It’s nearly that time of the year: soon, hundreds of transportation professionals, enthusiasts, and advocates will come together for a day of sharing and learning. The D.C. region’s TransportationCamp DC 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, January 7th, at GMU’s Founders Hall in Arlington, Va., and registration is now open.
For those who have never attended a TransportationCamp before, it’s not a typical conference. Held in the “unconference” model, the emphasis is entirely on attendees and the topics they want to explore: there is no set schedule beforehand. Every attendee can submit an idea for a session, be it a roundtable, or a structured presentation, or just an open question to be discussed in a group. The end result is an inclusive mix of people from all backgrounds and experiences.
Whether it’s SafeTrack, bike lanes and trails, transit, or Vision Zero, session topics will run the gamut. Past sessions have included sessions such as:
–Building a protected bike lane network as a quick pilot: Calgary’s experience in rapidly approving and implementing a network of protected lanes through its downtown offers a viable model for other cities looking to expand their biking connections quickly and sell stakeholders on the model.
–Finding the right way to measure and communicate transit metrics: How can transportation planners best use data to make the case for better transit service through evidence-based planning?
–Making safe walking streets in suburban areas: In areas designed primarily around driving, how can suburbs adapt arterial roads safer and more welcoming for pedestrians?
And many more:
so many sessions on driverless vehicles at #transpo16 : planners and advocates want to shape the future of this tech, it’s impacts
See a full list of every session from last year’s camp here.
The event is also held concurrently with George Mason University’s Hays Outside the Box Competition. Scheduled during the fifth session, the competition pits creative transportation solutions against each other in a competition for a first prize award of $10,000. TransportationCamp DC is also timed to be the Saturday prior to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, which draws attendees from across the country.
What are you looking forward to discussing at January’s TransportationCamp DC? Chime in here, and on the Twitter with the hashtag #transpo17.
Photo: The board of sessions from TransportationCamp DC 2016 (M.V. Jantzen, Flickr).