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Liability: Understanding and Managing Risk
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When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern
Contact: Debra Goeks

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Liability: Understanding and Managing Risk

The law is a tool--not a barrier--to making public streets safer for all users. Learn how city and state departments of transportation use the law as a normal part of evaluating and implementing bicycle and pedestrian projects and when determining whether improvements are needed after a crash occurs. Presentations will provide the context of federal and state guidance on local policy and design decisions, an overview of the legal concepts, and a case study of how the City of Seattle has successfully documented and defended design decisions. This webinar session will specifically discuss the concepts of negligence, reasonable care and governmental immunity. Examples are offered to encourage engineers, planners, law enforcement and legal counsel to collaborate for improved outcomes.

Who should attend? Transportation planners, engineers, public works directors and staff, legal counsel, law enforcement and elected officials who need to know how to work within the existing framework of federal and state requirements to meet public demand for safe streets that are pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Please note: General questions are, as always, welcome; however, the presenters cannot answer any case-specific inquiries. This webinar does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for consulting with your own municipal attorney or legal department. APBP does, however, recommend that you invite legal counsel to attend the webinar, ideally with the professionals listed in "who should attend”.

Presenters: Rebecca Boatright, Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City of Seattle; Michael Ronkin, Principal, Designing Streets for People; Benjamin Winig, Senior Staff Attorney and Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions.

The AICP has approved one Certification Maintenance legal credit for this webinar. APBP will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours. Cost to purchase a site license is $50 for APBP members, $75 for non-APBP members. Each site license includes one phone connection (toll charges apply, or use VoIP), one Internet connection, one set of handouts for unlimited attendees in the same location, and access to the recording. (You may be required to download free software from Citrix GoToMeeting in order to participate in the webinar.) APBP accepts Visa, MasterCard or AMEX; payment should be made by noon on September 18. For more information, contact Debra Goeks (262-228-7025 or


APBP thanks these generous sponsors for underwriting the webinar: