Friday Transportation Seminar: Bringing Complete Streets to Reality in State Transportation Projects

Friday, October 14, 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Celeste Gilman, WSDOT
Free and open to the public
ONLINE and IN-PERSON: PSU's Vanport Building (Room 269) 1810 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97201
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online or in-person at 11:30 AM. All presentations are recorded and shared on the event page afterwards.



In order to improve the safety, mobility, and accessibility of state highways, the Washington State legislature directed Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to incorporate the principles of complete streets in state transportation projects and to plan, design, and construct facilities that provide street access with all users in mind, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users. This new requirement was passed as part of the Move Ahead Washington package in the 2022 legislative session and is effective for state transportation projects starting design on or after July 1, 2022 with a project cost of $500,000 or more. This provides a tremendous opportunity to fill in gaps in the active transportation network and build partnerships between WSDOT and local jurisdictions to provide mobility options and increased quality of life in communities across the state. Come learn how complete streets are being implemented in state transportation projects in Washington, and the recipe for implementation that is leading to transformative changes.


  • The many co-benefits of complete streets
  • How Washington is using Level of Traffic Stress goals to provide facilities that invite active transportation trips
  • The ingredients that together have made this new requirement a tipping point for complete streets in Washington state
  • New national resources available to support complete streets implementation


Celeste Gilman, Strategic Policy Administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation

Celeste Gilman is the Strategic Policy Administrator based in WSDOT's Active Transportation Division and has led the implementation of Complete Streets for state transportation projects since the passage of the new requirement in the Move Ahead Washington package. Celeste has held a number of roles at WSDOT, including Transportation and Land Use Policy Advisor and Deputy Director of the Regional Transit Coordination Division. Prior to joining WSDOT, Celeste led the University of Washington's award-winning sustainable transportation programs, helping Huskies choose to use non-drive alone modes for 80% of their trips to campus. Celeste has over twenty years of experience in sustainable transportation and has shared her expertise locally, nationally, and internationally.



This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

Photo courtesy of Seattle DOT

Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) is home to the U.S. DOT funded National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), PORTAL, BikePed Portal and other transportation grants and programs. We produce impactful research and tools for transportation decision makers, expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engage students and professionals through education and participation in research.