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WSDOT Active Transportation Plan – Community events and E-News

The event everyone is invited to: Sharing your thoughts right now!

Two places on this site for your input

  1. We want your opinion: Links to a form with questions about your transportation usage, challenges and priorities; respond by Dec. 15, 2019
  2. Map analysis for your feedback: A preview draft of our new way of assessing state routes for walking, bicycling and rolling; respond by Dec. 15, 2019

E-News

Subscribe to the ATP E-News to receive email updates about plan activities, including events and webinars: http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATPlan-Enews

Upcoming Events

This page will be updated with new events as they’re scheduled. More information below the calendar items on ways we hope to connect with you.

We wish we could get everywhere. Realistically that isn’t possible, which is why it’s so important for you to share the link to this online open house so your friends, family, and neighbors can weigh in. Tell people “Search for WSDOT online open houses” or share this http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATP-Online-Open-House.

Register for an Online Info Chat! Nov. 26 or Dec. 11

Virtual event with WSDOT staff sharing information on the safety, mobility and accessibility issues the plan is intended to address. Register at http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATP-Virtual2019. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments using the chat function in the presentation software. These will be recorded and available as archived links after the presentations. Tuesday Nov. 26, noon-1 p.m., and Wednesday Dec. 11, 7-8 p.m.

Week of Nov. 18

Nov. 19, SeaTac

9-10:30 a.m., South County Area Transportation Board. Barb Chamberlain, Active Transportation Division Director, will present on the Active Transportation Plan to this forum of elected officials.

Focus is on the SCAT Board’s agenda items. Members of the general public can attend and may share a comment near the end of the meeting; discussion is among forum members.

Nov. 20, Vancouver

9:30-11 a.m., Clark County Active Transportation & Health Network. Space limited; RSVP to Kari Schlosshauer with Safe Routes to School National Partnership Pacific Northwest, kari@saferoutespartnership.org. Purpose of the meeting is to discuss current actions in the county related to health and active transportation, hear about what different agencies and groups are doing, and coordinate and communicate to support better active transportation and health for people in Clark County. Brian Wood of the Active Transportation Division will present via webinar on the Active Transportation Plan.

Nov. 21, Tacoma

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tacoma Convention Center: WSDOT Active Transportation Division staff will have a table at the WSDOT Innovations & Partnerships Conference. Registration and fee required to attend this great all-day conference that brings together local agencies, nonprofits, private sector, tribal leaders, WSDOT staff, and people who just love to spend the day learning about what’s new in transportation. Lots of content and great speakers!

Week of Nov. 25

Realistically, this is Thanksgiving week so we figure many of you are likely to be thinking about pie.

Nov. 26, Online Info Chat

Noon-1 p.m. online. Virtual event. Register at http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATP-Virtual2019. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments in the Questions pane in the presentation software (GoToWebinar). These will be recorded and available as archived links after the presentations.

Nov. 30, Mountlake Terrace

Noon-2 p.m., Mountlake Terrace Library. Barb Chamberlain, Active Transportation Division Director, is joining the RoboGirls Popup Party & Safety Fair. Girl Scouts Lego League tackled the question, “What crosswalk in Mountlake Terrace has low visibility?” Come learn about their safety analysis and cheer on girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Week of Dec. 1

Dec. 1-2, Seattle

ITS Washington two-day conference: The Active Transportation Plan is one of the many topics you’ll be able to workshop with new ideas and information in the Designing for Inclusion and Success session on Day 1. You’ll learn from the expertise of transportation professionals from across the state and they’ll learn from you. Registration and fee required to attend; tons of great content to absorb.

Dec. 3, Bellingham

6:30-8 p.m., ReSources Library, 2309 Meridian St., 2nd floor: Walk Bike Bus Bellingham. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. Remote presentation via phone by Barb Chamberlain, Active Transportation Division Director at 7 p.m.

Dec. 4, Ellensburg

4-6 p.m., Central Washington University (room number TBD): Public open house with an update on City of Ellensburg’s bicycle master plan update and the State Active Transportation Plan. Barb Chamberlain, Active Transportation Division Director, will present information in person. You’re welcome to drop in any time, talk with other community members, identify barriers and priorities for improving walk/bike/roll connections. Kids welcome! We’ll invite them to draw pictures of their experiences and ideas about walking and bicycling. Hosted by City of Ellensburg and Central Washington University.

Dec. 5, Richland

5:30-7:30 p.m., Ben Franklin Transit, 1000 Columbia Park Trail: Public open house focused on the state Active Transportation Plan; good chance to get ready for the 2020 Benton-Franklin COG active transportation planning process too. Barb Chamberlain, Active Transportation Division Director, will present information at 6 p.m. Drop in any time, talk with community members, identify barriers and priorities for improving walk/bike/roll connections. Kids welcome! We’ll invite them to draw pictures of their experiences and ideas about walking and bicycling. Hosted by Benton-Franklin Council of Governments.

Dec. 5, Pullman

7pm: League of Women Voters: Eastern Region Active Transportation Coordinator Jerry Compton will present on the Active Transportation Plan at the LWV Holiday Social (and cookie exchange!).

Week of Dec. 9

Dec. 11, Online Info Chat

7-8 p.m. online. Virtual event. Register at http://bit.ly/WSDOT-ATP-Virtual2019. Participants will be able to submit questions and comments using the chat function in the presentation software. These will be recorded and available as archived links after the presentations.

How Events Get Added to This List

Invite us in: If you have a group or meeting coming up and would like to have a discussion about the State Active Transportation Plan, email WSDOTactive@wsdot.wa.gov. Give us details about your event: location, date/time, format, how many you expect, and how much time we will have to share information and have a discussion. We’ll check calendars to figure out who can go. We can also present via online connection/conference call.

We’re not always the main event. We want to support local events and use those opportunities to get the word out without detracting from the primary focus. We list some events below that WSDOT staff are attending where they will have a stack of flyers and be available for questions without being part of the program. We identify these by noting the main focus of the event so you know what to expect.

We may participate via technology. We list some events at which we’ll be participating remotely via conference call or webinar. We’re not there in person but it’s still an opportunity to connect with others who are getting information about the plan and to ask questions.

This list does not include all the communities and organizations we will visit. We’re not listing events until we have details confirmed. In some communities we’re meeting with people at an event that isn’t intended for the general public–for example, if we hold a focus group or attend something put on by an organization for its own members. Those events constitute an important element in our outreach along with the public activities listed here.

Where We’ve Been

Phase II Outreach

Information about the online open house sent to over 2,100 organizations across the state with a request for them to share it with their lists.

Participation or presentation at community events including (not a comprehensive list):

  • Issaquah: Oct. 16 Washington State Trails Coalition Caucus
  • Brewster: Oct. 23 open house WSDOT with State Parks, Brewster Boys and Girls Club
  • Seattle: Oct. 23 PSRC Regional Staff Committee
  • Dayton: Oct. 26 community open house on design concepts for Touchet Valley Trail
  • Yakima: Oct. 27 Filipino Heritage Festival
  • Wenatchee: Oct. 30 WSDOT North Central Region SR 28/US 2/97 open house
  • Anacortes: Oct. 31 Accessible Community Advisory Committee
  • Walla Walla: Oct. 31 Blue Mountain Trails celebration
  • Shoreline: Nov. 1 SeaShore Transportation Forum
  • Redmond: Nov. 8 Eastside Transportation Alliance

Phase I Outreach

In the first round of community outreach we emailed over 1,800 organizations statewide and asked them to share our informational web page and e-news signup with their lists. We invited people to take a survey and received over 5,000 responses. Over 1,700 people signed up for our e-news.

We met with people in these and other communities:

  • Spokane
  • Spokane Valley
  • Colville
  • Tri-Cities
  • Burlington
  • Mount Vernon
  • Bellingham
  • Bremerton
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Sequim
  • Port Orchard
  • Vashon Island
  • Seattle
  • Vancouver

We made presentations and/or shared information about the plan with a wide array of groups and asked them to spread the word. Some of these:

  • Tribal Transportation Planning Organization
  • Access 4 All, Spokane
  • MPOs and RTPOs: Spokane Regional Transportation Council Active Transportation Work Group, Regional Transportation Council, Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council, Whatcom Council of Governments, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments, Walla Walla Valley MPO, Puget Sound Regional Council Special Needs Transportation Committee, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council, Regional Staff Committee, and more
  • North Sound Transportation Alliance
  • Bellingham Climate Action Task Force, WWU students, Walk Bike Bus Bellingham
  • Washington Transportation Professionals Forum
  • Cooper Jones Bicyclist Safety Advisory Council and Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council (these have now merged into the Active Transportation Safety Advisory Council)
  • Spokane Bike Swap
  • Washington State Ferries open houses
  • Bike Month celebrations in Spokane, Snohomish County, Sequim, and other locations
  • Washington State County Engineers
  • Tri County Economic Development District
  • Feet First
  • Washington State Trails Coalition
  • APA Washington
  • Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council