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| president's message
Active Transportation, For Who?
INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTION

International President
Ransford S. McCourt, P.E., PTOE (F)
Portland, OR, USA

International Vice President
Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
Assistant Director, Public Works,
City of Henderson, NV, USA

Immediate Past International President
Bruce Belmore, P.Eng., PTOE, VMA (F)

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

Directors
Gordon E. Meth, P.E., PTOE, PTP, RSP1 (F)

(Northeastern District) Transportation Engineering
Expert Witness, Robson Forensic, Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE (F)

(Mid-Colonial District), Vice President,
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Wilmington, DE, USA

Scott Knebel, P.E. (M)

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

Kristi M. Sebastian, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Midwestern District), Traffic Engineer,
Dakota County, Apple Valley, MN, 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)

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

Cathy Leong, P.E. (F)

(Western District), Associate Director,
Wilson Okamoto Corporation, Honolulu, HI, USA

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

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

Jen Malzer, M.Sc., P.Eng. (F)

(Canadian District), Transportation Engineer,
City of Calgary, AB, Canada

Daniel Przychodzki (M)

(Global District) Team Leader, Transport,
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

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

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

Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Florida Puerto Rico District) Program Manager - Planning
and Traffic Engineering, AECOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Ex-Officio Members
J. Andrew Swisher, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Missouri Valley District) Project Manager,
HR Green, Inc., Des Moines, IA, USA

Jason Crawford, P.E. (F)

(Coordinating Council Chair)
Research Engineer/Division Head, Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, Arlington, TX, USA

Our world has drastically changed since COVID-19 hit in March.
Half of the department stores anchoring retail districts have
closed permanently. Hotels are projecting occupancies below
20 percent. Student housing, multi-family, and senior housing
demand have experienced uncharacteristic, disproportional
demand reductions. Increased work from home (WFH) has
reduced the need for office space. Major event venues are closed.
Active transportation depends upon people's need to travel. What
happens when near-term events etch indelible change in how and
RANSFORD S. MCCOURT,
what people find a need to travel for?
P.E., PTOE (F)
What should ITE members be ready for, and how can active
ITE International President
transportation continue to help shape your community? Here are
a couple areas for us to be thinking about in the coming months.
How Can I Cross the Street? With most of us working from home, our travel has
significantly decreased. People are active within their neighborhoods and an increased need
for active transportation has emerged. The desire for supporting travel that builds upon a "new
normal" with more WFH and home delivery is before us. Seems like community investments
in walking and biking will be rewarded with greater citizen support now more than ever. But
how can we advance this opportunity to improve safety when crossing the road? And can we
be more equitable in addressing these feelings and negative safety outcomes for people with
limited economic means?
As ITE members, one area where we tip the safety scale in favor of people is establishing
a standard of care. We do this using the wealth of research on the subject of pedestrian street
crossing treatments. The array of signs, markings, street design, speed management, gap
availability, sidewalk widening, and visibility enhancements is staggering. With good intent, we
create new shiny objects every month. The outcome becomes so many options with disjoined,
siloed criteria that many practitioners misapply perfectly good countermeasures in various
contexts. The ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Standing Committee of the Complete Streets Council
is tackling this subject (see more on page 16). This year they will be circulating concepts that
provide greater clarity in the selection of enhancements based upon characteristics (speed,
width), context (functional class, area type), and users (pedestrians, vehicles).
Emergence of E-Bike for Short Trips. When looking at mode share in most urban areas,
the potential for WFH to become the second mode choice in North America is favorable with
its barriers destroyed by the pandemic. What mode could have the potential to pick up a greater
share? E-bike is where I would invest. Electric bikes are affordable and compact, providing
convenience to bike travel (less sweat). There is room for significant growth. To have major
impact, one does not need to bike every day-one to two days a month, once a week, or multiple
times a week when paired with daily bicycling equates to big mode-share shift. Not to mention
its environmental benefits. For suburban areas, these trips have potential to grow with networks
of buffered lanes and trails, and in urban areas, slow lanes and better speed management.
There will be lots to discuss at our virtual meeting in August-I can't wait to see how all of
us are shaping our communities.

Abbas Mohaddes, P.E. (F)

(Industry Council Chair)
President and COO, Econolite, Anaheim, CA, USA

Institute of Transportation Engineers
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