ITE Journal April 2018 - 4

| president's message
ITE Members, Let's Embrace Our Role as Placemakers

MICHAEL P. SANDERSON,
P.E., PTOE, LEED AP (F)
ITE International President

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTION

International President
Michael P. Sanderson, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP (F)
President/CEO, Sanderson/Stewart
Billings, MT, USA

International Vice President
Bruce Belmore, P.Eng., PTOE, AVS (F)

Director, Western Canada Transportation Planning, WSP
Regina, SK, Canada

Immediate Past International President
Shawn J. Leight, P.E., PTOE, PTP (F)

Vice President, CBB Transportation Engineers + Planners
St. Louis, MO, USA

Directors
Michael J. Salatti, P.E., PTOE (F)

(Northeastern District) Senior Vice President,
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Babylon, NY, USA

Abraham (Abi) Lerner, P.E. (M)

(Mid-Colonial District), Associate Manager for Special
Project Development, VDOT, Fairfax, VA, USA

Scott Knebel, P.E. (M)

(Great Lakes District) Group Manager,
Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly, Columbus, OH, USA

John A. Davis, P.E., PTOE, TSOS (F)

(Midwestern District), Manager of Traffic Engineering
Services, Ayres Associates Inc., Waukesha, WI, USA

Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP (F)
(Southern District) Managing Director,
VHB, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Karen E. Aspelin, P.E., PTOE (F)

(Western District) Principal, MaxGreen
Transportation Engineers, LLC
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Walter Okitsu, P.E., PTP, PTOE (F)

(Western District), Principal,
KOA Corporation, Monterey Park, CA, USA

Carlos Ortiz, P.E.,TE, PTOE (M)

(Western District) COO, Advantec
Consulting Engineers, Irvine, CA, USA

Eugene (Gene) G. Chartier, P.Eng. (F)

(Canadian District), Vice President of Paradigm
Transportation Solutions Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada

In the typical modern city, our streets and roadways when added together make up the largest portion
of public open space. These corridors are the threads that stitch the fabric of our communities together.
They provide the transportation connections that allow us to move about from home to work to
shopping and recreation. They deliver people and goods from origins to destinations. But, beyond their
obvious transportation function, these are also the spaces where we most often interact with our fellow
citizens, friends, and neighbors. Unfortunately, for too long, we've designed these spaces for cars first
and people second. Because of the nature of these designs, we mostly interact with our fellow humans
from inside our cars with a glance or nod as we whiz by or sit in traffic.
Given the vast amount of public space devoted to transportation, it is easy to see how the way we
plan and design our transportation corridors has an outsized impact on the way our communities
look. But beyond just visual aesthetics, our approach to transportation design has a very real impact
on the way we live. Our level of physical activity, as well as the amount of social engagement we have
with our fellow citizens, are largely a result of our built environment. Since transportation planners
and engineers, and ITE members specifically, are responsible for the planning, design, and operation of
our transportation corridors, we are in the best position to effect positive change for millions of people
by thinking differently about how we allocate and use the public space with which we are entrusted.
If we are thoughtful and creative in our approach, we can create spaces that encourage positive social
interactions, promote healthy lifestyles, and improve quality of life.
The essence of placemaking is a people-centered approach to design in which we aspire to create
spaces that have a "sense of place," which is to say they have a sense of identity, character, and qualities
that are attractive to people. It is an aspirational approach to planning and design where we aspire to
go beyond the merely functional to create active, beautiful places that are the foundation for enduring
communities. This role of the placemaker is often left to the architects, landscape architects, and
community planners, but it is a way of thinking that transportation professionals should no longer
abdicate to others and begin to embrace and celebrate as our own.
From a placemaker's perspective, streets are public spaces with endless possibilities. Street corners
become well-lit, amenity-rich places to gather. Transit stops become opportunities to create plazas for
activity or respite. Parking lots become weekend street hockey courts and farmers markets. Corridors
become truly multimodal, active places where people have a real and equitable choice of transportation
options that fit their lifestyle and their means. And everywhere along our street frontages, we begin to
see opportunities for pocket parks, public art, landscaping, and people-focused amenities.
Should every street or roadway be devoted to pedestrians and parks? Surely not. We still need to
embrace a systems-approach, be sensitive to context, and acknowledge the role and appropriate place
for cars. But, as a traffic engineer, I now know that I have for too long been complicit in designing a
built environment that is not very people-friendly. A shift in the balance from cars to people, from
road building to placemaking, would be a healthy change for all of us, and ITE members should be
Leading the Way.

Donald (Don) J. McKenzie, P.E. (M)

(International District) Director/Auckland
Branch Manager, TDG, Auckland, New Zealand

Dale Picha, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Texas District) Traffic Operations Manager,
Texas Department of Transportation, San Antonio, TX, USA

Daniel J. Beaty, AICP (M)

(Florida District) Chief Transportation
Planner, HNTB, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Representative
Russell Brownlee, M.A. Sc., P. Eng. (F)

(Coordinating Council Representative) Managing Director
Transportation Safety Engineer, True North Safety Group
Toronto, ON, Canada

Institute of Transportation Engineers
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Michael P. Sanderson, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP (F)
ITE International President


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal April 2018

President’s Message
Director’s Message
People in the Profession
ITE News
Technical Programs Division Spotlight
Get Ready for Minneapolis!
Ethics Column: Responsible Engineer
Member to Member: Sammy Xiaoming Chen, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE, PTP
Where in the World?
Calendar
Industry News
New Products
Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Resident-Led Traffic Calming Program Advances Safety and Placemaking
Placemaking through a Traffic Signal Box Art Project: Effect of Artist Wrap to Cabinet Temperature
Shared Parking: Effective and Simple
Relationship between Geometric Elements and Wrong-Way Crashes at Partial Cloverleaf Interchange Terminals
Professional Services Directory
ITE Journal April 2018 - 1
ITE Journal April 2018 - 2
ITE Journal April 2018 - 3
ITE Journal April 2018 - President’s Message
ITE Journal April 2018 - 5
ITE Journal April 2018 - Director’s Message
ITE Journal April 2018 - 7
ITE Journal April 2018 - People in the Profession
ITE Journal April 2018 - 9
ITE Journal April 2018 - 10
ITE Journal April 2018 - 11
ITE Journal April 2018 - ITE News
ITE Journal April 2018 - 13
ITE Journal April 2018 - Technical Programs Division Spotlight
ITE Journal April 2018 - 15
ITE Journal April 2018 - Get Ready for Minneapolis!
ITE Journal April 2018 - 17
ITE Journal April 2018 - Ethics Column: Responsible Engineer
ITE Journal April 2018 - 19
ITE Journal April 2018 - 20
ITE Journal April 2018 - Member to Member: Sammy Xiaoming Chen, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE, PTP
ITE Journal April 2018 - 22
ITE Journal April 2018 - Calendar
ITE Journal April 2018 - New Products
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ITE Journal April 2018 - Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Resident-Led Traffic Calming Program Advances Safety and Placemaking
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ITE Journal April 2018 - Placemaking through a Traffic Signal Box Art Project: Effect of Artist Wrap to Cabinet Temperature
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ITE Journal April 2018 - Shared Parking: Effective and Simple
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ITE Journal April 2018 - Relationship between Geometric Elements and Wrong-Way Crashes at Partial Cloverleaf Interchange Terminals
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