Walking and Bicycling in an Automated Future

This webinar series will bring together researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy makers, and industry leaders to think critically about the ways in which automated and connected vehicles may impact pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility, and how cities can remain or become safe and vibrant places for walking and bicycling as the revolution in vehicle automation continues.

Part I: The Promise and Challenges of Automated Technologies

Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time


Industry-leading experts from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, VTTI’s Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety, and Charles River Analytics shared the latest in connected and automated technologies, and described the challenges and potential for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility through these innovations.


  • Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies, Promises, and Challenges (Justin Owens, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • AV’s Blindspot: Detecting Pedestrians and Bicyclists (Bernardo Pires, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Insitute)
  • The Connected Bicycle: Communicating with Vehicles and Infrastructure (Michael Jenkins, Charles River Analytics)

Recording and Archive

  • Presentation Materials (PDF)
  • Video Recording (MP4)

Part II: Policies to Prepare for an Automated Future

Thursday, August 31, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time

In this webinar, speakers will discuss policy issues and tools that can guide the evolution of automated vehicles in a way that supports vibrant, multimodal communities. Hear perspectives from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), academics from UC-Davis’s National Center for Sustainable Transportation, practitioners from Sam Schwartz Engineering, and those leading the Portland, OR Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI). Ask questions and share your own ideas in a facilitated discussion afterward.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6164921399129647873.


  • City Perspectives on Connected/Automated Vehicle Policies (Mollie Pelon, NACTO)
  • Sharing, Electrification, and Automation: Policies for The Three Revolutions (Susan Handy, UC-Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation)
  • Saving Our Cities from the Driverless Future: Impacts and Policy Framework for the Age of Autonomous Vehicles (Joe Iacobucci, Sam Schwartz Engineering)
  • Portland’s Smart Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (Art Pearce, City of Portland)

Recording and Archive

  • Presentation Materials (Coming Soon)
  • Video Recording (Available Following Webinar)