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Seattle recently hosted the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing Cities 2016 Conference.

NACTO is a coalition of city transportation departments committed to raising the state of the practice for street design and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops, and regular communication among member cities.

More than 700 transportation professionals from more than 125 cities in the U-S and around the world convened in Seattle for the Designing Cities conference to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy.


NACTO Camp Board: so many topics, so little time!

SDOT speakers shared successes and lessons learned on several panels topics including:

  • Using data to help reach our Vision Zero, parking and outreach goals
  • Optimizing organizational structure to deliver quality projects
  • Bringing infrastructure, transit service and public spaces to the next level
  • Using ballot measures for transportation funding

Conference Keynote Speaker Tamika Butler challenged participants to think about race in our urban planning. Listen to her speech on SoundCloud here.

Throughout the conference, city staff and partners including Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Center and Pronto! led more than 40 mobile workshops to showcase unique and innovative projects including festival streets, parklets and streateries, bicycle and pedestrian safety projects, adaptive streets projects…


SDOT City Engineer Dongho Chang leading a tour in the city.

…street scrabble…


…intelligent transportation systems, green stormwater infrastructures, and even…a kayak tour!




Director Kubly passes the crown to the representative from Chicago for NACTO’s 2017 conference.

As part of the ceremony announcing next year’s host city, SDOT Director Scott Kubly bestowed a crown (and a casual daytime cape) on the representative from Chicago.

Seattle is the fifth city to host this annual conference, following Austin in 2015.

The bar is set for Chicago in 2017!