New Webinar: Creating Safer Streets for All (February 13, 2019)


Webinar Title: Creating Safer Streets for All

Webinar Date/Time: February 13, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Even one life lost is too many. Pedestrian safety is a critical part of planning for healthy, active, and engaged communities. At America Walks, we believe that a safe systems approach and built environment interventions are important to achieving fewer pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Learn about resources and ideas to improve safety with this webinar.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn about techniques and interventions to improve safety, including an overview of the safe systems approach
  • Hear from communities taking steps to address safety concerns and be inspired to do the same
  • Receive resources and ideas to begin addressing the safety in their own communities
About the Panelists

Leesa Freasier, M.Ed., CTRS, currently serves as the Physical Activity Coordinator at University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Division of Family and Preventive Medicine, Community Health and Education (UAMS-DRPM-CHE). Previously, Ms. Freasier was the Healthy Community Domain Lead for the Arkansas Department of Health. Her experience in Arkansas spans 11 years and covers a variety of topics related to increasing physical activity opportunities and access to healthy foods for all Arkansans. In this work, she has served on the Built Environment workgroup for Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), Regional Planning Advisory Committee, Healthy Active Arkansas, Physical Activity and Built Environment, Governor’s Appointed Taskforce for the Statewide Master Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, as well as multiple other boards and commissions working tirelessly to identify barriers, resources, and action plans to improve built environment and encourage physical activity and availability of healthy food choices. She has worked with over 32 communities to for policy and environmental changes in the built environment, access to physical activity and healthy food choices. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Physiology from Louisiana Tech University and currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is mother to a beautiful daughter, Katlee, age 18 who is attending University of Arkansas to study Law.

Dan Gelinne is a Research Associate at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where he manages a range of projects and programs related to road safety, focusing on pedestrian and bicyclist safety and planning. He provides continuing education and training opportunities for a variety of professionals in the transportation field and leads research on topics related to improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.


Jonathan M. Rogers is a Policy Analyst at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). In DDOT’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Division, Jonathan leads multi-agency coordination for Vision Zero, and formulates policies and regulatory proposals with particular emphasis on a safe, multi-modal comprehensive approach. In the past, Jonathan was a budget analyst on then Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team, a budget analyst in Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of Budget and Finance, and an associate at the National League of Cities. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University and is an AmeriCorps alumnus.