Save the Date:
Thursday, February 7, 2019!

Thank you for attending Moving People Forward 2018!

This year’s conference sold out with more than 250 industry leaders, transportation advocates, change makers, government officials and grassroot advocates in attendance.  The diversity of our attendees represents how deeply invested Coloradoans are in shaping our state’s transportation future- and that’s exciting!

Meet our keynote

Scott Kubly, former director, Seattle Department of Transportation 

The architect of the award-winning Move Seattle plan, Kubly helped transform Seattle into an urban model of multimodal transportation, in which 95 percent of the nearly 45,000 jobs created in the past few years have been filled by people who walk, bike or take public transit to work. Kubly has helped countless city leaders and urban planners proactively address challenges in the ever-changing urban transportation landscape.

He was also the lead architect of the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, which provides $930 million to improve safety, maintain streets and bridges and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. Kubly will share his vision for how Coloradans can address current transportation demands while planning for the future. His insight will be invaluable for anyone wondering how Colorado infrastructure can keep up with the increasing demands of a growing population.

Kubly also serves as the vice president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Prioritizing People: Pathways to Transportation Change

A Conversation Between Denver and Seattle

Our plenary panel will feature an intimate conversation with Seattle and Denver transportation leaders as they explore the key challenge of our time; how to move from “balancing” to “prioritizing” the mobility options that will get more people out of single occupancy vehicles.

The plenary will open with an inspiring tale of risk and reward from Dongho Chang, Seattle’s award-winning Traffic Engineer. Keynote speaker Scott Kubly and Dongho will then be joined by Denver Public Works new Director Eulois Cleckley and Denver Metro Chambers’ CEO Kelly Brough for a rich discussion facilitated by Denver City Council President Albus Brooks.

What are the stresses and ‘can’t miss opportunities’ at play when a city moves from seeking a “balance” of mobility options to true prioritization of transit, biking and walking? Who leads this effort and how can cities build and sustain momentum for catalytic change? Looking ahead, what can Colorado cities take away from Seattle’s record of success in moving people and lowering SOV rates?

New this year!  The Future of Bike Share Breakfast forum – SOLD OUT

The bike share landscape is rapidly shifting as the number of dockless systems in communities across the U.S. steadily rises. While exciting and beneficial in many respects, the changes also pose a lot of questions and possible challenges. What does this ‘trend’ mean for existing bike share programs? How do communities regulate parking and storage of bikes? What partnerships are important and how can stakeholders collaborate to minimize pitfalls and maximize success at the local and regional levels?

This add-on forum will feature presentations from bike share experts followed by an in-depth Q&A session and conversation.

A light continental breakfast is included with the forum fee.

Breakout Sessions:

Each participant will select their breakout sessions on the day of the event. Sessions will feature in-depth presentations and Q&A on mobility conversations.  From transportation demand management to safety, we have some exciting breakout sessions for you! Scroll below for more detailed information on topics and speakers.

Streets as People Places: The 5280 Loop

For the last century, American streets have been almost exclusively used as transportation corridors. But streets are also shared public spaces that can function as the glue of a community and center of public life. The Downtown Denver Partnership is leading efforts to create the 5280 Loop, a bold, visionary project that will transform how we think of the public right-of-way in Downtown Denver, link neighborhoods and connect people. Prioritizing health, culture, nature, and people, the 5280 Loop is a new, distinctly Denver amenity that will connect many vibrant and diverse neighborhoods and create a powerful sense of place. In this session, we will explore how streets can become collaborative public spaces and centers of neighborhood identity, strengthening the social fabric of our communities.

Speakers (Tentative):

Chris Frampton – East West Partners

Adam Perkins – Downtown Denver Partnership

Crissy Fanganello – Denver Public Works

Chris Parezo – Civitas

Development and Change in the Face of Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is seen as critical to the future of mobility in many cities and touted as a lower cost, more efficient solution to inner-city mass transit, rivaling light rail and streetcars. It is currently being studied on dozens of corridors throughout the Front Range and state. Despite this, there are few examples nationwide and little information surrounding their impact on cities. As BRT moves forward, what changes will we see to the corridors and the communities they pass through? How can a BRT catalyze change like a light rail or commuter rail system and its stations? What does Transit-Oriented Development mean in the world of Bus Rapid Transit and how we can ensure the change is good?


Jordan Block – Moderator, WSP

Denise Gammon – Holland Partner Group

Monica Martinez – The Fax Partnership

Cliff Henke- WSP

Ryan Billings- Denver Department of Public Works


Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Solving Mobility Issues Together

This panel includes advocates, engineers, planners and technologists with an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision to shape mobility for the future. Learn from some of the area’s young professionals about their recommended solutions to access, safety and awareness barriers that can be addressed with technology, data and fresh thinking. Learn new approaches to navigating between public and private sectors to identify shared mobility priorities and build success.


Gabriella Arismendi – City of Westminster

Josh Gipper – Kritek

Arleigh Greenwald – Entrepreneur

Tim Reinen – Radian|Placematters

Rapid Fire Round: The Mobility Buffet

Session A: Denver Vision Zero: Lessons and Successes (Safety/Vision Zero)

Nationally, traffic fatalities are on the rise, especially among the most vulnerable street users. Vision Zero is an international movement to address this reality, viewing fatal crashes as a preventable public health crisis. Denver recently joined the growing number of U.S. cities committed to Vision Zero and eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries. This session will tell the story of how Denver’s leaders decided to become a Vision Zero city, how the Action Plan was developed through an inclusive process,  what the City and its partners are doing to make a serious impact on transportation and public health in Denver, and what other cities can do to reduce fatal crashes and plant seeds for Vision Zero efforts.


Jessica Juriga Fields – Toole Design Group

Session B: Improving the  First/Last Mile Barriers and Opportunities (TDM)

This presentation will focus on the analysis and recommendations in RTD’s First and Last Mile Strategic Plan, and will include background of first/last mile issues in the greater Denver region, analysis of first/last mile barriers at specific RTD stations; and preliminary station recommendations.


Paul DesRocher – RTD

Session C: Winning TDM Strategies for Major Construction Projects

The Grand Avenue Bridge (GAB) project in Glenwood Springs is the largest infrastructure project on the Western Slope in 25 years. Now in phase three of this five-phase project, crews are working to replace the more than five-decade-old traffic bridge.  This presentation will include an overview of the project’s bike/pedestrians accommodations, but it will also focus on a community-wide TDM effort during a three-month bridge closure.


Tracy Trulove – CDOT

Session D: Quick Wins with On-Street Projects

Take a visual tour of Dongho Chang’s favorite quick on-street project wins in Seattle, and learn how small changes, when taken together, paint a picture of a city in transformation, one less-focused on fast car travel and more focused on making streets safe and reliable for walkers, bikers, bus riders and drivers.


Dongho Chang – City of Seattle

Harnessing Mobility Technology Solutions
  This session will focus on how technology can be harnessed to plan and deliver transportation demand management (TDM) and mobility solutions to lower drive alone rates. The panel will use case studies showcasing the use of apps to deliver Uber/Lyft incentives while collecting data to inform future programs, and explore the use of virtual reality tools to convey lifelike user experiences to stakeholders and decision-makers. Panelists will make the case that TDM, combined with technology solutions and the latest in behavior change theory, will play a critical role in creating demand for an efficient, shared mobility future.   Speakers: Joel Christensen, Commutifi Jonny Rotheram, UrbanTrans Ulla Hester, UrbanTrans
Implementing Active Transportation Networks in Suburbia

Building bicycle networks in the suburbs is different than developing networks in larger, central cities. Differences include levels of citizen engagement, roadway design and land use, and how best to introduce new facilities to complete, connected networks. The session will use recent active transportation plans from two Front Range suburbs to highlight these differences. Participants will learn new ways to engage the public, how to overcome constraints, and how to implement pilot projects. Panelists will share new techniques to engage the public and how suburban communities are identifying and overcoming barriers to retrofitting infrastructure and adjusting land-use policies to shape a more walk & bike-friendly built environment.


Gabriella Arismendi – City of Westminster

Ashley Kaade – City of Northglenn

Sam Piper – Alta Planning + Design


The Future of Bike share breakfast forum

8 – 8:30              Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10            Bike share forum

Moving People Forward conference

9:30 – 10:30       Registration and Coffee Conversations

10:30 – 10:45     Welcome

10:45 – 12:15     Keynote Speaker and Plenary Conversation

12:15 – 1:15       Lunch

1:15 – 1:30         Transition Period

1:30 – 2:45         Breakout Session One

2:45 – 3:15         Networking Break

3:15 – 4:30         Breakout Session Two

4:30 – 6              Conference Happy Hour

Moving People Forward sponsors

Lunch Sponsor

Forum and Coffee Sponsor

Afternoon Break Sponsor

Mobility Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Beer Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring Moving People Forward? Contact Bicycle Colorado’s development director, Michele Hogan, at

Conference Location

Embassy Suites Denver 1420 Stout Street Denver, CO 80202

Reservations and Travel

We have a special rate of $159 at the Embassy Suites hotel if you are interested in staying downtown. To reserve your room, contact Venessa Valdez at 303-592-1000, or via email at and reference Bicycle Colorado. If necessary, please note cancellation guidelines when making your reservation. Rates only good through January 12, 2018, based on availability. The hotel offers valet parking only, subject to availability. The hotel offers a rate of $40 per vehicle overnight. Use the Go Denver App or Google Maps to plan your commute to the Embassy Suites, which is easily accessible by bike, light rail, bus or the free 16th Street mall shuttle.


Please contact Kate Agathon,  Bicycle Colorado events manager,  if you have questions. 303-417-1544 x106

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