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Moderator Matthew Packard CSP
Sam Cole CDOT (Behavioral)
Sam Cole is the Communications Manager for Traffic Safety at the Colorado Department of Transportation. He has over 20 years of experience working in the public sector at the national, state and local levels as a trainer, strategist and program director. At CDOT he oversees marketing, public relations and communications on 12 safety-related campaigns, including motorcycle safety, impaired driving, distracted driving, and seat belts.  Previously Mr. Cole served as Director of Community Relations at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. In this position he created a full range of communication tools for the university. Mr. Cole has also served as a staff-person at the Center for Auto Safety in Washington DC where he worked extensively with the media and stakeholders to promote traffic safety. In other work Mr. Cole has served as a program officer at the Gill Foundation in Denver and managed outreach campaigns in Boulder County. Mr. Cole earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and his BA in Sociology from the University of Vermont. Mr. Cole is also a dedicated member of the community, serving on numerous boards and was a commissioner with the City and County of Denver from 2010-2014.  

Over 90% of traffic crashes are caused by human behavior. That's why campaigns that address such issues as impaired driving, distracted driving, seat belt use and motorcycle safety are so important. Each year Sam Cole rolls out a host of awareness campaigns using paid media, earned media and partnerships to engage the public in a broad conversation about traffic safety. In this workshop Sam will present some of CDOT's most recent safety campaigns and how to effect lasting change in Colorado's traffic safety culture.

Jay Otto Montana State University (Safety Culture)
Jay Otto is a Research Scientist for the Center for Health and Safety Culture
in the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. Jay
received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He leads the research efforts for the
Center as well as participates in research projects.

Jay Otto, Research Scientist with the Center for Health and Safety Culture, will briefly review a
recent study exploring distracted driving behaviors and beliefs among commercial drivers. The
Center’s research explores how shared beliefs influence traffic safety behaviors. This study
explored seven different distracting behaviors and their associated beliefs such as attitudes,
perceived norms, and perceived control. The study found significant opportunities for
workplaces to address distracted driving behaviors.

Al Graham,  Regional Program Manager, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

ON the road

Moderator Josh Laipply
Rolf Eisinger Denver Vison Zero
Rolf Eisinger recently moved to Denver where he managers the City and County of Denver’s Vision Zero program. Rolf was car free while he earned his BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Then, he moved to Louisville, KY and earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Louisville. After graduate school Rolf worked for Louisville Metro Government where he developed several bicycle and pedestrian programs which helped Louisville become a bronze level Walk Friendly Community, and Louisville reach a silver level Bicycle Friendly Community. Rolf Launched Louisville’s LouVelo bike sharing program, managed Louisville’s NHTSA pedestrian education and enforcement grant, and managed the installation of over 80 miles of on street bike facilities. Along with an inspiring, passionate and action-oriented attitude, Rolf has been able to capitalize of several trainings including: Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Louisville Metro’s Executive Leadership program. Now Rolf is back in Colorado where he enjoys Nordic Skiing, cycling, kayaking and going on nature adventures with his wife and their two children.


Patrick Chavez- TIMS track
Scott Zainhofsky North Dakota Dot (Pop-up demonstration projects)
Scott Zainhofsky  is the Planning/Asset Management Division Engineer for
the North Dakota DOT.  He has been responsible for NDDOT long-range and multi-modal planning since 2007 and has held several positions both in the central office and a district office of the Department.  Currently, Scott has the pleasure of leading a great team whose responsibilities include: long-range and modal planning, cross-asset investment analysis, pavement management, infrastructure-data management, rail safety programs, mapping, system
performance reporting and management, and traffic data.  He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of North Dakota since June 2002 and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota.

When the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) began developing its first 20-year Active and Public Transportation Plan, branded as ND Moves, staff felt it was critical to reach out to the many advocates and users of the state’s transportation systems. However, getting and maintaining public interest in our modal plans has always been a challenge. There were a number of public engagement methods involved in that effort, but the Pop-up Demonstrations were successful beyond our wildest expectations. We received well over 2000 comments…on a long-range strategic modal plan.

Pop-up projects are another name for small scale, low cost, short term installations that model potentially unfamiliar design concepts at the actual location being considered for a permanent project.  This helps the public better understand the concepts and allows agencies to gauge the community’s reaction prior to full construction. NDDOT chose to call them ‘Pop-up Demonstrations’ in an effort to differentiate them from permanent projects.

Design concepts like traffic calming, street furniture, curb extensions, buffered bike lanes, back-in parking, parklets, and other pedestrian amenities are concepts local governments and their citizens need to understand and use effectively to integrate travel modes safely and effectively.  However, these concepts may be unfamiliar to the general public and difficult to understand as “lines on paper.”  Therefore, seeing these concepts, at full scale, in the context of the locations for which they are being considered, allows the public to better comment on the treatment concepts and options being considered.

Like using any new and powerful tool, our experience with pop-up demonstrations yielded both benefits and opportunities to improve the next time.  This presentation will elaborate on what we did and give potential Colorado practitioners the benefit of NDDOT’s experience, in the hope they can avoid our mistakes while still gaining another tool for public engagement.

ALONG side the road

Moderator Jessica Juriga-Fields, Senior Planner, Toole Design
Jessica Fields, P.E., AICP is Toole Design's Denver Office Director. With over 20 years of experience in transportation, she has focused her career on accessible and multimodal solutions. Jessica has helped improve communities across the U.S. and along the Front Range through Complete Streets design, multimodal corridor planning, transit access planning, bicycle and pedestrian master planning, traffic calming work, and Vision Zero planning. She has led numerous regionally significant planning and design efforts and is a trusted advisor to clients and partners.

Jessica Fields P.E., AICP | Denver Office Director

John Tinnell, University of Colorado Denver  
BIO: John Tinnell is Director of Digital Studies & Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver. For the past decade, he has written and lectured about digital culture, emerging technologies, and the history of computing. His first book, Actionable Media (Oxford, 2018) examined the merger of digital and physical spaces taking place with the rise of smartphones, augmented reality, and the Internet of things. He has written popular articles about technology for the Boston Review and the Los Angeles Times, which recently published his op-ed about e-scooters.  

SUMMARY: In this presentation, I argue that the laissez-faire scooter rollout is paving the way for big tech to monetize sidewalks and marginalize non-motorists who, by choice or necessity, traverse the city on their own power. Just as Airbnb's rental market displaces lower-income residents in pursuit of steep nightly rates, scooters at rest and in motion create barriers for parents with strollers, frail elderly pedestrians, and especially the disabled. Soon, other gadgets will likely vie to traverse our public spaces, too. In Amazon's office parks and Google's test towns, drone services are being readied to pickup and drop-off items to a slab of concrete near you. Eight states have recently passed laws that will allow delivery robots to roam the sidewalks. Meanwhile, startups that no one yet knows about are learning from scooters and dreaming up the next big thing they can plop all over the place.

Kenneth Brubaker, CDOT Bike/Ped Engineer

Ken is an engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation. He works in the Bicycle/Pedestrian & Scenic Byways section of CDOT's Multi-modal Planning Branch. He is currently involved in the development and operation of CDOT's non-motorized traffic monitoring program, and provides technical design assistance to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians on transportation projects. Ken lead the previous revision to CDOT's bicycle and pedestrian chapter in the CDOT's roadway design guide, and is the Chair of AASHTO's Technical Committee on Non-Motorized Transportation, the group responsible for the production of AASHTO's bicycle and pedestrian design guides. Prior to working for CDOT Ken has gained experience as a roadway designer for a local transportation engineering consultant. Ken graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer.  
Ken will discuss,Separated bike lanes
,Separating bicycles and pedestrians,Crossings
,Changes to the AASHTO Greenbook - Accomodating bicyclists and pedestrian during design
and Electric bicycles

Brooke Struve-Design Program Manager FHWA
Brooke Struve is a Safety and Design Engineer for the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center.  She is based in Colorado, but provides technical assistance and training nationwide on design flexibility, performance-based design decision-making, and designing for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.  Prior to joining the Resource Center, she was on the Preconstruction Team in FHWA’s Office of Infrastructure.  There she worked to advance best practices in the design discipline across the agency and provide technical support for Interstate access, geometric design, and accessible design for disabled pedestrians.  Brooke has worked as a Project Manager for FHWA’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division and as a Team Leader for the Utah Department of Transportation, leading the development and design of projects ranging from low-volume recreational roads to urban arterials and freeways.  Brooke has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Utah.