Wednesday, May 14
1:00 PM-3:30 PM Opening Plenary Session
Welcome Address: Phil Serna, Sacramento County Board of Supervisor

Keynote Address: Secretary Brian Kelly, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

I [Walk] California–The Local Perspective: Zelia Gonzales, Youth Advocate, California Walks

Cultivating Sustainability in Transportation Planning: Active Transportation’s Key Role in SB375 & SB391
[EXPAND Details]This session will feature panelists from regions across the state that have recognized the importance and benefits of walking, biking, and active transportation. Learn why active transportation is critical for the regional Sustainable Communities Strategies and the California Transportation Plan 2040.

  • Moderator: Allison Joe, Deputy Director, California Strategic Growth Council
  • Kome Ajise, Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Ahron Hakimi, Executive Director, Kern Council of Governments (KernCOG)
  • Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
  • Hasan Ikhatra, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Mike McKeever, Chief Executive Officer, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
  • Charles “Muggs” Stoll, Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)


3:45 PM-5:00 PM Taking the Clearest Path: Leveraging Enforcement to Ensure Path-of-Travel/Roadway Safety[EXPAND Details]Peace officers, building inspectors, and traffic engineers too often overlook construction and maintenance practices that block or violate pedestrian right-of-way requirements—for example, an alternate and accessible path-of-travel is required during any construction but seldom properly provided; or the lack of timely follow-up to a complaint. Often, they are unaware who has what citation and/or enforcement responsibility. This session will share current construction conditions in downtown Sacramento that present safety problems in order to guide a discussion of possible enforcement and education remedies.

  • Moderator: Bob Planthold, Co-Chair, California Pedestrian Advisory Committee (CalPED); Vice-President, Board of Directors, California Walks
  • Patrick J. Tobin, Founder, Safe Path of Travel; Master Instructor, Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.)
  • Officer Jake Franklin, South Sacramento Area, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Robert J. Mann, Master Instructor, P.O.S.T.
  • Art Stellini, Commander, Broadmoor Police Department; Master Instructor, P.O.S.T.
  • Rod Rifredi, Traffic Officer, Davis Police Department; Instructor, P.O.S.T.


Working with the Media-New & Old[EXPAND Details]From print media to blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, our panel will equip participants with tools, tactics, and strategies to leverage new and old media technologies to get their message heard!

  • Moderator: Tony Dang, Deputy Director, California Walks
  • Damien Newton, Editor, Streetsblog Los Angeles
  • Emily Alice Gerhart, WALKSacramento
  • Jonathan Bair, Board Member, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland


A Sea-Change in Assessing Multi-Modal Travel Effects of Urban Infill Development[EXPAND Details]This session will provide an overview of transportation impact assessments for proposed land use projects and the types of data used, including current practice vs. the need for multi-modal “trip-generation rates” data for projects located in infill/downtown areas to facilitate and support “active” travel modes, such as walking, biking and transit. Panelists will share the results of two recent studies to provide the first trip-generation data for infill areas in California—including UC Davis’ effort to collect more infill travel data and use it to develop a tool for transportation studies of smart growth development projects in California—as well as the national Institute of Transportation Engineers’ (ITE) plans to update its guidance to incorporate the infill data and methods that these studies produced.

  • Moderator: Terry Parker, Secretary, Board of Directors, California Walks
  • James M. Daisa, P.E., Traffic Engineer | Urban Transportation Planner
  • Susan Handy, PhD, Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy; Director, Sustainable Transportation Center, UC Davis


Thursday, May 15
8:30 AM-10:00 AM Get On the Good Foot: Walking the Road to Grassroots Community Participation in Policy Issues and Community Transformation in Contra Costa County[EXPAND Details]Authentic community engagement is an essential component of substantive community transformation, and one that necessitates the involvement of community voices, ideas and particpation from the onset of policy change initiatives. This session will provide multiple examples of grassroots community engagement and capacity building strategies across Contra Costa County that have enabled for increased walkability evaluation, programming, and policy change within the county. Panelists – representing city government, county health services, community-based organizations, and community leaders- will highlight the variability of community needs and assets within a county, and how to engage differently to maximize impact.

  • Moderator: Janet Abelson, Mayor, City of El Cerrito; Immediate Past Chair, Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Board of Directors, California Walks
  • Coire Reilly, Manager, Injury Prevention & Physical Activity Promotion Projects, Contra Costa Health Services
  • Ana Villalobos, Healthy Community Manager, Monument Community Partnership-Michael Chavez Center
  • Gabino Arredondo, City of Richmond Planning Department
  • Eric Aaholm, Executive Director, Youth Enrichment Strategies


Harnessing the Teachable Moment: Risk Communication for Pedestrian Safety[EXPAND Details]The moment a pedestrian is hit, there is an increased concern for the community’s safety. Will it happen again? How can we prevent it? What needs to change? Having a plan prepared for when that tragedy occurs allows agencies to respond effectively during the timeframe when people are open to the message and wanting to take action. Based on the workbook, Communication for Pedestrian Safety: Risk, Response and Change, attendees at this session will learn about risk communication practices, how to apply these strategies to improve pedestrian safety, and how to utilize the “It’s Up to All of Us” campaign materials to promote positive norm change messages. The session will be administered as a training, with interactive tools, models for implementing activities at the local level, and real-life examples.

  • Holly Sisneros, MPH, PedSafe Program Manager, California Department of Public Health
  • Karissa Anderson, PedSafe Program Associate, California Department of Public Health


Capturing Trips on Foot: An Introduction to the Benefits & Challenges of Pedestrian Counts[EXPAND Details]This breakout session is geared to those new in the field of pedestrian safety. Come learn what a pedestrian count is, what it’s used for, and what some of the potential shortcomings are with current methods.

  • Moderator: Jill Cooper, Associate Director, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley
  • Offer Grembek, Associate Director for Research, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley
  • Frank Proulx, Graduate Student Researcher, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Sherry Ryan, Professor of City Planning, School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University


10:15 AM-11:45 AM Realizing Vision Zero in San Francisco – What Will it Take?
[EXPAND Details]Vision Zero has the clear goal of zero traffic deaths in ten years, giving safety and human life the highest priority in the transportation system. In response to advocates, multiple city agencies in San Francisco are taking steps to realize Vision Zero. The San Francisco Police Department has committed to the goal, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency formally adopted Vision Zero, and additional departments are already taking steps towards zero deaths, including the Board of Supervisors, the County Transportation Authority, the Department of Public Health, and the District Attorney. This session will discuss the history that led to Vision Zero in San Francisco, highlighting a strong foundation of collaborative, data-driven, targeted pedestrian safety initiatives. It will then focus on what it will really take to achieve Vision Zero, including agency roles, strategies and challenges to prioritizing safety and human life to achieve this ambitious goal by 2024.

  • Moderator: Nicole Schneider, Executive Director Walk San Francisco
  • Mikail Ali, Commander, San Francisco Police Department
  • Sunny Angulo, Legislative Aide, District Six, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Tilly Chang, Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Sustainable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Seleta Reynolds, Section Leader, Livable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Megan Wier, Epidemiologist, San Francisco Department of Public Health


Innovative Financing & Policies for Walking, Biking, & Complete Streets[EXPAND Details]Rates of walking and bicycling are rising steadily in California, even as supportive funding continues to hover at around 1 percent of transportation dollars. The State created a new Active Transportation Program in 2013 by combining several state and federal programs, but no new dollars were added. Meanwhile advocates, funders, researchers, and local and regional agencies are looking for innovative opportunities to finance Complete Street improvements outside of the traditional state grant programs. Hear about how advocates in the Bay Area worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to institutionalize Complete Streets policies in nearly every county in the region in a few short months. Los Angeles County approved use of toll revenues for walk and bike infrastructure, and a private foundation in LA is getting involved by supporting grant-writing for Active Transportation Program proposals. How effective are these policies and are they moving toward implementation of safer streets?

  • Moderator: Jeanie Ward-Waller, California Advocacy Organizer, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Marty Martinez, Bay Area Regional Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Jessica Meaney, Southern California Policy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Swati Pande, Research Associate, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley


Ongoing Challenges with Pedestrian Safety Data[EXPAND Details]While California is ahead of many states in our data collection efforts around pedestrian travel and safety, there are many ongoing challenges with data collection efforts across the state. Our panelists will describe what those challenges are and help us come up with solutions to address them!

  • Moderator: David Cohen, Safety Specialist, California Division, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • David Ragland, Director, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley
  • Commander Isaac Tillman, Data Processing, Information Management Division, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Dr. Yuanyuan Zhang, Postdoctoral Researcher, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley


11:45 AM-12:30 PM Everybody Walk with a Doc[EXPAND Details]Come join Permanente Medical Group physician and Chief of Health Promotion for Sacramento & Roseville, Renee Nelson, MD, for a walk around downtown Sacramento. After a quick walk to the Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market, you’ll meet up with hundreds of walkers who have joined our walking club and come out to Kaiser Permanente’s weekly physician-led one-mile Walk to Thrive loop around downtown. Hear how our physicians use exercise as a vital sign and prescriptions for walking to reinforce a healthy lifestyle in our communities. And while you’re at it, grab some fruits and veggies at the market!
Tour Leader: Renee Nelson, MD, MS, Chief of Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento and Roseville[/EXPAND]

Youth-Led VideoVoice Walkshop[EXPAND Details]Experience a youth-led walkability assessment using VideoVoice–a technique for community residents to document existing health and safety conditions and desired improvements through video– with the California Walks Youth Leaders! The walkshop will start inside with a short briefing on real-world applications for VideoVoice projects and examples of completed projects. Then we’ll take it to the streets where you can practice VideoVoice for yourself!
Tour Leaders:

  • MariaJose Diaz, VideoVoice Trainer, California Walks Youth Leader
  • Christopher Chavez, VideoVoice Trainer, California Walks Youth Leader


Pedestrian Safety Assessment[EXPAND Details]Join an official Pedestrian Safety Assessment (PSA) evaluator on a walk to a nearby intersection to develop suggestions for potential improvements. Along the way, she will describe the PSA program offered through UC Berkeley’s Tech Transfer program courtesy of an annual grant from California’s Office of Traffic Safety. Each PSA is a collaborative effort with agency staff and may include other stakeholders to develop planning and engineering solutions. The result is a report that summarizes the community’s existing policies, programs, and practices, along with identification of best practices, and site-specific conceptual improvements identified during the walking audit.
Tour Leader: Kamala Parks, Senior Planner, Kittelson & Associates[/EXPAND]

1:15 PM-2:25 PM Toward Vision Zero: Taking Action to Save Lives & Improve Pedestrian Safety in California
[EXPAND Details]For the past several years, pedestrians have increasingly borne the brunt of traffic fatalities–now totaling nearly 25% of all traffic fatalities in the State. Continued investment and coordinated action from state and local agencies and stakeholders is absolutely critical for the State to prevent further tragedies from occuring on our public roadways.This session will feature the current and ongoing initiatives and programs of state agencies working to reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries, as well as to chart new directions for State action on pedestrian safety.

  • Moderator: Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH,Co-Director, Center for Climate Change and Public Health, Public Health Institute
  • Rhonda Craft, Director, California Office of Traffic Safety
  • Commissioner Joseph Farrow, California Highway Patrol
  • Steve Takigawa, Deputy Director, Maintenance and Operations, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)


2:30 PM-3:30 PM Charting a New Course for Healthy, Walkable Communities & Complete Streets in California[EXPAND Details]This plenary session will feature speakers presenting on new and innovative programs and policies the State has led to promote and improve walking in California. Come hear how California has committed itself to promoting active transportation as a key component of a healthy and sustainable transportation system.

  • Moderator:  Kate White, Deputy Director for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)
  • Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research
  • Dr. Ronald Chapman, Director, California Department of Public Health
  • Malcolm Dougherty, Director, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)


3:45 PM-5:00 PM Grassroots Advocacy for Pedestrian Safety: Best Practices From 4 of California’s Advocacy Organizations[EXPAND Details]Learn from pedestrian safety advocates around the state how they are building grassroots community coalitions to influence grasstops decision makers and win results around safer streets. Examples highlighted will include the formation of Bike Walk Committees in the San Diego region, collaboration with high school students to produce a video documentary and petition for a neighborhood traffic light in Sacramento, neighborhood surveys and mapping for pedestrian improvements with Safe Routes to Seniors in Santa Barbara, and the formation of a broad coalition to advocate for and participate in the Vision Zero project in San Francisco. Attendees will learn about the outreach process involved, advocacy training, and details on the specific wins.

  • Moderator: Kathleen Ferrier, Policy Manager, Circulate San Diego
  • Terry Preston, Complete Streets Project Coordinator, Walk Sacramento
  • Nicole Schneider, Executive Director, Walk San Francisco
  • Rebecca Waid, Project Director, Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST)


Innovative Messaging Approaches to Mediate Pedestrian-Bicycle Conflicts[EXPAND Details]Learn the innovative steps the cities of Davis and San Jose are taking to address pedestrian safety concerns. In Davis, the high use of its pathway network for bicyclists and pedestrians has prompted a creative approach to outreach and education. Seniors in San Jose concerned with sidewalk bicycling have encouraged the city to take steps to improve conditions for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Both cities’ strategies make use of limited resources while partnering with their communities for support. In Davis, promoting positive messaging within schools and on pathways is going a long way toward improving conditions for schoolchildren. In San Jose, balancing the mobility needs of multiple constituencies while responding to public input has resulted in a multi-faceted strategy to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. Experiences from both communities emphasize the importance of positive messaging and leveraging community resources.

  • Moderator: Ann Mahaney, Chief, Sustainable Mobility Branch, Office of Community Planning, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans
  • John Brazil, Associate Transportation Specialist, Department of Transportation, City of San Jose
  • Jennifer Donlon Wyant, Senior Associate, Alta Planning + Design
  • David “DK” Kemp, Active Transportation Coordinator, City of Davis Community Development and Sustainability Department
  • Ryan Smith, Active Transportation Program, Department of Transportation, City of San Jose


Trends in Camera Enforcement & Speed Management[EXPAND Details]Cameras can provide enforcement around the clock, allowing peace officers to pursue other duties. Yet, cameras are seldom used in California for red-light violations let alone for speed enforcement or keeping intersections clear (aka, “don’t-block-the-box”). Negative media portrayals of camera enforcement generally overlook the fact that a motorist is not ticketed from a camera device until and unless viewed by an active peace officer who verifies the identity of the driver. This session will delve into the problems, limits, benefits, and future prospects for this oft-neglected enforcement tool

  • Moderator: Capt. Al Casciato, Co-Founder, Security Training Institute; Retired Officer, San Francisco Police Department
  • Mikail Ali, Commander, San Francisco Police Department(Invited)
  • David Cohen, Safety Specialist, California Division, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Officer Kevin Holt, South Sacramento Area, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Sustainable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency


5:30 PM-6:30 PM R Street Walking Tour[EXPAND Details]The R Street Corridor, once a warehouse district in Sacramento’s Central City, has transformed into a new transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood. A significant catalysts for this redevelopment was a reconstruction of the public realm that simultaneously maintained and respected the corridor’s unique historical character while encouraging multi-modal transportation options. This required the incorporation of unique design elements including 4” vertical raised walkways with special concrete coloring admixtures, 20’ wide pedestrian “plaza” areas, special texturing and score marks to establish the pedestrian environment, extra-wide curb ramps, customized LED lighting, preservation of historical cobblestones and railroad tracks in the roadway, and customized drainage structures. Enhanced streetscape elements were also incorporated into the project including a roadway arch, pedestrian arch, decorative pillars, benches, historical plaques and customized bike racks to enrich the active transportation environment. Join Adrian Engel, Principal at Echelon Transportation Group, for a walking tour of historic R Street.
Tour Leader:Adrian Engel, PE, LEEP AP Principal, Echelon Transportation Group[/EXPAND]

K Street Walking Audit[EXPAND Details]The City of Sacramento recently returned limited vehicle traffic to K Street to induce increased business activity. How was this done and how has this affected pedestrian and bicycle travel? Come see how a “complete streets” approach can benefit all users! Join Complete Streets Coordinator Terry Preston of WALKSacramento on a “walk audit,” a diagnostic tool used to assess the walking and bicycling environment of a street, school environment, or neighborhood, to identify complete street components as well as any potential deficiencies on K Street, such as missing sidewalks or curb ramps, obstacles, and dangerous street crossings. Through observation, conversation, and a Walkability Checklist tool, you will learn to conduct walk audits to generate the understanding among community members that leads to correcting pedestrian and bicycle deficiencies.
Tour Leaders:

  • Terry Preston, Complete Streets Coordinator, WALKSacramento
  • Lisa Rawson, Project Coordinator, Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center


5:30 PM-7:30 PM New Belgium Happy Hour at Oshima Sushi Tap House (14th & H)

No-Host Dine-Arounds

Friday, May 16
8:00 AM-9:30 AM What If People Really Did Get Out of Their Cars? The Tremendous Health and Community Benefits[EXPAND Details]Walking may be the only form of exercise available to many people, especially the elderly and low-income, but in today’s environment, places where people can walk safely are rare. Today’s communities are designed for the efficient flow of vehicles, making pedestrian and bicycle travel unsafe, and the distances between homes and employment, shopping, and other daily needs are often too great to traverse on foot or bike. And in some communities, the threat of violence is a deterrent to walking and biking, especially among children. However, there have been significant recent successes in getting people back onto their feet or wheels, and clear health benefits to go with them. In this session, we’ll hear from the Watts community in Los Angeles about a multi sector collaborative to address the barriers to mobility and increased safe passage for students. Then we’ll hear about the Safe Routes to Transit study in the Bay Area that showed promising increases in active transportation and other positive community impacts after infrastructure improvements were made for biking and walking around transit stations. And lastly, we’ll hear about a “What If?” scenario: What if half of all short car trips were replaced with walking and biking? The health benefits would be nothing short of amazing. Join us for this cutting-edge review of what we know today about the possibilities for improving community well-being by making our environments more suited to walking, biking, and riding on transit.

  • Moderator: Teri Duarte, Executive Director, WALKSacramento
  • Sean Co, Lead Planner, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
  • Gilberto Espinoza, Policy Analyst, Urban Peace, Advancement Project
  • David Weinzimmer, Graduate Student Researcher, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley


Promoting Traffic Safety Through Cultural Norm Change[EXPAND Details]Understanding how to promote cultural norm change strategies is key to creating safer environments. This session will highlight examples set by California’s Tobacco Control Program and leading traffic safety culture change models as a means for impacting traffic safety within our state. The essential building blocks of norm change campaigns and successful practices will be described. Current and future efforts of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Traffic Culture Change Workgroup will also be presented.

  • Moderator: Karissa Anderson, PedSafe Program, California Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Bayliss Camp, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Sergeant Heather Mangus, Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Mary Strode, California Department of Public Health
  • Peter Jacobsen, Consulting Engineer


Combining Data with Online Tools to Promote Pedestrian Safety & Community Engagement[EXPAND Details]Pedestrian safety is a pressing issue in San Francisco and other cities around the nation. To craft a program of capital improvements aimed at reducing severe pedestrian collisions, the city of San Francisco employed novel data collection and analysis methods. By pairing crash data with physical and environmental factors, city planners created a set of crash typologies and associated countermeasures. The City then teamed with lowercase productions to create an interactive website to engage and inform the public of the goals and challenges of the WalkFirst program. Engaging communities to promote walkability and safety has always been a fundamental challenge to urban planners. Increasingly, people have come to expect to be able to engage not only online, but on their mobile devices as well. OpenPlans builds tools to address street-scale planning challenges. This session will demonstrate new ways of combining data with online tools to gather authentic and actionable input.

  • Moderator: Theresia Rogerson, Health Educator, County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency
  • Frank Hebbert, Director, OpenPlans
  • Devan Morris, Data Analyst and Cartographer, Environmental Health Branch, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Charlie Ream, Planner and GIS Specialist, Livable Streets Subdivision, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Daniel Reider, Senior Designer and Managing Partner, lowercase productions


9:45 AM-11:30 AM Closing Plenary

Connecting the Movement: Walking in California, America, & Beyond [EXPAND Details]Our closing plenary will set the stage for how our work in California interfaces with the larger walking movement.

  • Moderator: Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente
  • Wendy Alfsen, Executive Director, California Walks
  • Scott Bricker, Executive Director, America Walks
  • James Corless, Director, Transportation for America
  • Rear Admiral Nadine Simons, MS, RN, Assistant Surgeon General; Regional Health Administrator, US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Region IX