April 3, 2009

Bike Planning in Bike City, USA: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Trying Really Hard, Actually


Ms. Tara Goddard, City of Davis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator


What does it mean to be the bike-friendliest city in the country? Does everyone agree that we are? And where are we going from here? Tara Goddard, ITS Davis graduate (Civil, 2005), will share the good, the bad, and the odd from her perspective as the City of Davis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. This will be a non-technical look at non-motorized transportation planning at the local level, set against the backdrop of the unique community of Davis. Come learn why other communities are nipping at the heels of our bike-friendly reputation, and why that is a good thing, and why there is a greater need than ever for innovative bikeway planners and engineers.

Biographical Sketch

Before becoming the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Davis, Tara Goddard worked as a Transportation Planner for the City of Sacramento, focusing on transit-oriented development, urban revitalization, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Prior to that, she completed her Masters in Civil Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Handy, taking one year off to participate in the Executive Fellowship Program in Sacramento. Ms. Goddard earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, where she was awarded Outstanding ME Student of the Year and developed a healthy appreciation for having a beach five minutes from the classroom. In her spare time, Tara enjoys visiting Toad Hollow with her dog Baxter, yoga, kayaking, and watching Discovery-channel reality shows.