New Webinar: Safe Speeds, Safe Communities- Partners in Speed Management (June 12, 2019)


Webinar Title: Safe Speeds, Safe Communities: Partners in Speed Management

Webinar Date/Time: June 12, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Speed management is an important component in creating a safe community. Learn how organizations and individuals can work together to decrease speed and increase safety in their communities. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Describe common countermeasures and interventions used to manage speed.
  • Explain the importance of accessibility and speed management countermeasures.
  • Discuss local community efforts and ways walking advocates should be engaging on topics related to this work.
About the Panelists

Sarah Abel is a Technical Programs Manager with the Institute of Transportation Engineers working in transportation planning, complete streets, safety, Vision Zero, and health. Prior to joining ITE, Sarah was the Planning Director for the Town of St. Michaels, Maryland and the Community Design Manager/Director at the ESLC Center for Towns on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She is a former President of the Association for Community Design and a certified professional in Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED).

Sam Balto is a Physical Education teacher and Safe Routes to School Champion at Cesar Chavez K-8 school in North Portland, Oregon.  Growing up, Sam remembers walking to school with friends and taking the metro in Washington, DC.  These experiences helped Sam build a sense of independence and to view streets as a place of learning.  As a PE teacher Sam values how Safe Routes to School promotes physical activity for his students.

Before moving to Portland, Sam spent three years as a PE teacher and  SRTS Champion at the David A. Ellis School in Roxbury, MA.  While at the Ellis, Sam and the parents at his school worked hard to advocate for street safety improvements for their students.  From confronting the Mayor of Boston to using Tom Brady’s face on crossing signs to get cars to slow down, all means were considered when it came to making the streets safer.

Using his camera and social media as a tool, Sam has enjoyed advocating for pedestrian and cycling safety on both coasts.

Chris Bell is a retired, blind attorney who has spent 40 years advocating for the rights of blind and other persons with disabilities. One of the attorneys who wrote the ADA, Mr. Bell has been active as an advocate on the Environment Access and Transportation Committees of the American Council of the Blind with a focus on seeking expanded use of accessible pedestrian signals to improve mobility and safety for persons with visual impairments.

Becky Davidson is currently Manager of Consumer Outreach and Graduate Support at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a position she has held since June, 1999. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Prior to joining Guiding Eyes, Becky worked for 24 years as an Employment and Training Counselor in Western New York State.

Becky currently chairs the Environment Access Committee of the American Council of the Blind. She is the past Chair of the New York State Rehabilitation Council, and Past President of Guide Dog Users, Inc., a national consumer organization. She is also past president of the Mount Kisco Lions Club.

Lawson, a male yellow Labrador retriever, is her 3rd guide dog. They travel all over the US and Canada. They meet and hear stories from guide dog users, rehabilitation professionals and many others about the impact of changing pedestrian environments and evolving modes of travel such as EScooters, EBikes and self-driving cars.

Becky currently lives in Charlotte, NC, a rapidly growing city that is facing some of these issues head on.