Vision Zero, Equity, Funding: Our 2018 Active Transportation Summit

This year’s Oregon Active Transportation Summit was a great opportunity to learn about making walking, bicycling, and public transit safer and easier for everyone. We’re grateful for everyone who joined us this year! Your commitment and participation are critical to the strength of our movement.

“It’s unconscionable to have zero waste goals, but not a zero deaths goal on our streets,” said Vision Zero Network founder and director Leah Shahum.

We kicked off the two-day event on March 15 with a keynote address by Leah Shahum, the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network. Shahum’s presentation included a discussion of her work at the Vision Zero Network, a national campaign supporting cities working toward the goal of eliminating fatalities and severe injuries on our streets. The network helps communities throughout the country develop and share best practices to make streets safe for all users. Shahum’s analysis of the systems change necessary to achieve Vision Zero is a compelling framework for transportation professionals.

Thursday morning’s breakout sessions addressed social justice for people of color in transportation, how to remake streets to serve a growing city and and outcomes related to the passage of Oregon’s statewide transportation funding package. We had a blast engaging with a broad array of information and participating in robust discussions on how to make Oregon a better place to walk, bike, and ride public transit.

Transportation leaders from the state, regional, and local levels formed the panel for the lunchtime plenary session. We learned how significant new resources are being deployed to address active transportation needs.

The afternoon breakout sessions were equally thought-provoking and focused on placemaking, strategies on sidewalk safety and planning, trends in transit ridership, and the Vision Zero approaches adopted by the cities of Eugene and Portland. Emerging technology and active transportation made for intriguing discussions, as did the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure program and the statewide off-street biking and walking projects.

The latter breakouts noted the importance of creating low-stress bikeways, car-free destinations for tourists, funding biking and walking projects, planning for and investing in safe routes, and prioritizing health and racial equity in Gresham’s active transportation plan.

We concluded the first day of the Summit with the PechaKucha happy-hour event. The event welcomes speakers to deliver fast, fun, and engaging presentations related to biking, walking, and transit and was emceed by Jeff Owen of TriMet and Portland’s Young Professionals of Transportation. Thanks to all of our PechaKucha presenters and to McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub for hosting!

On Friday, Travel Oregon hosted the Oregon Bicycle Tourism Summit, which featured sessions on places to ride, business development, adventure cycling, Oregon tourism, and a keynote address by Andy Williamson of the International Mountain Biking Association. The Active Transportation Summit continued with workshops delivering in-depth material on protected bike lane design and best practices on Vision Zero.
Thanks to the work of the planning committee, the engagement of our many panelists and the support of our sponsors, we produced another inspiring and engaging Active Transportation Summit!

Additional information

Continuing Education Credits: A number of breakout sessions were eligible for professional development credits, and check-in sheets were distributed in such sessions. To track those credits, please log CM credits and self-complete a certificate of attendance if tracking Professional Development Hours.

Presentation slides: If you’re curious about what you missed at this year’s Summit, or simply wish to revisit the content delivered at the event, check out the 2018 AT Summit presentations on our website.

Photos: You can find more photos from the Summit on our Flickr album or by searching the #ATSummit2018 hashtag on Twitter.

The 2018 AT Summit was sponsored by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation & Growth Management (TGM), Metro, TriMet, Kaiser Permanente, Jacobs, KPFF, Travel Oregon, Alta Planning + Design, Car2Go, Kittelson & Associates, Portland Streetcar, Travel Options Group of Oregon, Toole Design Group, BIKETOWN, Ace Hotel Portland, Dero, HDR Engineering, Inc., and McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub.

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