The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, in collaboration with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, hosted the “Safe Routes for All Town Hall” on Wednesday, March 25, from 7-9 pm at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence.  Through the event we helped to demonstrate that safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is not a niche issue. 

The event included a presentation by, Robert Ping, a national expert from Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, and a panel of regional experts that are working to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in their communities.

City commissioners, city commission candidates, and city staff attended the event and the public had the opportunity to ask questions of the invited speakers and city commission candidates.

Thanks to everyone who came to learn about and show their support for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that is safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.

Lawrence Journal World article covering the event.
Letter to the Editor in the Lawrence Journal World about the event.


Speaker Presentations and Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Speaker Biographies

Robert Ping is the Technical Assistance Program Manager for the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. He helps communities with technical assistance for bicycle and pedestrian initiatives and advocates to improve the built environment and increase safety, social equity, and physical activity through bicycling and walking. Previously he served as the Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff expert, and was appointed by Congress to the federal Safe Routes to School Task Force. Robert was the founding manager of Portland, Oregon’s citywide Safe Routes to School program.

Kellee Van Bruggen is a Transportation Planner with the City of Lincoln, NE. She has been in the transportation planning field for seven years.  Kellee is tasked with multi-modal planning issues with emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian issues.  She is the lead for the city’s Complete Streets Committee, staffs the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and is the lead on bringing a bike share system to Lincoln.

Lawrence Simonson is the assistant director of PedNet Coalition in Columbia, MO.  He joined PedNet in 2010 and has a strong belief in the individual and community benefits of an active lifestyle. Lawrence lived without a car for many years relying on his bike for transportation.  He and his wife chose Columbia, MO  to live because the community valued active transportation and living a healthy lifestyle.

Karl Fundenberger is the Director of Bicycle Operations for Topeka Metro, a transportation solution provider launching a bike share fleet, Topeka Metro Bikes, in April 2015. The bright red bikes have GPS, and a built-in lock for parking at your destination. Fundenberger grew up racing, collecting, and fixing bicycles, and has spent the early part of his career as a marketer. He is thrilled to take on the new challenge of marketing bicycles to the Topeka community.

Joey Lightner serves as the Bicycle coordinator for the City of Manhattan, KS. He addresses both bicycle and pedestrian issues. He is one of four staff that serves on Manhattan’s bicycle advisory committee. He is also currently working on his Phd in Kinesiology and Social Epidemiology and is examining how the built environment impacts public health.

Supporting Organizations

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this event!

Anderson Rentals*
Barker Neighborhood Association*
Carma Hop
Cycle Works
Essential Goods
Independence Inc.
Jayhawk Audubon Society
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging
Kaw Valley Older Women’s League*
KU Bicycle Advisory Committee
Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods
Lawrence Bicycle Club
Lawrence Central Rotary Club*
Lawrence/Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee*
Lawrence/Douglas County Health Department*
Lawrence Sports Corporation
Lawrence Unchained*
League of Women Voters
LiveWell Lawrence*
The Merc
Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association*
Raven Bookstore
Sierra Club Wakarusa Group
Sunflower Outdoor and Bike
Sustainability Action Network*
Sustainability Advisory Board*
Westwood Neighborhood Association
* These organizations contributed to the planning of this event.