Monday

Time
Description
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Analyzing Interventions for Increasing Bicycle Commuting
Bicycle commuting decreases traffic congestion, decreases dependency on oil consumption, and mitigates critical health conditions like heart disease and obesity. Yet, it is a challenge for non-profits, governmental and community organizations to increase bicycle commuting. I analyzed and reviewed several interventions (e.g. bike lanes, bike parking, education programs, traffic calming, etc.) presented in research for increasing bicycle commuting. I also employed an ethnographic research method from an emic account by conducting interviews of various commuter types in Eureka and Arcata CA and Corvallis and Portland OR. I identified the interventions they perceived as the most ineffective or effective for increasing bicycle commuting. I answered the question: What are bicycle commuters perceptions of the interventions presented in research literature? Answering this question led me to develop a model for dealing with how to approach the implementation of interventions. This model may help determine which interventions are perceived by bicycle commuters as the most likely to increase bicycle commuting, and assist planners in developing appropriate interventions for their community.
Michael Conway (Student, Humbolt State University)
Healthy + Safe
Poster Session + Pecha Kucha presentation
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Community-Generated Mapping and Mobility
Learn how the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC is combining bicycling and design research to create new forms of storytelling with basic cellphones (no smartphones required!). The group is also networking bike commuters with an online system to promote joint rides. Learn about the research and community-based projects, and some of their outcomes, including mapping on the ParTour.net platform.
Benjamin Stokes (Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California), George Villanueva (Researcher, University of Southern California), Otto Khera (Researcher, Annenberg Innovation Lab, University of Southern California)
Healthy + Safe
Poster Session
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Long Beach Walking Loops
Walking Loops are helping engage diverse communities in Long Beach through activity and action. This community-led initiative is developing 50 walking routes that create safer, healthier and more attractive neighborhoods, by offering opportunities for people to walk regularly and connect with the community often. Along with leading walk audits of neighborhoods across the city, the program will have a downloadable 'how-to' toolkit, providing step-by-step information and open source materials for local groups to customize and sustain their own walking routes and programs.
Brian Ulaszewski (Executive Director, City Fabrick)
Healthy + Safe
Poster Session
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Safety Analysis: Augmenting Collision Data with Anecdotal Evidence at the University of California, San Diego
Safety analysis is effective for identifying infrastructure enhancements to improve conditions for bicyclists or pedestrians. Data on bicyclist/pedestrian-vehicle collisions is often too sporadic to identify trends. Important safety enhancements may be overlooked as user avoidance of real and perceived hazard areas may skew collision data downward at those locations. Anecdotal evidence, collected through surveys or workshops, is valuable for identifying 'close calls' or perceived safety issues. This presentation will identify methods for collecting and analyzing anecdotal evidence of real/perceived safety issues to supplement the analysis of collision data.
Matt Benjamin (Associate, Fehr & Peers), Miguel Nunez (Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers)
Healthy + Safe
Poster Session
Grand Ballroom, Level 2

Tuesday

Time
Description
10:15am - 11:45am
Achieving Equal Health for All in Changes to the Built Environment: Three Local CPPW Experiences
Learn how three communities funded through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative developed innovative and equitable approaches to promote and increase active transportation through policy, system and environmental changes. Panelists will discuss planning approaches, signage infrastructure, education campaigns, enforcement, and incorporation of health equity principles.
Jeanette Brugger (Planner, Philadelphia City Planning), Ryan Kellogg (Program Director, Communities Putting Prevention to Work , Public Health Seattle & King County), Stephan Vance (Senior Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
101B
10:15am - 11:45am
Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System: Building Unstoppable Regional Momentum for Bicycling and Walking in Birmingham
Birminghams Regional Greenway Plan is a model for community-based partnerships, combining public health funding, the leadership of a local land trust and regional planning agencies, private sector partners, and thousands of residents to develop a regional vision for active transportation and recreation, public health, air and water quality, and economic development. This project was recently selected for a $10 million TIGER grant, and implementation is underway.
Jessica Roberts (Programs Manager, Alta Planning + Design), Wendy Jackson (Executive Director, Freshwater Land Trust)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
203A
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Reducing Health Inequities Through Active Transportation Policy: Tools, Successes and Lessons Learned in King County, WA
This session will explore policy, systems, and environmental changes that aim to reduce obesity rates through planning interventions in suburban cities. Specifically, this session will demonstrate (1) a model by which active transportation policies were adopted through a CDC grant targeting Washington communities with health disparities; (2) educational tools and example policies developed to support active transportation in suburban communities; and (3) lessons learned through the process. Attendees will learn how to integrate health statistics, educate skeptical elected officials and consider health outcomes when developing transportation policies to improve the built environment.
Amalia Leighton (Civil Engineer / Planner, SvR Design Company), Janet Shull (Senior Planner, City of Federal Way), Max Hepp-Buchanan (Advocacy Campaigns Manager, Cascade Bicycle Club), Tessa Greegor (Principal Planner, Cascade Bicycle Club)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
202B
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bridging Sectors: Fostering Collaboration Between Health and Transportation Professionals
Cross-sectoral work among public health and transportation professionals continues to make important impacts on policy change and improvements to built environments around the country. Session participants will learn about health in all policies approaches for effective transportation policy change, as well as delve into how, when and where public health and transportation professionals have worked together successfully, including examples of recent successes from the County of Los Angeles.
Arthur Wendel MD MPH (Team Lead, CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative), Deb Hubsmith (Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Erika Lewis-Huntley MPA (Project Director Healthy RC, City of Rancho Cucamonga), Louisa Franco MPH (Policy Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
203A
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Independent Walking, Biking, and Roaming by Kids
Kids hardly roam independently by walking and biking with no adult supervision in their neighborhoods, and they are suffering in many ways as a result. They did it decades ago, and they can absolutely do it today as well! This session will provide inspiration and tools for parents, designers, community leaders, and policy makers to give kids the means to roam their neighborhoods on their own, every day. In particular, this session will provide suggestions on how to make a neighborhood engaging and familiar for children, utilizing innovative techniques in placemaking, community building, and parenting.
Mike Lanza (Chief Play Officer, Playborhood)
Healthy + Safe
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
202B

Wednesday

Time
Description
9:30am - 10:15am
Put a Little HASTe in Your Step Towards Promoting Active and Safe Routes to School
HASTe BC (The Hub for Active School Travel in British Columbia) Active and Safe Routes to School initiative is a unique collaborative community-based approach developed to tackle the route causes to school transportation issues. It engages students, schools, and communities in active transportation issues of sustainability, safety, and health. This poster will discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned from our work with schools in New Westminster, BC over the past two years.
Kerry Hamilton (Community Programs Manager, HASTe)
Healthy + Safe
Poster Session + Pecha Kucha presentation
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
4:00pm - 5:30pm
A Technical Assessment of State Pedestrian Safety Programs
NHTSA organizes a team of pedestrian and highway safety experts that evaluate State pedestrian safety program activities based on NHTSA's Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety No. 14, Pedestrian Safety. The team develops a consensus report that includes the current status of the State's pedestrian safety program and provides recommendations for improvement. Come hear about the most recent State Pedestrian Safety Program Technical Assessment conducted in Florida. Panelists will include the NHTSA Pedestrian Assessment coordinator, Assessment team members and Florida pedestrian program managers who requested the Assessment, recieved the Assessment report, and actions underway as the direct result of the Assessment.
Billy Hattaway (District Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation), Leah Walton (Program Analyst, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Trenda McPherson (State Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
203A
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bringing the Credibility of Public Health to the Table
The LA County Department of Public Health developed a multi-pronged strategy for working with cities, community groups and transportation agencies to create healthier communities. Activities range from low-cost investments (staff time) to resource intensive (grant making).One innovative approach included estimating costs for building bike/ped infrastructure region wide to inform the Metropolitan Planning Organizations 2012 Regional Transportation Plan.Stakeholders can bring the credibility and resources of their public health department to support policy change goals.
Gayle Haberman (Senior Policy Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health), Jean Armbruster (Director of PLACE Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
202B

Thursday

Time
Description
8:00am - 9:30am
Planning for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is in the process of amending its municipal code to incorporate healthy design principles as a way of promoting physical activity and reducing obesity rates. The new ordinance will be based on research conducted on 12 urban design features gathered from case studies throughout the United States.
Dan Rosenfeld (Principal, Urban Partners LLC), Drusilla van Hengel PhD (Northwest Planning and Programs Manager, Alta Planning + Design), Susan Tae AICP (Supervising Regional Planner, Los Angeles County Regional Planning)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
203A
9:30am - 10:15am
Bringing New People to the Open Streets - Results of a CicLAvia Participant Survey
CicLAvia, Los Angeles' open streets event, has been a wild success, but organizers continually strive to ensure that it draws a diverse crowd representative of the city. In October of 2011, I conducted an intercept survey of 300 CicLAvia participants, and I identified differences between First-Time and Repeat attendees. For instance, First-Timers were more likely than Repeats to have accessed the route via public transit. I will present other findings from the survey and offer recommendations for the CicLAvia organizers as they work to attract new participants. The results will also benefit organizers of existing and future open streets events in other cities.
Ryan Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles)
Healthy + Safe
Poster Session
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
10:15am - 11:45am
Can A School's Location Make A Kid Fat?
The Active School Neighborhood Checklist (ASNC) is an on-line, user-friendly, full-color quantitative assessment tool for scoring a school site's physical activity potential based on its programs, policies, and built environment. Presenters will make a compelling argument that ASNC score, in part, can predict the average Body Mass Index of a school. In this interactive presentation, participant groups will score a sample school site using the ASNC.
Brian Fellows (SRTS Program Coordinator, Arizona Department of Transportation), Elise Bremer-Nei AICP (Safe Routes to School Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation), Michia Casebier (Grant Writer, M.G. Tech-Writing, L.L.C.), Robert Johnson (Director of Consulting Services, PedNet Coalition Inc)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
201A
10:15am - 11:45am
Managing Risk and Health Benefits: How Do We Compare?
Bicycle and pedestrian advocates may be familiar with risk averse positions articulated by cities and traffic engineers when asked to build streets that are friendly to bicycle and pedestrians. But how substantial is this risk, and how does the risk of installing these facilities compare with the health benefits gained? This panel will discuss the approximate financial risk caused by increased exposure to traffic risks, how these risks can be managed effectively, and how these compare with health benefits gained from completed facilities.
Kathleen Ferrier (Policy Manager, WalkSanDiego), Kenneth Rose MPA (Associate Director of Policy, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Rock Miller (Principal Engineer, Stantec)
Healthy + Safe
90 minute panel session
202B
10:15am - 11:45am
Open Streets: Opening Streets to People, Transforming Communities
Open streets (ciclovias) initiatives offer an innovative way to introduce biking, walking and active transportation choices to residents who may not otherwise consider those options. There are now more than 70 such initiatives across North America, attracting more than one million participants each year. This presentation will discuss the new Open Streets Project, which documents the movement's history, best practices now, and case studies, highlights successful open streets initiatives, and create places.
Michael Samuelson (Member Services/Open Streets, Alliance for Biking & Walking), Mike Lydon (Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative)
Healthy + Safe
Placemaking
90 minute panel session
201B