WelcomeDr. Babak Sarani, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Trauma and Critical Care, The George Washington University Hospital More about Dr. Sarani
Dr. Sarani is an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Director of the Center for Trauma and Critical Care at The George Washington University Hospital (GWUH). After completing his medical school and general surgery training at George Washington University, he completed his fellowship in trauma and critical care surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He practiced at the University of Pennsylvania where he established and directed the rapid response teams. His experience with program development led to his being recruited back to GWUH where he was charged with obtaining the Level 1 Trauma Center designation by the ACS that the facility currently enjoys. Other than his duties at GW, he is also the Vice-Chair of the Washington DC Chapter of the ACS Committee on Trauma and past a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST). His research interests include rapid response systems, measurement of coagulopathy following injury, and reconstruction of the chest following severe injury.
Vision Zero: Why now, why here?Hon. Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia More about Mayor Bowser
Muriel Bowser serves as Washington, DC’s seventh elected Mayor. Sworn in on January 2, 2015, she pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia, create pathways to the middle class for residents, and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency and action. Mayor Bowser expanded opportunity across all 8 Wards of DC by strengthening job training programs, and by attracting and retaining jobs in the District. As of the first quarter of 2016, there are burgeoning projects across the city that will eventually deliver 32,000 new jobs. Washington, DC is the economic engine of the metropolitan region, and has one of the strongest local economies in the country. Mayor Bowser is committed to producing, protecting and preserving affordable housing. In her first budget, she devoted an historic $100 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund, putting an unprecedented number of affordable housing units into the pipeline. She also made historic investments in education to accelerate the pace of education reform. DC has the fastest improving urban school district in the nation. The Mayor is committed to making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot, including its most vulnerable residents. When she came into office, she pledged to end homelessness. She has taken bold moves to deliver on that commitment, including releasing a plan to replace the city’s largest family shelter with small, dignified family housing. In everything she does, the Mayor puts District residents first, and ensures that the city’s priorities match the peoples’ priorities. She holds community engagement forums to solicit public input prior to finalizing her fiscal year budget. She is creating a more transparent and open government through a cutting edge open data policy. She championed the successful launch of one of the largest, most transparent body worn camera programs in the nation, to enhance trust between the community and DC’s metropolitan police department. And she launched an inclusive technology program to support startups and entrepreneurs offering products and services to underserved communities. Prior to her time as Mayor, Bowser served as the Ward 4 councilmember of the DC Council – first elected in a special election in 2007, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. As a Councilmember, Bowser served as the Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development which created more than 5,000 units of affordable housing, passed legislation to build a new soccer stadium and secured from the federal government the best portion of the Walter Reed campus for DC. Bowser led her colleagues to pass comprehensive ethics reform and increased transparency in government contracting. Bowser also served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Riggs Park neighborhood. A native Washingtonian, Bowser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chatham University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University.
The ProblemGreg Billing, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association More about Greg Billing
Greg Billing is the Executive Director for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, a regional advocacy and education non-profit membership organization in the Washington, D.C. area. Greg has been with the organization for more than seven years, most recently as the organization’s Advocacy Coordinator. During his tenure, Greg led WABA’s transition to “bicycling for all” advocacy, which focuses on inclusive, comfortable and safe infrastructure and public policies to support growing ridership. Prior to WABA, Greg has worked in marketing for Cornell Outdoor Education and Finger Lakes ReUse in upstate New York and as an wilderness instructor with Outward Bound in Minnesota, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Greg holds Bachelors of Science in Communication from Cornell University with concentrations in technology and sustainability.What is Vision Zero? Why embrace it?
Major Safety IssuesDr. David Yang, Executive Director, AAA Foundation More about Dr. David Yang
Dr. C. Y. David Yang joined the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in October 2016 as its Executive Director. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and private consulting firms. Dr. Yang has co-authored more than forty peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and government reports on subjects related to transportation safety, operations, planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. A technical article he co-authored won Institute of Transportation Engineers’ 2015 Traffic Engineering Council Best Paper Award. He is the Chair for Transportation Research Board’s Users Performance Section and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering.What do we need to understand about speeding, drunk, impaired, and distracted driving in order to reach zero?
EquityEmiko Atherton, Director, National Complete Streets Coalition More about Emiko Atherton
Emiko Atherton is the Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. As the Director, Emiko oversees the Coalition’s federal advocacy, communications, research, and technical assistance programs. She has used her expertise in transportation policy, public health, land use, economic development, and legislation to consult with communities across the United States on how to create better transportation networks. Emiko is an international voice on Complete Streets and has spoken to audiences across the country about the value this approach.What are the impacts of Vision Zero on minorities? How do we address the quality of infrastructure and the challenges of enforcement in predominantly non-white neighborhoods?
Panel Session 1
Opportunities for Cross-jurisdictional cooperationHow can jurisdictions within the Washington Metropolitan region work together to improve safety outcomes?
- Hans Riemer, County Councilmember, Montgomery County
- Lucinda Babers, Director, Department of Motor Vehicles, District of Columbia
- Leverson Boodlal, Engineer, KLS Engineering
- Karyn McAlister, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Prince George’s County
Hans Riemer Hans Riemer is Vice President of the Montgomery County Council and will host his Fourth Annual Great MoCo Bike Summit this spring. First elected in 2010, Hans serves as an At Large member of the Council, representing all one million County residents. He has been a constant advocate for smart growth, transit, and pedestrian and bike safety and accessibility. Among other initiatives, he was a lead sponsor of the resolution establishing Vision Zero in Montgomery County and lead the creation of the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas (BPPAs) program, which invests millions each year in focused engineering improvements in high-use areas. Lucinda Babers Lucinda Babers has served as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) since 2007. She has led the agency in significant and innovative changes, including the closure and opening of four service centers, elimination of passenger safety inspections, creation of a more secure credential (along with central issuance), and implementation of REAL ID and Limited Purpose Credentials. Under her direction, DC DMV has expanded to 55 online services; thereby encouraging customers to skip the in-person trip. Prior to being confirmed as Director, Ms. Babers served as the Deputy Director for DC DMV. She also served in several senior management positions at Amtrak. Ms. Babers is no stranger to DC Government; she previously worked on management reform projects for the city manager during the Control Board era and served as an internal consultant and project manager for the city administrator and corrections. Leverson Boodlal Leverson Boodlal has supported federal, State and local Agencies including DDOT on improving road safety for over 15 years. Boodlal work with State DOTs to integrate their traffic records data (crash, driver, emergency services, roadway, and others) to identify and analyze problems, develop appropriate solutions, implement, and evaluate. Boodlal has also worked with States to integrate safety directly and also through the development of various plans (Strategic Highway Safety, Traffic Records, Vision Zero, and others) into the planning, operations and maintenance processes. Boodlal work has been published nationally and has received numerous State DOT commendations. Besides DDOT, Boodlal has also worked with other DC Agencies to implement best practices in data gathering, enforcement, testing, and behavioral areas. Karyn McAlister, AICP Karyn McAlister is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for Prince George’s County within the Office of the Director for the Department of Public Works and Transportation Ms. McAlister directs the bicycle and pedestrian program for the County and works closely with engineers, law enforcement, school officials, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, and other state and local agencies to improve walking and biking in Prince George’s County. Ms. McAlister has expanded the scope and reach of the County’s bicycle and pedestrian program through enhanced safety education and outreach activities, added coordination with stakeholders and their organizations and efforts to bring bike share to Prince George’s County. Previously, Ms. McAlister was a Community Planner for Prince George’s County with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Prior to joining Prince George’s County Ms. McAlister worked on bicycle and pedestrian issues in North Carolina in the capacity of Long Range Planner for New Hanover County. Ms. McAlister attended the University of Maryland College Park for undergraduate studies and The University of North Carolina Wilmington for graduate school. She possesses a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. Ms. McAlister is a member of the American Planning Association and is a certified planner. Robert Thomson Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, rails, sidewalks and trails in the Washington region. In addition to his twice-weekly newspaper column, he writes for the Dr. Gridlock blog on The Post’s Web site, engages readers in online chats and presents features about transportation issues on The Post’s Sunday Commuter page.
Vision Zero and High Risk UsersHow can we make sure vulnerable road users— pedestrians, bicyclists, those with disabilities, the elderly, and youth—are safe on our roads?
- Sterling Stone, Executive Director, Gearin’ Up Bicycles
- Susie McFadden-Resper, ADA Compliance Specialist, District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights
- Melissa McMahon, Transportation Research & Site Plan Development Manager, Arlington County
Sterling A. Stone Sterling is the Executive Director of Gearin’ Up Bicycles, Washington DC’s only community refurbished bicycle shop. Sterling has been a part of GUB since its founding in 2012, officially joined the staff in 2014 and became its first, full-time Executive Director in 2015. He has spent nearly two decades working with underserved youth in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA in both school and out-of-school time positions. In DC, Sterling previously managed programs at Higher Achievement, Center City Public Charter Schools, and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, where he first met Gearin’ Up founder Katie Lupo and saw the impact of bicycles on youth. In addition to being passionate about youth development, Sterling believes in creating equal access to cycling opportunities for all DC-area residents. Fun bicycle fact: Having not ridden a bicycle since childhood, Sterling rediscovered cycling through Gearin’ Up’s Earn-A-Bike program. He loves to name his bicycles after hip-hop icons; the current favorite is his Cannondale named BluIvy. Susie McFadden-Resper Susie McFadden-Resper is an ADA Compliance Specialist (Public Works) for the DC Office of Disability Rights. She works closely with the DC Department of Transportation on various issues including Vision Zero. Last summer she led a team of Fellows on a project that was designed to educate the public on safety road rules for people with disabilities in the public rights of way. This education and outreach project informed over 4,000 individuals of the District’s Vision Zero goal of achieving safety for all people as they navigate our city streets. She is an ex officio of the DC Department of For-Hire Vehicle Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Access for All Advisory Committee. As a person with a visible disability, being a part of these committees allows her to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities by improving transportation policies that help integrate them into everyday society. She gets satisfaction from serving people with disabilities and ensuring their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are protected. Her interest in transportation equality for people with disabilities began when she was given the opportunity to work on the Presidential Executive Order 13330, Coordinating Human Service Transportation while working at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Anthropology from American University and has been living in the District for over 30 years. Melissa McMahon Melissa McMahon is Transportation Research and Site Plan Development Manager for Arlington County, Virginia’s Commuter Services Bureau. Her work mission is to make it easy for folks to get around Arlington without a personal car. She oversees the conditions, monitoring, and enforcement of transportation demand management in new development, newly oversees the bureau’s research program, and acts as the de facto car-sharing program supervisor. Melissa lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and as a resident serves on Alexandria’s Planning Commission and Transportation Commission. Michele Blackwell Michele Blackwell currently serves as Chief of Staff to At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman. Prior to joining Councilmember Silverman’s office, Michele served as Legislative Director to Ward 4 Councilmember, Brandon Todd and Legislative Counsel to Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. During her time at the Council, Michele has worked on several legislative initiatives, including legislation to create a District-wide paid family leave program, update the District’s century-old recycling laws, reform police practices related to civil asset forfeiture, and expand the city’s smoking ban to include parks, playgrounds, and bus stops.
Public Health Case StudiesPublic perceptions of smoking and wearing seatbelts have changed dramatically over time. What lessons can we learn from this that can be applied to change behavior around speeding and impaired driving?
- Kurt Erickson, CEO, Washington Regional Alcohol Program
- Erin Thomas, Cessation Specialist-Public Health Analyst, District of Columbia Tobacco Control Program
- Jeff Michael, PhD, Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Kurt Erickson Kurt Gregory Erickson serves as President and CEO of the nonprofit and Virginia-based Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). Founded in 1982, WRAP is an award-winning public-private partnership working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking. WRAP may best be known to Greater Washington residents via the organization’s popular free cab ride service for would-be drunk drivers, SoberRide®. In addition to serving as CEO, lead public affairs strategist and registered multi-state lobbyist for the nationally-heralded coalition, Erickson also serves as Project Director of Maryland and Virginia’s Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign – a 15-year, research-based, multi-state and zero-tolerance initiative designed to get impaired drivers off our roads using checkpoints and patrols when and where drunk driving is most likely to occur, and to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving. Erickson is a recipient of numerous honors including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Public Service Award, Virginia Governor’s Transportation Safety Award, Maryland Highway Safety Office’s Kevin E. Quinlan Advocacy Award, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department’s Chief of Police Special Award, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety and MADD-Chesapeake Region’s Community Champion Award, amongst others. Erin Thomas Erin Thomas is currently the Cessation Specialist-Public Health Analyst for the DC Tobacco Control Program. She has spent six years of her tenure at the DC Department of Health working exclusively in tobacco control. Mrs. Thomas manages all aspects of the DC Tobacco Quitline, including vendor contract, fiscal and program monitoring. In addition, she identifies and provides technical assistance with cessation cost-sharing stakeholders to promote public health services guidelines for tobacco cessation. Mrs. Thomas has extensive experience working with local governments, non-profits and community-based organizations. She possesses a Health Services Administration Specialist Degree from The George Washington University, Masters in Exercise Science and Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelors from Miami University Oxford, Ohio. Jeff Michael Dr. Michael is Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with responsibility for the development of programs to increase seat belt use, decrease impaired driving, and improve the safety of motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and older drivers. Previously he served as Director of the Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection Office, with responsibility for developing and promoting programs to reduce alcohol and drug-impaired driving and increase the use of safety belts and child safety seats. During his tenure, Dr. Michael also served as Chief of the agency’s Emergency Medical Services Division, where he supported the national EMS system by developing and maintaining consensus guidelines for educating emergency medical technicians and improving EMS operations. Dr. Michael has served in the Federal government for twenty-eight years. Martin Di Caro Martin Di Caro has been WAMU’s transportation reporter since February 2012. He covers local, regional, and national issues that highlight the challenges the residents of the heavily congested, transit-rich Washington metropolitan area. Di Caro often focuses on the nexus of transportation, land use, and public policy. Before coming to Washington, Di Caro worked at some of the most popular radio stations in the country’s largest media markets. As a general assignment reporter at New Jersey 101.5 FM he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best New Series after reporting on the severe illnesses suffered by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.
Panel Session 2
Vision Zero and Public HealthWhat would our approach to traffic safety look like if we treated traffic fatalities and serious injuries as a public health issue like diabetes, depression, or obesity?
- Dr. Chikarlo Leak, Forensic Epidemiologist, District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
- Dr. Anneta Arno, Director, Office of Health Equity, District of Columbia Department of Health
- Kate Robb, Policy Analyst, American Public Health Association
Chikarlo Leak Dr. Chikarlo Leak is currently the Forensic Epidemiologist at the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). As the manager of the OCME Data Analysis Fusion Center, he is primarily responsible for conducting epidemiological research in support of OCME’s public health surveillance initiative in an effort to reduce the incidence and prevalence of preventable fatalities in the District. Part of this initiative includes real-time analysis and reporting of mortality data to federal, state, and local entities for the purpose of detecting, investigating, and predicting trends to better support at risk populations. In addition, Dr. Leak’s work provides policymakers with neutral data that can be evaluated against larger social determinants of health and inequalities for the overall improvement of policies and services offered to individuals and communities. Dr. Anneta Arno Dr. C. Anneta Arno is an experienced public health professional with a track record in health equity practice. Cross trained in Public Health and Urban Planning, she has served as Director, Office of Health Equity, District of Columbia Department of Health, since September 2015. Her leadership includes community collaboration to transform views and perspectives on the root causes of health inequities, and the practical integration of health equity through a “Health In All Policies” (HiAP) practice-change lens – across public, private, non-profit, healthcare and non-health community sectors. Kate Robb Kate Robb is a policy analyst at the American Public Health Association. In this role, she works on the Healthy Community Design initiatives for the Center for Public Health Policy, which includes active transportation, transportation, and healthy homes. Kate has expertise in community engagement, chronic disease prevention initiatives, and promoting walkability on a local level. Kate received her Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Phronie Jackson Dr. Phronie Jackson is a social change agent concentrating on issues relating to the impact and improvement of situations involving Health Disparities in Chronic Disease Prevention and Self-Management, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health and Health Literacy. Jackson has more than 20 years of Public Health, Community Health, Population Health and Work-site Wellness experience. Jackson has presented her work at numerous local, national, and international conferences. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Spelman College and received a Masters and PhD in Public Health degree from Walden University. In 2016 she was selected as a fellow with Walk America’s Walking College and implemented Walk with a Doc’s Washington, DC Chapter. Her most important project is her family and working with her husband of twenty-plus years to raise their three beautiful children.
Human Impacts of Traffic FatalitiesThis session will address how crashes affect families and communities.
- Melissa Shear, Assistant Attorney General, Public Safety Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
- Christina Quinn, Daughter of Timothy Holden
- Bruce Deming, Personal Injury Lawyer
Melissa Shear Melissa Shear is a prosecutor with over 15 years of experience. In 2001, Ms. Shear began her legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department carrying a felony and misdemeanor caseload of robberies, drug sales and possession, sex abuse offenses, and assaults. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel, Ms. Shear tried over 150 cases. In 2007, Ms. Shear joined the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Safety Division. In that role, Ms. Shear handled misdemeanor traffic offenses, including impaired and reckless driving cases, driver permit offenses, quality of life offenses, including offenses of indecent exposure, unregistered firearms, and unlawful possession of ammunition. Since 2010, Ms. Shear has served as the District’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) and serves as the Division’s expert on traffic safety issues. Ms. Shear focuses her work primarily on impaired driving prosecutions by providing training and technical trial support to prosecutors and law enforcement officers. Ms. Shear graduated from Indiana University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and received her law degree with honors from New York Law School. Christina Quinn Christina works at a global environmental non-profit in Washington, DC. Professionally she is responsible for a number of corporate partnerships to support the mission and fundraising goals of this non-profit ranging from philanthropic relationships, coordinating improved sustainable business practices and cause marketing relationships. As a resident of DC, Christina commutes to and from work by walking or running with her two-year old daughter and frequently sees first hand the need for implementation of initiatives like Vision Zero. Christina is joining this panel as she has been personally impacted by traffic fatalities. Christina’s father, Timothy Holden, was struck and killed by a motorist while riding his bicycle on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland in August of 2015. Christina is dedicated to supporting initiatives like Vision Zero to prevent others from experiencing the same loss. Bruce S. Deming, Esq. Known on social media as “The Bike Lawyer,” Bruce Deming is a personal injury lawyer based n Arlington, Virginia specializing in bicycle and pedestrian injury cases throughout the United States. He is a cycling advocate, a bike commuter, and an avid competitive cyclist. He s the author of “Surviving The Crash: Your Legal Rights In A Bicycle Accident.” Jonathan M. Rogers Jonathan Rogers is the project manager for Vision Zero at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). In DDOT’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Division, Jonathan leads multi-agency coordination for Vision Zero, and formulates policies and regulatory proposals that pertain to the development of transportation systems for the District of Columbia, with particular emphasis on a safe, multi-modal comprehensive approach. In the past, Jonathan was a budget analyst on then Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team, a budget analyst in Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of Budget and Finance, and a Capital City Fellow. Prior to that, Jonathan was an associate at the National League of Cities. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Macalester College. Jonathan is an AmeriCorps alumnus and completed his year of service in his home state of Maine.
Vision Zero and EnforcementWhat is law enforcement’s role in reaching zero traffic deaths? How can police use crash data to set enforcement priorities? How can we foster cross-jurisdictional cooperation among law enforcement agencies?
- Joanne Thomka, Program Counsel, National Association of Attorneys General
- Lamont Hinton, Program Director, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
- Sgt. Charles Seckler, Alexandria Police Department
Joanne E. Thomka Joanne Thomka is a Program Counsel at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). NAAG staff works to help attorneys general respond effectively – individually and collectively – to emerging state and federal issues. Mrs. Thomka is staff liaison to the attorney general community for traffic safety, substance abuse and elder issues. Prior to coming to NAAG, Mrs. Thomka served as the Director of the National Traffic Law Center of the National District Attorneys Association in Alexandria, Virginia. She was also a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, New York and Bureau Chief of the DWI Unit prior to joining NDAA. Lamont Hinton Lamont Hinton is a Program Director with the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department. He is responsible for management of the day to day operations for the Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit which includes Photo Red Light Program and Photo Speed Program. He is also responsible for reviewing and evaluating the technical adequacy and suitability of all contracts and overseeing contractual expenditures, contractual amendments and its impact on the allocated funds. He monitors the program resources to ensure integrity and consistency and develops strategies and implementation plans to maximize overall effectiveness of the program. LaMont earned a Master’s of Professional Studies in Public Leadership with a Specialization in Multi- Sector Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelors’ of Science in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University. LaMont also obtained a Public Manager Certification from The George Washington University and the Metropolitan Council of Governments Institute for Regional Excellence. He also has a certification in Hot Mix Asphalt from Maryland State Highway Association. LaMont is a former Army Veteran where as he served for seven years in Engineering battalion with the primary function of constructing roadways and bridges. Charles Seckler Sgt. Charles Seckler has been with the Alexandria Police Department for more than 24 years, working in Patrol, COPs, Special Operations, Vice/Narcotics and Traffic/Motor Unit. Eileen McCarthy Eileen grew up in various parts of New Jersey and suburban Maryland, in a family that did not always have a car. (Some broke down, some were stolen, sometimes my parents couldn’t afford one.) Although she took drivers’ ed in high school in 1973, she never got a license and has lived in DC, without a car since June 1980. Eileen worked at the US Department of Labor from 1988, until she retired in 2013. Her office was across the street from DC’s Judiciary Square building, where the DC Pedestrian Advisory Council (www.walkdcwalk.org) meets every month, and she started attending meetings. She has served on the PAC since 2012.
Panel Session 3
Winning over the Public to Vision ZeroVision Zero represents a major departure from traditional ways of thinking about traffic safety. How do we build public support for Vision Zero? What messages and approaches have been effective? What are pitfalls to avoid?
- Christine Mayeur, Urban Planner, Nspiregreen
- Moira McCauley, Board member, All Walks DC
- Marieannette Otero, Mid-Atlantic Regional Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- Caroline Samponaro, Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives, New York City
Christine E. Mayeur Christine E. Mayeur is an urban planner that has been described as a renaissance woman. She combines her experience with grassroots advocacy organizations, technical knowledge of urban planning, creativity, and public outreach expertise to strive for highly participatory, inclusive planning projects. She is part of the Nspiregreen team, which led the DC Vision Zero Action Plan Process with DDOT. An avid gardener, pedestrian, and aspiring ‘Master Chef’; Ms. Mayeur strives to use her skills for holistic planning for healthy communities, which includes better food access and security, safe and active transportation systems, and community-based public health programs. Moira McCauley Moira has served on the board of the pedestrian advocacy group All Walks DC since 2015. She was recently appointed to DC’s Pedestrian Advisory Council, representing Ward 5. Martine Powers Martine Powers is a transportation reporter at the Washington Post. Previously, she’s covered a wide range of transportation topics — federal infrastructure funding, bike safety, street design, vehicular congestion, parking meter wars — at the Boston Globe, Politico, and as a Fulbright fellow in Trinidad & Tobago. Marieannette Otero Marieannette Otero is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Policy Manager at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, where she works to increase funding opportunities and improve transportation policies that support safe walking and bicycling for children and families in the region. Prior to joining Safe Routes to School National Partnership, she oversaw the Association for Safe International Road Travel’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program activities providing strategic and technical guidance to civil society organizations in Kenya and Turkey advocating for evidenced-based road safety policies. Ms. Otero holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and attended the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law. Caroline Samponaro Caroline is one of the nation’s foremost advocates for traffic justice and has helped lead New York City’s rapid transformation into a bicycle-friendly city since joining Transportation Alternatives in 2006. In 2014, she spearheaded the formation of a new branch of Transportation Alternatives called Families for Safe Streets (FSS). Members of FSS have lost loved ones or been injured in traffic crashes on New York City streets, and TransAlt helps amplify their powerful stories as a tool for change. Caroline directs dozens of grassroots campaigns to transform streets and adopt sustainable transportation policy in New York City. She manages the network of thousands of New Yorkers making Vision Zero a reality on the ground. Caroline is frequently quoted in the media on these issues and is a sought-out speaker on Vision Zero, traffic justice and the transition away from the automobile in cities across the globe. Caroline lives in Brooklyn and holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University.
Infrastructure: Designing Safe StreetsPeople make mistakes. How do we build roads to render those mistakes as harmless as possible? What tools exist to design streets to be safe for even the most vulnerable users?
- Andy Clarke, Director of Strategy, Toole Design Group
- Hillary Orr, Special Assistant to the City Manager, City of Alexandria
- David Anspacher, Transportation Planner, Montgomery County Planning Department
- Erv T. Beckert, Chief of the Highway and Bridge Design Division, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation
Andy Clarke Andy Clarke is the Director of Strategy for Toole Design Group.He has three decades of experience promoting active transportation and livable communities as a consultant, trainer, advocate, and policy analyst. Andy has held leadership positions in a number of national organizations over the years, including serving as the President of the League American Bicyclists, the first Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, a Vice President with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and the Deputy Director of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. He also wrote several of the case studies for the National Bicycling and Walking Study and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Bicycle Transportation. Hillary Orr Hillary Orr is the Special Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Alexandria, VA. In her previous role as the Complete Streets Program Manager she strived to enhance the multimodal transportation network to create a safe, healthy and vibrant community. With her team, she laid the foundation for Alexandria’s Vision Zero Policy and Action Plan. Hillary has significant experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning, traffic calming, and the retrofitting of existing transportation corridors to improve safety and access for all roadway users. Prior to working in Alexandria, she worked for the New York City Department of Transportation where she managed the development, design and implementation of pedestrian safety and traffic calming projects. Hillary has a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. David Anspacher David Anspacher is a Transportation Planner at the Montgomery County Planning Department where he focuses on multi-modal planning. Mr. Anspacher is currently the Project Manager for Montgomery County’s Bicycle Master Plan. Erv Beckert, PE Erv Beckert is currently the Chief of the Highway and Bridge Design Division at the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation. He has been with the County government for the past 17 years. He has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston, another undergraduate degree in International Relations from Drexel University and a masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Beckert is happily married to his lovely wife of 27 years and is the proud father of two daughters, one a successful student/athlete at Elizabeth Seton High School and the other who is a cadet at United States Coast Guard Academy. Dan Reed Dan Reed is a writer, urban planner, and community advocate. He’s worked with communities all over the United States to make their streets safer and more enjoyable places. His writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Architect Magazine, Greater Greater Washington, and Washingtonian Magazine, where his “Cityscape” column appears monthly. A downtown Silver Spring resident, he’s active in the community through his blog (www.justupthepike.com) and on the board of Action Committee for Transit, a 30-year-old transit advocacy group in Montgomery County. Dan has bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and English from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Driver Training and AccountabilityWhat is the role of commercial drivers in reaching Vision Zero?
- Brian Sherlock, Amalgamated Transit Union
- Laura Richards, Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation
- Aaron Landry, General Manager, Car2go DC
- Mike Heslin, Baltimore Market Manager, Lyft
Brian Sherlock Mr. Sherlock began his Transit career in 1979 as an operator for King County Metro in Seattle. That evolved into several decades of work in Safety for the local union. Investigating serious and fatal accidents led to a focus on pedestrian safety and vehicle design hazards, across the US and Canada. Mr. Sherlock is deeply involved in transit safety research and has authored research proposals funded by TCRP, one of the National Research Institutes. He has also served on numerous panels and committees overseeing research projects and examining transportation issues in the United States. His current position is with the Amalgamated Transit Union International, in Washington DC, handling health and safety issues across North America. Laura Richards Laura Richards is a Transportation Planner for the District Department of Transportation, focusing on freight and goods movement. Since joining the District in 2013 she has assisted with the completion of the District’s first District Freight Plan, implemented the Pay-to-Load Commercial Vehicle Loading Zone program, created the interactive truck and bus map, introduced process efficiency in the truck restriction request process, and coordinated with other District staff and consultants to roll-out the Oversize/Overweight Commercial Vehicle Routing Tool. She continues to work to further goods movement safety and efficiency while maintaining and improving quality of life in the District through planning and implementing a variety of goods movement projects in the District. Aaron Landry Aaron Landry is the General Manager of car2go D.C. car2go serves over 60,000 members in the District of Columbia and Arlington County with a free-floating carsharing network of 600 affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. car2go’s global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world. Will Schaefer Will has worked 18 years in commercial truck and bus safety and environmental regulatory policy on international, federal, and state levels. He joined the staff at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in 2010, as Director of Vehicle Programs. Before coming to CVSA he worked as a consultant supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s 21st Century Truck Partnership and as regulatory affairs manager for the Truck Manufacturers Association. Prior to that he worked in research and development at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He’s a graduate of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, where he earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Mike Heslin Mike Heslin is the Baltimore Market Manager for Lyft. Prior to Lyft, he helped launch Google’s Community Affairs team and served as COO of Bravery Corporation, a Washington, DC-based marketing agency, in addition to experience in consulting and startup leadership. He is a DC resident, a graduate of Dartmouth College, and an avid road cyclist.
Lessons LearnedCities across the world are in various stages of implementing Vision Zero. What have we learned so far?
- Eva Hunnius Ohlin, Trade and Economic Affairs, Embassy of Sweden
- Carrie Sanders, Deputy Director, Department of Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria
- Natalie Draisin, Manager of the North American Office and United Nations Representative, FIA Foundation
- Sabrina Sussman, Senior Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Federal Affairs
- Sam Zimbabwe, Chief Project Delivery Officer, District Department of Transportation
Eva Hunnius Ohlin Eva Hunnius Ohlin works in the Trade and Economic Affairs section at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC. In her role as advisor for energy and environment, she reports on US energy, climate and environment policy as well as transportation policy and promotes Swedish environmental technologies. Prior to this position, she worked as an analyst at the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis, where she focused on entrepreneurship and innovation systems. Prior to joining the agency she managed the local Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Eva has a Master of Science in Business Administration from the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg, Sweden. Carrie Sanders As Deputy Director of Transportation/Transit, Sanders is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for Transportation and Transit within T&ES. In this role Sanders has worked on complex projects such as the planned Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, and City’s recently completed update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and the development and launch of the City’s Complete Streets and Capital Bikeshare programs. Before coming to Alexandria, Carrie worked in transportation for the City of Rockville, Maryland, and began her urban planning career in Brussels, Belgium. Carrie holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. Natalie Draisin Natalie Draisin is the Manager of the North American Office and the United Nations Representative for the FIA Foundation. The FIA Foundation is an innovative global road safety philanthropy which focuses on high impact strategic advocacy in road traffic injury prevention and motor vehicle fuel efficiency to ensure ‘Safe, Clean, Fair and Green’ mobility for all. Draisin advocated for the inclusion of road safety in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and helped gather Congressional signatures on a letter to the World Bank, requesting minimum safety performance metrics on their roads. She also secured language prioritizing a safe and healthy journey to school for all children in the UN Habitat III New Urban Agenda, and road safety language in the UN High Level Political Forum. Sabrina Sussman Sabrina Sussman serves as Senior Policy Advisor for New York City Mayor’s Office of Federal Affairs. In this role Ms. Sussman’s portfolio includes transportation, housing, infrastructure, economic development and labor policy. She also supports efforts to collaborate with leading cities, organizations and policy leaders. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Sussman served as Vice President for Membership and Development at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that, she served at the U.S. Department of Transportation, most recently as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. She is a proud personal and professional advocate for Vision Zero, with a deeply personal passion for pedestrian safety. Ms. Sussman holds a Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from American University. Caroline Samponaro Caroline is one of the nation’s foremost advocates for traffic justice and has helped lead New York City’s rapid transformation into a bicycle-friendly city since joining Transportation Alternatives in 2006. In 2014, she spearheaded the formation of a new branch of Transportation Alternatives called Families for Safe Streets (FSS). Members of FSS have lost loved ones or been injured in traffic crashes on New York City streets, and TransAlt helps amplify their powerful stories as a tool for change. Caroline directs dozens of grassroots campaigns to transform streets and adopt sustainable transportation policy in New York City. She manages the network of thousands of New Yorkers making Vision Zero a reality on the ground. Caroline is frequently quoted in the media on these issues and is a sought-out speaker on Vision Zero, traffic justice and the transition away from the automobile in cities across the globe. Caroline lives in Brooklyn and holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Sam Zimbabwe Sam Zimbabwe is the Chief Project Delivery Officer, a new position in DDOT that brings together planning, traffic engineering, transit, and capital projects. Equipped with a wealth of experience in urban design, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and transportation policy development, Zimbabwe guides the development of the District’s multimodal transportation network.