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Are “Standards” Slowing Your Safety Efforts?
August 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Are your Vision Zero efforts being stymied or slowed by engineering “standards”? Or are they “guidelines”? And what the heck is the difference and does it matter? Yes, it does, because far too often, seemingly simple requests for proven safety improvements — from narrowing travel lanes to adding separated bikeways to lowering city speed limits — hit a wall of resistance shrouded in technical-sounding (read: off-putting for the regular person) jargon. Join us to hear some tips on how to decipher the AASHTO and FHWA design guides and potentially even bust some myths blocking your Vision Zero safety efforts. You’ll quickly find out that Vision Zero concepts are nothing new. They’ve been supported in these design guidelines all along.
Learn from Don Kostelec, a principal with Vitruvian Planning in Boise, who works in the fields of traffic safety, health and transportation integration, Vision Zero and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Don Kostelec, AICP, is a 17-year professional in transportation planning, health analysis and comprehensive planning. He is applying and researching Health Impact Assessments and integrated health/planning efforts through various projects throughout the United States. Don’s work extends from Alaska to Florida and California to New York.
His specialty areas include: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Transportation Policy & Finance, Health Impact Assessment, Active Transportation Design, Complete Streets, and Governance. Don is a past member of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Board of Directors and a past member of the Board of Directors of Bike Walk NC. He has also served on the TRB Committee on Transportation Demand Management and the Eat Smart/Move More Leadership Team in North Carolina.
Don is known as a provocative speaker who helps communities better engage the design profession for more equitable and safer street design that prioritizes the safety of people over the movement of cars. He is a frequent contributor to national podcasts and stories on safe street design and walkability. Don has a Master of Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Journalism from Western Carolina University.