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SCHULTHEISS: Essential workers will still be essential after the pandemic. People who
don't have access to a car will still need safe ways to walk and bike to reach transit or their
jobs. As we reopen, if people who have access to a car all choose to drive, we will degrade our
communities and dramatically increase climate change-inducing emissions. For those of us
with privilege, the pandemic shed a light on realities that many others have always known:
most streets don't provide enough space for people to walk and bike safely, and our transit
systems are in desperate need of investment. The ongoing protests also show that enforcement
strategies can be harmful to communities of color. Slow Streets should absolutely NOT involve
the presence of law enforcement. Moving forward, Slow Streets are an opportunity to engage
in public conversations to create streets that are equitable and safe for all and to reorient our
transportation system into a more sustainable path.
ITEJ: Throughout your career at several prominent agencies and municipalities,
how have you seen active transportation evolve? What shifts or trends have you noticed
in the way people move?
CHANG: I think as transportation professionals, we are listening and responding to the
needs of our communities in a more comprehensive way. Active transportation was focused
on skilled and confident users along when I started at the Washington State Department
of Transportation (WSDOT). There was very little focus and resources allocated to active
transportation for the 16 years that I worked there. WSDOT is now a national leader in
transforming bicycle and pedestrian facilities that serve people of all ages and abilities. They
have chaired the update to the AASHTO Bicycle Design Guide that we are eagerly waiting
for adoption, helping to revise the AASHTO Green Book to better serve people walking and
bicycling, and are completing their active transportation plan this year.
	 In Seattle, we are seeing increases in usage of transit, walking, and bicycling as commute
modes after investing and improving our streets that our communities have requested.
According to the 2018 U.S. Census Survey, 23.1 percent took public transportation, 12.1
percent walked, 3.8 percent bicycled, and 7.7 percent worked from home. When we installed
separated bike lanes on 2nd Avenue in 2014, we recorded a ridership increase of 300 percent
from 332 riders to 1,311 riders. The ridership increased 900 percent with 3,383 riders when
we extended bicycle lanes. We are seeing more families and older people using electric assist
bicycles getting around downtown. 

Dongho Chang, P.E., PTOE (F)
City Traffic Engineer
City of Seattle, WA, USA
Education
Master of Public Administration,
University of Washington, 2004
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering,
University of Washington, 1993
ITE Involvement
Member of ITE delegation to NCUTCD
Inaugural LeadershipITE Class of 2014
Washington State ITE Section President, 2014
Fun Fact
Dongho drove a Zamboni during
high school, which he considers
as his "coolest" job ever!

ITEJ: How can the professionals designing and building our streets and communities keep
up with the ever-changing pace of mobility while prioritizing safety?
CHANG: ITE is such a great resource for professionals to engage and collaborate with others in
the field. ITE's e-Community discussion forum is an excellent platform for asking, answering,
and having a dialogue with peers about past practices and latest topics. Join and engage with
ITE's Technical Councils and Committees where members are our leaders and experts in the
industry. From Complete Streets to Safety, members in these committees work together to
position ITE as the go to resource for our profession.  
ITEJ: COVID-19 has brought unprecedented changes to active transportation, and Seattle
recently closed 20 miles of streets to through traffic, permanently. Do you think this is a
trend we will see continue after the pandemic in cities and communities? 
CHANG: Yes, I do. We all have experienced the inequitable street allocation during this
pandemic and realize that there are things we can do improve how we serve our most
vulnerable users and improve conditions for our businesses. The challenge is acknowledging
that each community knows what they need, and being good listeners. itej
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