1:40pm - 3:00pm
1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village
Rachel Carpenter, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Branch Chief, California Department of Transportation
As recommended by California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), Caltrans is working to develop a pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvement program. This presentation will provide an overview of what’s been completed since the program’s inception in 2016 as well as next steps. Specifics behind the below listed efforts will be shared.
Rachel is the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Branch Chief with the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) Division of Traffic Operations. She is responsible for setting the direction and priorities in the establishment of both bicyclist and pedestrian safety improvement programs. Rachel is a member of the TRB’s Standing Committee on Bicycle Transportation. She joined Caltrans in 2014 after leaving the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Livable Streets Subdivision. While with the SFMTA, she worked as a project manager and design engineer for multiple bicycle facility, pedestrian safety and traffic calming projects. Prior to joining the SFMTA, Rachel worked as a Graduate Student Researcher with the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. She holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California. Rachel spent four years volunteering as a City of Lafayette Circulation Commission Member, and currently volunteers as a City of Sacramento Active Transportation Commission Member.