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Designing Cities 2016: Seattle

Schedule of Events

Monday, Sep 26

Monday, Sep 26 - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (8 Events)

Road Safety: A Global Perspective

Sessions
Annually, 1.25 million people die as a result of a traffic fatality.

The Parking Crunch: Using Data that Matters

Sessions
Cities can successfully make paid parking management decisions using robust data and active community engagement.

Illuminating Thoughts on Nighttime Design

Sessions
In this session, learn about new opportunities for connectivity and ways to boost public health and economic vitality through smart lighting and nighttime design.

Automated Vehicles: An Opportunity for our Cities

Sessions
By limiting speed, allowing only fully autonomous vehicles, and creating data-sharing requirements, we can rethink our streets, expressways, and the ways that we get around and design our cities.

Using Data to Get to Vision Zero

Sessions
Cities' approach to data informs the decisions about which dangerous behaviors a police department will enforce, which streets a transportation department will redesign, and which citywide strategies a Mayor's office will prioritize.

Engineers: Your City's Problem Solvers

Sessions
Meet your city's engineers; your chief problem solvers. With the right problem to solve for, and the appropriate toolbox to work with, PEs and CEs can produce some astounding results.

Strategic Communications: How to Reap Dividends from a Successful Marketing Strategy

Sessions
Marketing pays dividends. Establishing a tone, making a strategic communications plan, and sticking to it, helps agencies set the media narrative, building public trust, and eventually support for new initiatives.

Cutting-Edge Agencies: How Organizational Structure Enables Projects to Get Done, and Done Well

Sessions
What can we learn from cities that have seen success in changing their organizational structure and culture to meet changing demands?

Tuesday, Sep 27

Tuesday, Sep 27 - 8:00 am - 8:30 am (1 Event)

Tuesday, Sep 27 - 9:45 am - 11:15 am (8 Events)

Ride-Hailing Services: Opportunities & Challenges for Cities

Sessions
What will the impact of ride-hailing services be on climate change, congestion, accessibility, and public transit?

Connections: Can Our Public Transportation Infrastructure Also Foster Public Life?

Sessions
Could we use our bus and train stations to connect people not just to destinations but to their neighbors?

Leveraging City Fleets and Purchasing Power for Vision Zero

Sessions
Moving procurement from a bureaucratic checkbox to a source of innovation, cities across the country are discovering that their purchasing power can advance city policies in dramatic ways.

Getting the Most from Your Data: Using Project Evaluations to Bolster Public Support

Sessions
In this session, learn what data to start collecting now, before a project is in the ground, and how to build a communications strategy around the measured success of your city's projects.

Delivering Better Projects Quicker: From Project to Process

Sessions
By integrating policy goals into the design process, cities can streamline the implementation of highly-functioning streets. In other words, they can get things built.

The Six Ingredients for Successful, Equitable Bike Share

Sessions
Six essential ingredients can help ensure that this new mobility option is an option for all.

Bringing Protected Bike Infrastructure to the Next Level

Sessions
Protected bike infrastructure continues to expand in cities across North America, from the first modern parking-protected bike lanes in 2007, to raised cycle tracks and state-of-the-art protected intersections.

Running Better Buses: Increasing Reliability Systemwide

Sessions
Learn how cities are using network, corridor, and systemic strategies to transform the bus from an unsung hero to the watchword of mass mobility.

Tuesday, Sep 27 - 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm (31 Events)

Where the Sea Meets Seattle: Urban Port Operations

Walkshops
Seattle's active port is directly adjacent to downtown. On this tour, see how operations work in such a beautiful but constrained setting with multiple competing, and complimentary, uses.

Transforming a Neighborhood through Street Design: Yesler Terrace

Walkshops
NACTO Street Design Guide principles were followed for all new and rebuilt streets in Yesler Terrace, along with other innovative features including an accessible pedestrian hillclimb.

Festival Streets: Community Centers

Walkshops
Visit Georgetown Festival Street: one of Seattle’s newest festival streets (in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods).

WalkShops

Walkshops
From bikes lanes to streetcars, City of Seattle staff and local partners will host 50+ on-the-ground tours of projects.

Seattle Center: A Northwest Icon

Walkshops
After arriving by monorail, traverse the 74-acre Seattle Center grounds to view active pedestrian rights-of-way, living garage rooftops (including a community garden), and vistas of surrounding transportation projects.

Sensors, Cameras, and Data: Improving Safety and Mobility

Walkshops
See how efficiency, safety and mobility are being enhanced by intelligent, sensor-based infrastructure, including adaptive signal controls, real-time transit information, and video detection that differentiates bicycles from vehicles.

Off-Street Parking: Building Community Support

Walkshops
Learn how Seattle uses off-street parking as a tool for neighborhood support during and after major construction projects.

Beneath the Streets: Hollow Sidewalks and Historic Passageways

Walkshops
See a neighborhood with unusual challenges, including hollow streets and sidewalks, along with historic gems.

Integrating the Streetcar into an International Neighborhood

Walkshops
How did Seattle integrate a modern streetcar into a historic, multicultural, multi-generational community?

Olmsted's Park Plan: 113 Years Later

Walkshops
The 1903 Olmsted Plan for Seattle’s parks has continued to be the basis of Seattle's modern day park system over 100 years later.

It's a Street. It's a Park. It's Bell Street!

Walkshops
Seattle's famous Bell Street is a park that's also a street. Or maybe a street that's also a park?

Building a Platinum Walk-Friendly Community

Walkshops
A comprehensive approach to planning and design can create safe and vibrant places for people to walk and socialize.

Improving Transportation Through Technology

Walkshops
Technology is transforming every facet of our lives, including the operations of our streets. See this change in action.

1% Investment + 40 Years = A Lot of Public Art

Walkshops
For 40 years Seattle has invested 1% of the cost of its capital projects for art, with a profound impact on public space and culture.

Painted Intersections and Public Space

Walkshops
Seattle is rethinking how its streets can foster vibrancy and community-building.

Temporary or Permanent? The Advantages of Both Approaches

Walkshops
A themed tour, exploring Seattle's appreciation of art, café culture, ties to Scandinavia, and urban gardens, while exploring different material approaches.

Pronto's Bike Share Shop

Walkshops
Go behind the scenes at the Pronto! bike share shop.

Multi-Context Cycling: From Neighborhood Streets to Light Rail

Walkshops
Bike infrastructure coexists with light rail tracks and older (retrofitted) bridge design in these two neighborhoods.

High-Tech Cycling in South Lake Union

Walkshops
Houseboats, sea planes, and biotech firms coexist on this four-mile ride through Seattle’s high-tech South Lake Union neighborhood, home to Amazon.

Take the Bike to the Train: Integrating Multimodal Trips

Walkshops
See how Seattle is integrating multiple modes seamlessly on this rail-and-bike tour.

Designing for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Bees

Walkshops
Highlights include pavement-to-parks projects, protected bike lanes, and a mile-long pollinator pathway.

Rapid Implementation vs. Capital Construction: What's Appropriate Where?

Walkshops
See two of America’s 10 Best New Bike Lanes (as reported by People for Bikes): both constructed in a very different fashion.

Channel The Rain: Green Streets

Walkshops
Seattle is well-known for its lush landscape, and it welcomes the rain, using it to transform public spaces into green oases.

Creating Transit-Priority Streets, and Riders, in South Lake Union

Walkshops
A series of low-cost changes to Westlake Avenue made it possible to double the number of people using transit, without widening the road.

Micro-Spaces: Seattle's Parklets and Streateries

Walkshops
Experience some of Seattle’s newest public spaces: its parklets and streateries!

Before, During and After: A Street Transformation In Progress

Walkshops
23rd Avenue is being transformed into a complete corridor in stages. We'll use this staging to see the before, during, and after of a street redesign.

72 Hours to Safety: Rainier Avenue Rechannelization

Walkshops
The best way to transform a four-lane road into a two-lane neighborhood street: implement it over one weekend.

Remove the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Transform Seattle's Waterfront

Walkshops
Removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct opened miles of opportunity for Seattle's waterfront—and years of new projects to rebuild this area with new public spaces.

Walking Tour of Seattle's Bike Infrastructure

Walkshops
The perfect tour for those who want to see some of Seattle’s newest bike facilities, but prefer to travel on foot.

Hollow Sidewalks with Modern Streetcars

Walkshops
Witness the fusion of hollow sidewalks, hints of historic trolleys, and a modern streetcar, all in Pioneer Square—Seattle’s original neighborhood.

Downtown Seattle: Blending Streets, Parks, and Public Space

Walkshops
See parks that act as streets, and streets that act as parks on this walk through Downtown Seattle.

Tuesday, Sep 27 - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (8 Events)

Paving the Way for Safe Streets: The Role of Political Leadership

Sessions
In this panel, hear from City Council members who are paving the way for better transportation in their cities.

Hack your State DOT: Practical Design for Transportation Systems

Sessions
Learn how your state DOT can update guidance, procedures, and policies as well as change culture among its staff to build a safe, healthy, reliable, and more equitable transportation network that works for all modes of travel.

Transportation: Creating a Place

Sessions
Through placemaking, cities are transforming the transit stop from a sign and a pole to an urban place and a hub for mobility.

Who's In The Room: Working with Community Partners to Deliver Better Projects

Sessions
When it comes to public engagement, city staff are often stretched thin, don't always have the right tools and connections, and don't always know the right questions to ask. So they turn to partners.

Keeping Everyone Moving: Managing Travel Demand in Puget Sound

Sessions
Traditional travel demand modeling tools aren't keeping up. Cities are adapting with new tools and methods that more accurately predict how travel demand and patterns are changing.

Ballot Initiatives and Bond Measures: Funding a Transportation Vision

Sessions
Some cities have been more successful than others in introducing ballot initiatives and communicating the bold visions behind major funding requests. What's worked?

From a Trickle to a Stream: Achieving Major Bike Mode Shift

Sessions
Data shows us that cities that make serious commitments to bike infrastructure see greater increases in the number of people riding.

Shared Goals: Moving People by Combining the Strengths of DOTs and Transit Agencies

Sessions
How are city transportation departments and transit agencies cutting through bureaucracy and delivering the results that matter to the user experience of city transportation?

Wednesday, Sep 28

Wednesday, Sep 28 - 8:00 am - 8:30 am (1 Event)

Wednesday, Sep 28 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (1 Event)

Wednesday, Sep 28 - 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm (31 Events)

Designing the User Experience: Guerilla Wayfinding for Mobility

Walkshops
How can wayfinding and urban design cues help to solve navigational challenges?

WalkShops

Walkshops
From bikes lanes to streetcars, City of Seattle staff and local partners will host 50+ on-the-ground tours of projects.

Bellevue: The Eastside Hub of Puget Sound

Walkshops
After a scenic bus trip over a floating bridge, we’ll see intersections that are now considered exceptional examples of pedestrian design, and walk along a pedestrian corridor once known as a “cattle chute” and now considered a civic treasure.

Festival Streets: Community Centers

Walkshops
Visit Georgetown Festival Street: one of Seattle’s newest festival streets (in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods).

Seattle Center: A Northwest Icon

Walkshops
After arriving by monorail, traverse the 74-acre Seattle Center grounds to view active pedestrian rights-of-way, living garage rooftops (including a community garden), and vistas of surrounding transportation projects.

Sensors, Cameras, and Data: Improving Safety and Mobility

Walkshops
See how efficiency, safety and mobility are being enhanced by intelligent, sensor-based infrastructure, including adaptive signal controls, real-time transit information, and video detection that differentiates bicycles from vehicles.

Helping Buildings Interact with the Street

Walkshops
How does Seattle's design review process help integrate new development in a contextually-appropriate way?

Off-Street Parking: Building Community Support

Walkshops
Learn how Seattle uses off-street parking as a tool for neighborhood support during and after major construction projects.

Beneath the Streets: Hollow Sidewalks and Historic Passageways

Walkshops
See a neighborhood with unusual challenges, including hollow streets and sidewalks, along with historic gems.

Integrating the Streetcar into an International Neighborhood

Walkshops
How did Seattle integrate a modern streetcar into a historic, multicultural, multi-generational community?

It's a Street. It's a Park. It's Bell Street!

Walkshops
Seattle's famous Bell Street is a park that's also a street. Or maybe a street that's also a park?

Building a Platinum Walk-Friendly Community

Walkshops
A comprehensive approach to planning and design can create safe and vibrant places for people to walk and socialize.

Improving Transportation Through Technology

Walkshops
Technology is transforming every facet of our lives, including the operations of our streets. See this change in action.

1% Investment + 40 Years = A Lot of Public Art

Walkshops
For 40 years Seattle has invested 1% of the cost of its capital projects for art, with a profound impact on public space and culture.

Painted Intersections and Public Space

Walkshops
Seattle is rethinking how its streets can foster vibrancy and community-building.

Temporary or Permanent? The Advantages of Both Approaches

Walkshops
A themed tour, exploring Seattle's appreciation of art, café culture, ties to Scandinavia, and urban gardens, while exploring different material approaches.

Pronto's Bike Share Shop

Walkshops
Go behind the scenes at the Pronto! bike share shop.

Multi-Context Cycling: From Neighborhood Streets to Light Rail

Walkshops
Bike infrastructure coexists with light rail tracks and older (retrofitted) bridge design in these two neighborhoods.

High-Tech Cycling in South Lake Union

Walkshops
Houseboats, sea planes, and biotech firms coexist on this four-mile ride through Seattle’s high-tech South Lake Union neighborhood, home to Amazon.

Take the Bike to the Train: Integrating Multimodal Trips

Walkshops
See how Seattle is integrating multiple modes seamlessly on this rail-and-bike tour.

Designing for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Bees

Walkshops
Highlights include pavement-to-parks projects, protected bike lanes, and a mile-long pollinator pathway.

Rapid Implementation vs. Capital Construction: What's Appropriate Where?

Walkshops
See two of America’s 10 Best New Bike Lanes (as reported by People for Bikes): both constructed in a very different fashion.

Channel The Rain: Green Streets

Walkshops
Seattle is well-known for its lush landscape, and it welcomes the rain, using it to transform public spaces into green oases.

Creating Transit-Priority Streets, and Riders, in South Lake Union

Walkshops
A series of low-cost changes to Westlake Avenue made it possible to double the number of people using transit, without widening the road.

Micro-Spaces: Seattle's Parklets and Streateries

Walkshops
Experience some of Seattle’s newest public spaces: its parklets and streateries!

Before, During and After: A Street Transformation In Progress

Walkshops
23rd Avenue is being transformed into a complete corridor in stages. We'll use this staging to see the before, during, and after of a street redesign.

72 Hours to Safety: Rainier Avenue Rechannelization

Walkshops
The best way to transform a four-lane road into a two-lane neighborhood street: implement it over one weekend.

Remove the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Transform Seattle's Waterfront

Walkshops
Removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct opened miles of opportunity for Seattle's waterfront—and years of new projects to rebuild this area with new public spaces.

Walking Tour of Seattle's Bike Infrastructure

Walkshops
The perfect tour for those who want to see some of Seattle’s newest bike facilities, but prefer to travel on foot.

Hollow Sidewalks with Modern Streetcars

Walkshops
Witness the fusion of hollow sidewalks, hints of historic trolleys, and a modern streetcar, all in Pioneer Square—Seattle’s original neighborhood.

Downtown Seattle: Blending Streets, Parks, and Public Space

Walkshops
See parks that act as streets, and streets that act as parks on this walk through Downtown Seattle.

Wednesday, Sep 28 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (8 Events)

Globe-Hop: Inspiring Lessons from Around the World

Sessions
The City of Seattle's and King County’s Mobility Services Planning project presents the opportunity to create the nation's most forward- thinking and forward-doing comprehensive shared mobility plan.

Shared Mobility Planning: Lessons from Seattle

Sessions
The City of Seattle's and King County’s Mobility Services Planning project presents the opportunity to create the nation's most forward- thinking and forward-doing comprehensive shared mobility plan.

Iteratively Building: Quick-Build Projects as a Pathstone to Permanent Design

Sessions
Quick-build projects allow cities to experiment, and get projects implemented fast, with immediate results for mobility and safety.

Wait, No One Told Me About This: From Outreach to Engagement

Sessions
In this session, hear how cities have gone from outreach to engagement, working with partners and communities in a more integrated manner, and eventually building projects with a high level of political support.

Curb Space: An Asset Hidden in Plain Sight

Sessions
Curb space is moving beyond parking. With increased demand for ride-hailing services, and burgeoning delivery and freight, cities are finding that the most valuable real estate in a city is often at the curb.

Measuring what Matters: New Metrics for a Multimodal Future

Sessions
Using person throughput as a primary measure, instead of vehicle throughput, helps cities see their streets' full potential for mobility.

Green Streets, Complete Streets

Sessions
Green stormwater infrastructure can be integrated into street designs that achieve other city goals, such as traffic calming, increasing public space, improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and enhancing transit.

High-Demand Corridors: Integrating Bikes and Transit on the Same Street

Sessions
Great corridors, with a high demand for transit, often likewise have a high demand for cycling infrastructure. With careful planning, the two can not just coexist, but help bolster each other seamlessly.

Thursday, Sep 29