Session No. 4C

Planning, Design, and Management of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Facilities         

This session will highlight case studies of three pedestrian/bicyclist infrastructure projects of varying size and scope. Join to learn about the planning and design process, implementation, and lessons learned.

Moderator: Owen Hitchcock, RK&K           

  • Philadelphia in a Covid World, Richard Montanez, Deputy Commissioner-Transportation, Department of Streets | City of Philadelphia 
  • DC Cycletracks, Matthew Ridgway, principal, Fehr & Peers DC
  • DC Cycletracks, Nathan George, Bicycle and Pedestrian Practice lead, RK&K    
  • Leveraging Highway Reconstruction Projects to Build Multimodal Networks, Laura Ahramjian, Associate Planner, Kittelson & Associates         


Richard Montanez, P.E. is Deputy Streets Commissioner for Transportation for the City of Philadelphia. Montanez is responsible for the maintaining, operating, and improving approximately 2,500 miles of local roads, 3,000 traffic signals, 280 bridges, over 100,000 street lights and 18,000 alley lights in the City of Philadelphia. He leads the Streets Department in a variety of efforts, such as Transportation Management, Operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vision Zero, Energy efficiency, Green Infrastructure and Smart Cities and is responsible for the development and implementation of the transportation division’s strategic plan. Montanez has overseen transportation for special events in Philadelphia, such as the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the 2017 National Football League Draft and the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl Champion Parade. Montanez has received the 2014 Client of Distinction award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania. Was named ITSPA 2015 person of the year and received 2016 ITE Transportation Systems Management & Operations Council Individual Achievement Award. Montanez is a 1993 graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Professional Engineer License from the State of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Ridgway has been involved in many of Fehr & Peers’ highest visibility and most complex land use-transportation and multi-modal projects. His key strength is a broad background and multi-modal approach. Many projects have involved the development of tools for assessing unique performance measures and design of innovative transportation facilities. Ridgway founded Fehr & Peers’ San Francisco office in 2000 and established Fehr & Peers DC in 2015.  He has contributed to a number of national publications.                  

Nathan George is an enthusiastic planner focused on delivering safe and enjoyable transportation opportunities. He specializes in planning and design of low-stress bicycle facilities and ADA compliant pedestrian routes in urban, suburban and rural environments. A specialist in intersection design, he emphasizes multi-modal safety in design where the greatest challenges for vulnerable road users occur, leveraging both emerging approaches to safety and proven design techniques. A member of TRB’s Committee on Transportation Safety Management Systems (ANB 10), he focuses on transportation safety through design and by supporting Vision Zero efforts of RK&K’s municipal clients throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Laura Ahramjian is an accomplished transportation planner and urban designer who has been leading complex multimodal projects throughout the northeast region for over 12 years. She is passionate about using multimodal transportation solutions to make communities safer and more accessible, and she is adept at managing projects in tight urban spaces and other areas with competing interests for road space. A hallmark of her work is effectively coordinating among federal, state, and local agencies, stakeholders, and communities to resolve conflicts and lay the groundwork for successful implementation of projects. Ahramjian’s areas of expertise include complete street corridors, transportation area plans, bike route and trail feasibility, neighborhood traffic calming, transit-oriented development and land use, and urban design/streetscape guidelines. For the past seven years, Ahramjian has been a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where she teaches a graduate-level planning workshop.

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Dec. 10, 2020

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891