Accelerating Active Transportation Change in Northern Virginia

Accelerating Active Transportation

Change in Northern Virginia

Thursday, March 25, 2021

9am-5pm, virtual via Zoom

All sessions to be recorded.

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Event Summary

The goal of the Accelerating Active Transportation in Northern Virginia is to share information on a wide variety of active transportation topics by addressing how we can:

  • Make active transportation more accessible to all in Northern Virginia
  • Shine a light on opportunities for change
  • Highlight and promote the intersection of health and active transportation
  • Expand outreach and engagement among underserved communities
  • Utilize data in new and innovative ways
  • Continue to engineer safety into all types of facilities for every mode of transportation.

In short, we hope to provide a forum to further develop what might be possible in the area of active transportation through collaboration and innovative thinking.

Confirmed Speakers and Presenters

  • Danielle Arigoni, Director, AARP Livable Communities
  • Christine Berthet, NYC Crash Mapper
  • Torsha Bhattacharya, Director of Research, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Lama Bou Mjahed, Research Director, Mobility Lab
  • Ralph Buehler, Program Chair and Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Gillian Burgess, Founder, Kidical Mass Arlington & President, Arlington Families for Safe Streets
  • Josh Cantor, Director of Parking and Transportation, George Mason University
  • Mark Cole, Assistant State Traffic Engineer, VDOT
  • Jay Corbalis, Vice President, Public Affairs, JBG Smith
  • Andy Clarke, Director of Strategy, Toole Design
  • Alison Dewey, Education Director, League of American Bicyclists
  • Kristin Donley, M.Ed., NBCT, Health, Physical Education, and Family Life Education K-12 Instructional Specialist, Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Mike Doyle, Founding Member, Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets (NoVAFSS)
  • Rachel O'Dwyer Flynn, Deputy County Executive, Fairfax County
  • Lauren Hassel, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools
  • Kori Johnson, Program Support Manager, The Safe Routes Partnership
  • Tom Kaiden, Chief Operating Officer, Visit Alexandria
  • Jeffrey C. McKay, Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Renée Moore, Transit Specialist, City of Alexandria
  • Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Providence District
  • Anna Ricklin, Health in all Policy Manager, Fairfax County
  • Jennifer D. Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park (UMD)
  • Debbie Spiliotopoulos, Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
  • Scott A. Surovell, Senator, Senate of Virginia, District 36
  • Michael R. Turner, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Ashburn District
  • Bill Threlkeld, Division Director, Community Building & Self-Sufficiency Programs, Cornerstones
  • Adam Tuss, NBC4 Washington Transportation Reporter
  • Justin Wilson, Mayor, City of Alexandria
  • Christopher Zimmerman, Vice President for Economic Development, Smart Growth America

Session Titles

  • Meet and Greet
  • Welcome
  • Accelerating Active Transportation: Panel
  • Break Out Sessions:
    • Safe and Accessible By Design, moderated by Sonya Breehey, Coalition for Smarter Growth
    • Business Case for Active Transportation, moderated by Chloe Ritter, City of Fairfax
    • Teaching Transportation: Integrating Travel-related Lessons Throughout PreK-12 Education, moderated by Gillian Burgess, Founder, Kidical Mass Arlington & President, Arlington Families for Safe Streets
    • Data Analytics: Accessing Meaningful Data and Leveraging It, moderated by Mike Doyle, Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets
    • Health and Active Transportation, moderated by Henry Dunbar, Bike/Walk Arlington
    • How to Promote Equitable Outreach in Your Community, moderated by Delia Johnson, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University
  • Keynote Presentations
    • Morning Keynote: Charles Brown (invited), MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and Adjunct Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
    • Afternoon Keynote: Scott A. Surovell


The agenda is available and will continue to be updated.


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