The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.
Rural transportation agencies are increasingly addressing safety in their planning areas and at a minimum, have usually adopted the State’s zero deaths concept to frame their transportation safety activities. To achieve this vision, planners identify infrastructure solutions, but behavioral concerns, such as distraction, impairment, and unbelted drivers/occupants are also major issues in rural regions. This session will provide participants with information and resources on the role they can play to drive down fatalities and serious injuries through collaboration across the 4Es, behavioral funding sources, and education campaigns.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:
- Articulate the role regional transportation planners can play in behavioral safety
- Identify data-driven behavioral safety priorities
- Engage in behavioral safety activities and understand funding resources
This training was directed toward regional transportation planners and highway safety office staff, but law enforcement, engineers, and educators would also benefit from the presentation. Participants had some basic familiarity with transportation safety.
Nicole Waldheim, Associate, Cambridge Systematics
- Nicole leads the transportation safety planning practice at CS. She has worked on numerous planning and research efforts to assist regional and local transportation agencies develop data-driven safety plans as well as integrate safety into their transportation planning processes. She authored portions of the FHWA publication, Building Links to Improve Safety: How Safety and Transportation Planning Practitioners Work Together which discusses, in part, how transportation planners and highway safety office staff can coordinate on behavioral safety.
Cassie Parker, Regional Transportation Planner for the South Central Planning and Development Commission
- Cassie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Management from Nicholls State University. She serves as the Regional Safety Coordinator for the South Central Regional Safety Coalition, which is one of nine multidisciplinary coalitions throughout the state of Louisiana, funded by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development that are tasked with the implementation of the Louisiana Strategic Highway Safety Plan at the local level.
Mike Alexander, Senior Transportation Planner, Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council
- Mike is a senior transportation planner at the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) where he develops plans to improve safety and mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, truck drivers, and motorists. Prior to SMTC, Mike worked for several years as a planning consultant on environmental projects and comprehensive plans across the country. Alexander graduated from Cornell University with a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies (URS).