Meet the Experts
The National Complete Streets Coalition has selected and trained an elite corps of transportation professionals from across the country to share best practices in creating Complete Streets. Get to know our experts from the bios below.
Charlie Alexander, PE, AICP is an Associate with Fehr & Peers in Denver, Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, is a registered Civil Engineer in Colorado, California and Washington, and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Charlie has a variety of Complete Streets project experience including pedestrian and bicycle master plans, pedestrian and bicyclist safety projects, bikeway and walkway designs, corridor designs, Safe Routes to School projects, Safe Routes to Transit projects, roadway “right-sizing” (i.e. road diet) studies, crosswalk policies, and bike share studies. Prior to relocating to Denver, Charlie was in the Fehr & Peers’ Sacramento, California office. During that time, he was the on-call transportation engineer for the University of California, Davis where he worked closely with campus planners, architects and engineers to improve bicyclist circulation and safety on the 41,000 person campus where 47 percent of students, faculty and staff use a bicycle on a daily basis.
Kristin Bennett, AICP is a transportation planner with over 18 years experience working for municipal and regional public agencies in several states. She has significant experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, traffic calming, and multi-modal corridor planning. She specializes in Complete Streets planning, design and project implementation, especially the retrofitting of existing transportation corridors. Kristin is also extremely knowledgeable in transportation funding options, especially federal funding, and is a very successful grant writer having acquired millions of dollars for planning and capital projects over the last 10 years. Currently, Kristin is the Milwaukee Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Previously, she served as the Nonmotorized Transportation and School Safety Programs Manager for the City of Colorado Springs. She was member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board of Directors (APBP) for 6 years and now currently sits on the Transportation Research Board’s professional panel to update the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Pedestrian Facilities. Kristin received the APBP Professional of the Year- Public Sector Award in 2012. She is a Michigan native and has been commuting to work (and other destinations) by bicycle, via transit or on foot for 20 years.
Mike Dannemiller, PE is a Principal Engineer with The RBA Group. He has been planning and designing bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the United States for over 20 years. He has developed and presented training sessions on complete streets, traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, safe routes to school and senior mobility. Mike has a Bachelor’s of Science from Merrimack College, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He is also a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Mike is a long time member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and a design volunteer for New Jersey’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He also serves as an Advisor to the New Jersey East Coast Greenway Committee and the 9/11 Memorial Trail Alliance.
Marshall Elizer, PE, PTOE is a registered professional engineer in 13 states. He has a career spanning 22 years of municipal public works experience and 17 years of private experience in transportation planning and design. Through these activities Marshall has gained diverse experience in transportation planning, engineering, design and operations throughout the US and internationally. Since 2008 Marshall has served on AASHTOs Technical Committee on Geometric Design. He was lead technical editor of ITE’s Urban Street Geometric Design Handbook, policy advisor to ITE/CNU on Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context-Sensitive Approach, and technical advisor on AARP’s Complete Streets for Older Adults. He is Principal Investigator on NCHRP 15-48, Guidelines for Designing Low- and Intermediate-Speed Roadways That Serve All Users. A Past International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Marshall has also served in transportation leadership roles in the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA).
Tom Errico, PE is a Senior Associate with T.Y. Lin International and has over 30 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning and is a registered professional engineer in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Tom is active in the Institute of Transportation Engineers and served on the New England Section Board, is a former Maine Chapter President. He currently is Co-Chair of the Technical Committee for the Section where he is leading the update of the Massachusetts Traffic Calming Manual. He is an ITE National Member of their Bicycle and Pedestrian Council and the Traffic Engineering Council. Tom recently managed and instructed 60 Complete Streets workshops for MassDOT and is an On-Call Traffic Engineer for the City of Portland, Maine. Tom has Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees from Northeastern University and resides in downtown Kennebunk where he enjoys biking and walking.
Roger Henderson, AICP, PE is an accomplished leader in forging multi-disciplined teams to enhance how transportation contributes to healthy, vibrant communities. His focus is at the intersection of land use planning and street design. His 30-year career includes serving as Senior Transportation Planner with major consulting firms, the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. His skills include urban traffic engineering and street design, citywide multimodal transportation plans, public engagement, bicycle and pedestrian planning, complete streets and more than 20 years teaching university extension courses. He is a contributing author of “Context-Sensitive Solutions for Major Urban Thoroughfares in Walkable Communities.” His expertise is leading teams of planners, engineers and landscape architects with the know-how to design real-life solutions that transform the built environment so that more people walk, bicycle and ride transit. Roger is also the President of the Board of Directors of BikeWalk NC, the statewide advocacy group for North Carolina.
Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP is a nationally recognized leader and advocate of livable communities and safe streets. She was a pioneer in advocating for streets as corridors for all modes of transportation, beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the PAS report, Traffic Calming, in 1995. Cynthia is an Associate Planner with Alta Planning + Design. She has over 30 years of experience as a transportation planner; specifically in traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle planning, and mobility oriented development. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners; a Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers; and has held various leadership roles within the American Planning Association most recently as a commissioner on the national AICP Commission. She is Chair of Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School Project, and has worked as a consultant with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District for 15 years promoting multi-modal transportation in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Cynthia is the Interim Chair of the Urbana Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and is a certified League Cycling Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists.
Bryan Jones, PE, PTP, AICP is a Senior Associate with Alta Planning + Design overseeing complete streets engineering and implementation in California. He has held leadership positions with the California cities of Carlsbad, Fresno, and Fremont Public Works Departments. There he inspired bold visions and big campaigns and aligned them with strategic implementation plans that delivered numerous pedestrian, bicyclist, and complete and livable street projects. Bryan developed programs and projects that align with each community’s unique values and increased project support through visual renderings, tactical urbanism demonstrations, and pilot projects. Bryan’s complete street project experience spans policy, planning, concept design, program development, engineered plans, funding, and implementation. He also serves as a voting member of the California Traffic Control Devices Committee appointed by the State of California DOT to represent bicyclists and pedestrians statewide related to standards, guidelines and policies in the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He received his civil engineering degree from UC Davis and his MPA from Norwich University.
Carol Kachadoorian is a Senior Planner with over 30 years’ experience in local government, policy development, government relations, and multi-modal transportation planning. She has worked on a number of complete streets projects in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Maryland. Committed to Safe Routes to School programs, Carol is the project manager for the Virginia SRTS program, and manages marketing and travel plan development for the Georgia DOT’s SRTS Resource Center. Carol has developed SRTS plans for schools in Washington, DC, Delaware, South Carolina and North Carolina. Carol is the project manager for the Pedestrian Master Plan Update in Howard County, MD, and recently completed a pilot transit access plan for Durham, NC. She is also helping implement the North Carolina DOT’s Complete Streets policy through a series of workshops and 2-day courses. She was the lead contributor to information on pedestrian and bicyclist access for a Transportation Cooperative Research Program project to develop a guidebook for various access modes to high capacity transit stations. Carol holds graduate degrees in East Asian Studies and Urban Management/Planning and is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals, and the Washington Area Bicycle Association.
Jon Kaplan, PE has been the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager at the VT Agency of Transportation (VTrans) for the past 6 years. He was also the Vermont Safe Routes to School Coordinator for 2 years. Jon is involved with project funding and development, policy, internal and external coordination, development and dissemination of safety material, and encouragement of bicycling and walking in Vermont. He is a registered civil engineer who has been involved primarily with bicycle and pedestrian facility planning and design since 1993. His experience includes working in both the private and public sector, including transportation project planning and design work, traffic studies and general transportation planning work at one of Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions. Jon graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Vermont. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Peter Lagerwey is the Regional Office Director for Toole Design Group in the Northwest. Peter has over 27 years managing high profile pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs with the City of Seattle and as a private consultant. Peter is a nationally known expert having worked on non-motorized projects and made presentations in over 200 states, counties and cities. Most recently he was the project manager for developing and implementing the widely acclaimed Seattle Bicycle Master Plan; and co-author of the FHWA manual on “How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.” Peter brings extensive experience in the development and implementation of policies and programs related to bike lanes, sharrows, bicycle parking, marked crosswalks, school signing, curb ramps, sidewalks and trails. Other areas of experience and expertise include development and implementation of complete streets policies, bicycle and pedestrian maps, grant writing, legal issues, safe routes to school, social marketing, encouragement and education programs, and public participation.
John N. LaPlante, PE, PTOE is a Director of Traffic Engineering for T.Y. Lin International, working out of their Chicago office. Prior to joining the firm in 1992, Mr. LaPlante had been with the City of Chicago for 30 years in various transportation engineering positions, including Chief City Traffic Engineer and Acting Commissioner of the new Department of Transportation. He has been involved in several national committees (AASHTO Green Book Technical Committee and 2012 Bike Guide, NCUTCD Bicycle Technical Committee and Pedestrian Task Force, and the TRB Pedestrian and Bicycle Committees) and was principal author of the AASHTO Pedestrian Guide. He has taught many courses as part of the FHWA Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and the APBP/US Access Board Designing for Pedestrian Accessibility training. His education includes a BSCE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MSCE degree at Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of both ITE and ASCE. In 2010 he received the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award from ITE for his advancement of the profession through outstanding contributions in the field of traffic engineering.
Chris Lucas, AICP, LEED AP is an Urban Planner specializing in transportation planning and urban design at The RBA Group in New York. He manages bicycle-pedestrian, streetscape and downtown revitalization projects throughout the New York Metropolitan area. During NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan’s early years (2007-2008), Chris managed planning and design projects for the Department, including design and implementation of 60 miles of progressive bicycle facilities including on-street separated bicycle paths. Many of the design standards introduced and developed on those projects have been established as national standards in the NACTO Urban Street Design and Urban Bikeway Design Guides. Prior to 2007, Chris worked at the Pratt Center for Community Development, Project for Public Spaces and with community leaders in post-Katrina New Orleans on grassroots transportation and public space issues. Chris received his BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University and MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.
Stacey Meekins, AICP is a Senior Planner with Sam Schwartz Engineering. Ms. Meekins leads the active transportation practice out of the SSE Chicago office. With over ten years of experience focusing on bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, and safety research, Ms. Meekins has worked with communities across the Midwest, from large urban centers to small suburban towns, to identify safety concerns and develop short and long-term plans for improvements. She has completed research at the national level for the Federal Highway Administration as well as at the state and local levels, including the Michigan and Chicago Departments of Transportation. Her research is focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety, mobility, and emerging countermeasures. Ms. Meekins also educates communities about how to improve their bicycle and pedestrian networks through partnerships with the National Complete Streets Speaker’s Bureau and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). She is currently a board member of CNU-IL.
Norma Moores , P.Eng. has over 25 years experience in consulting transportation engineering, planning and designing of urban and rural roadways in both Canada and the United States. Since the late 80’s, she has studied accommodating cyclists, and a decade later the needs of pedestrians with impairments within our transportation networks. She leads active transportation master plan studies for small towns, medium cities and large regions across Canada and in the US. Three of her cycling master plans have earned Canadian and American awards of excellence from planning and landscape architecture associations. Norma led the development of the first Complete Streets policy approved by a municipality in Ontario, Canada for the City of Waterloo. It is somewhat unique in that it considers not only City services in planning and designing streets, but also the operation and maintenance of those streets to be inclusive of all road users. Norma is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and on the Board for the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Michael Moule, PE, PTOE has over 20 years of progressive traffic and transportation engineering experience, including traffic calming, conceptual design for Complete Streets, and planning and designing improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities. In both the private and public sectors Michael routinely leads community planning processes and training sessions to give citizens the basic skills they need to develop and review street design solutions. Michael is the Chief of Engineering for the County of Kauai, Hawaii, where he is working to enhance livability through engineering design and implementation. He is a registered professional engineer in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Florida, and North Carolina. He is a past president of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Rick Plenge, PE has over 17 years of transportation engineering experience in both the private and public sectors. His experience includes the planning and design of a variety of innovative multi-modal facilities and realizes the importance of accommodating all users within transportation projects. He has designed and implemented complete streets projects in both urban and rural contexts that have allowed for the installation of protected bike lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, parking lanes, sidewalks and curb extensions. The majority of the projects he has managed have involved multiple agency coordination and required the development of solutions that balance multiple stakeholder interests. Based on his prior experience as in-house traffic engineering consultant for the Chicago Department of Transportation, Rick is uniquely aware of many of the key design issues having applied and implemented much of the design guidance issued within the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide.
Philip Pugliese became Chattanooga’s first bicycle coordinator in 2005, working to provide mobility options for its citizens. Actively engaged in transportation policy and planning since 2002, he now serves as technical staff to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, and the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority through his consulting firm, Prova Group LLC. A former board member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Philip represents this organization on the National Complete Streets Coalition Steering Committee. Through collaborative effort, Philip engages the public, non-profits, and local and state governments to advance community transformation through active transportation. To further promote research, policy, and practice, Philip developed the Active Living & Transportation Network to leverage private, public, and academic resources in the community. A graduate of Georgia State University, Philip also holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee.
Jeff Riegner, PE, AICP, PTOE combines a passion for walking and bicycling with more than 24 years of transportation planning and design experience. He specializes in developing context-sensitive transportation and land use solutions that enhance and revitalize communities. As vice president and manager of the Wilmington, Delaware office of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Jeff has successfully worked with a wide variety of communities, from small towns to large cities, that have dramatically varying attitudes toward active transportation and placemaking. His project experience includes urban street design, bicycle and pedestrian master planning, transportation enhancements projects, trail planning and design, transit-oriented development, and integrated land use and transportation studies, all with a strong emphasis on effective public engagement. Jeff is a registered professional engineer in six states, a certified planner, and a professional traffic operations engineer. He is the past chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council and the Newark, Delaware Bicycle Committee, as well as the author of the “Design and Operation of Complete Streets and Intersections” chapter of the ITE Traffic Engineering Handbook, 7th Edition.
Michael Ronkin worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation between 1984 and 2006. The first five years in construction, where he learned the basics of highway design and road building. From 1989 to 2006, he served as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager, where he helped shape ODOT’s proactive pedestrian and bicycle policies. Michael now heads his own consulting firm, and he’s a nationally acknowledged expert in designing streets to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. He can help citizens achieve their goals of place-making, building livable communities, and reaching consensus on critical street design issues. Michael regularly offers training courses to engineers and planners, and addresses a variety of audiences on the need to ensure our cities and streets are planned and built with people, not just cars, in mind. As one of the founding national leaders in the Complete Streets movement, Michael created the Complete Streets workshops with former National Complete Streets Coalition Executive Director Barbara McCann.
Ryan Snyder is the President of Ryan Snyder Associates, a transportation planning firm that prepares sustainable transportation plans. He recently coordinated development of the Los Angeles County Model Design Street Manual for Living Streets that won a 2012 Federal Highway Administration award and a 2013 American Planning Association national award. He is a Federal Highways Administration Pedestrian Safety Design instructor. He is a Partner of the National Complete Streets Coalition. Snyder teaches a class on Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning/Street Design to graduate students in the UCLA Urban Planning Department. He is former Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners. Snyder holds an M.A. in Urban Planning and a B.A. in Economics from UCLA.
Tom von Schrader, PE brings 34 years of experience partnering with agencies to plan and implement sustainable policies that balance community development needs, right-of-way demands, and environmental enhancements. Tom is on the forefront of working with communities to build policies that lead to the implementation of unique living infrastructure systems within corridors. His design experience encompasses Complete Streets, Green Streets and Living Streets; utilizing natural drainage systems, water reuse systems, green roofs, rain gardens, porous pavement designs; and integrating art.
Steve Weinberger, PE, PTOE is a licensed traffic and civil engineer in the State of California and a graduate of the University of California, Institute of Transportation Studies. Steve has been practicing as a transportation consultant in Northern California since 1982 and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). He is a Principal and co-owner of the firm, W-Trans, since 1992. Steve has guided W-Trans’ working philosophy, “Balancing Functionality and Livability,” and has focused on projects, which seek to balance the competing needs of various transportation modes. He has managed dozens of corridor studies that sought to transform vehicle-dominated arterials to systems that provide more livable conditions for all users by incorporating arterial traffic calming schemes, lane reallocation techniques, roundabouts and traffic control systems that favor local traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. He is also a certified instructor for the Safe Routes to School National Course.
Craig Williams, AICP has more than 30 years of experience in transportation planning, engineering and project management, both in the private sector and 23 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). His areas of expertise include project studies and management, bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, traffic safety, accessibility (ADA), Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Design, legislation, financing, and grant programs. Craig was responsible for drafting and implementing the first Bicycle and Pedestrian chapter in IDOT’s Design Manual, providing training to IDOT planning and engineering staff, and consultants, as well as providing design review and approval of more than 100 bikeway projects. In 2000, he joined the private sector, leading livable community-type projects with Jacobs Engineering, TY Lin International, LYKAH Design Associates and Alta Planning+Design. In 2015, he returned to the public sector as the Mobility Manager for the City of Carlsbad, California. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois in environmental studies, urban planning and public administration.
Paul Zykofsky, AICP, Assoc. AIA directs the Local Government Commission’s programs related to land use and transportation planning, community design, and health and the built environment and has worked at LGC for nearly 20 years. Paul has experience in land-use, air quality, transportation planning and health and the built environment. He is co-author of documents on transit-oriented development, street design, walkability, traffic calming and public participation in planning. Paul is a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences and has experience facilitating workshops, design charrettes and planning processes. He is nationally certified to facilitate Safe Routes to School workshops and teaches the FHWA’s Designing for Pedestrian Safety and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan courses. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Paul was born and raised in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.