opportunities to address gaps and barriers and link existing infrastructure. People planning to come to this workshop are asked to bring current bike and trail maps and any plans or concepts they know of for their area. (GIS data links to bike maps, if available, should be emailed to WSDOT Active Transportation Division in advance; send to barb.chamberlain@wsdot.wa.gov).

Tuesday, February 12, Session 2 - Parallel Panel C (Pine)  - Making Olympia a Bicycle-Friendly City: What Comes Next  Jim Lazar (former chair, Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee), Karen Messmer (Olympia Safe Streets Campaign), and Michelle Swanson (City of Olympia Public Works)

Olympia is developing a proposed network of separated bike lanes, bike boulevards, and trails as part of its Transportation Master Plan, which is currently under development. But the work of shifting Olympia towards being bike-friendly began in 1980 with a small cohort of cyclists. Hear firsthand how these cyclists became advocates through coordinating on comprehensive plans, capital budgets, public hearings, creating a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, and ultimately the Olympia Safe Streets Campaign. Now that all the “low-hanging fruit” have been built, learn how the city plans to address more challenging - and costly - projects.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 3 - Parallel Panel A (Cedar)  -  Words Matter: Communicating in the New Mobility Future Barb Chamberlain (Washington State Department of Transportation)

It's #DriverNotCar--unless the car is autonomous. It's a bike lane--or is it a lane for little vehicles with wheels? Is it "active transportation" when some devices have batteries or do we start talking about human-scale transportation in a different way? In all of this, how do media coverage and safety campaigns shape our assumptions and beliefs about who's at fault in a #CrashNotAccident? Participants will practice recognizing and applying frameworks that help reveal hidden assumptions and omissions, discuss what belongs in a definition of active transportation, and take away a style and usage guide. Training and tools will be useful for commenting on official documents, responding to media coverage, and developing safety campaign messaging.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 3 - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock)  -  Measuring Multimodal Connectivity: Testing and Refining a Highway Permeability Rating System for Washington State Kim Voros (Alta Planning + Design)

Following the release of FHWA's Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Connectivity, a call for pilot projects was released. The intent of the call was to inform practice and develop a pool of sample applications to serve as inspiration for state, local and regional governments. Washington State's proposal to develop and test a framework for measuring highway impact on local active transportation networks was selected. This session provides the chance to hear new information about the progress, and gather feedback from attendees that will inform the final product.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 3 - Parallel Panel C (Pine)  -  Winthrop in Motion: Applying the FHWA Small Town & Rural Design Guide Katie O’Lone (Alta Planning + Design); and Erin David (Alta Planning + Design)

In 2016, the Town of Winthrop received funding from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Complete Streets Award to develop the Winthrop In Motion Plan. Completed in 2018, Winthrop In Motion includes a Downtown Streetscape plan, Multimodal Transportation plan, and ADA Compliance Strategy. This presentation will highlight the plan process, including the ways in which this plan builds on the FHWA Small Town and Rural Design Guide.

Tuesday, February 12,  Session 3 - Parallel Panel D (Fir)  -  The Micro-Mobility Effect:  Spokane and other cities Brandon Blankenagel (City of Spokane); additional speakers coming soon. 

Learn about Spokane's key steps to transforming their transportation and mobility options. Spokane's micro-mobility pilot coupled with a consultation contract to 'design' bikeshare created a feedback loop that continues to inform the City for a customized system. Focus groups continue to craft policy to define this new transformative transportation option.  Hear lessons from their efforts, and what's next.

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2018 Washington Bike Summit: Innovations in Bicycling

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