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Sunday July 30th

Ever feel like you are broadcasting a message, and no one is listening? As TDM professionals, we offer many different products and services that we need to effectively share with stakeholders and customers. Honing your message and prioritizing what information is shared with different audiences can make a critical difference in the results you receive. During this workshop, you will participate in fun exercises, and learn tips and strategies for identifying audience segments and how to speak their language to get results.
  • Julie Bond(Speaker)Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Senior Research Associate
  • Vanessa Wheeler(Speaker)Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Member Price: $45 (thru 6/30) $75 (after 6/30)
Non-Member Price: $75 (thru 6/30) $105 (after 6/30)


Join representatives from the Gates Foundation and Salesforce on a tour of the organizations’ cutting edge employee bike amenities. Participants will travel by Seattle’s iconic Monorail, and bike share on this multi-modal 3 mile round trip tour. At Gates, near the base of the Space Needle, participants will get an inside peak of their internal Luum system, tour the bike facility, lockers/showers, and ventilated mudroom. Traveling by Lime Bike to Salesforce in Fremont, at the foot of the famous Fremont Troll (photo opp), participants will tour the spacious bike room, showers/lockers at Salesforce and visit the roof deck for amazing views of South Lake and downtown Seattle. Participants can take Lime Bikes or bus back to the hotel. 

Tour Guides:

  • Clark Rider, University of Colorado Boulder Sustainable Transportation Specialist, past Gates Foundation employee
  • Heidi Speight, Salesforce Transportation Program Manager
  • Ian Irving Lado (Cushman & Wakefield), Gates Foundation


  • 11:00 - 11:30 am Leave the Hotel, take the Monorail to the Gates Foundation
  • 11:30 - 11:45 am Check in at Gates
  • 11:45 - 12:15 pm Tour the Gates Foundation
  • 12:15 - 12:45 pm Take Lime Bikes to Salesforce
  • 12:45 - 1:15 pm Tour Salesforce
  • 1:15 - 1:45 pm Bike or bus back to the hotel (3 miles in bike lanes)

*Member Price: $20
*Non-Member Price: $30

**Your fee is covering planning and administrative costs for the tour**


Enjoy a little TDM and kayaking all in one fun-filled day! We'll head out of the Sheraton for a 20-minute walk to the water taxi to West Seattle. Starting around 1pm, we will kayak around historic Elliott Bay and the mouth of the Duwamish River, with outstanding views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountains. The tour will end around 3pm and participants can grab a drink or a snack at Marination mobile and enjoy the beautiful Seattle weather while waiting for the 4pm ferry back to downtown. If we're lucky, we may encounter California sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, or osprey. Tour is suitable for all skill levels!

*If we don’t get 20 registrations by June 25th, we will need to cancel the tour.

Member Price: $125
Non-Member Price: $135


Ride to Theo Chocolate Factory to discover the origins of cacao, and see how chocolate is locally crafted from scratch with an inside view to the factory. Make it fun by enjoying this tour on a micromobility vehicle from a curated selection of pedal bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters from Ridepanda. While enjoying some tasty chocolate, learn more about how you can add their solution to create a better and more sustainable commute, improve overall wellness, and have some serious fun.

Member Price: $45
Non-Member Price: $55


Presented by Lime & Bikes Make Life Better

Start your conference off on the right … pedal with an easy guided bike tour of downtown Seattle. We’ll grab electric Lime bikeshare bikes outside the hotel and then set off to visit the nearby Seattle Spheres and Olympic Sculpture Park. We'll stop at each destination to explore before riding back to the Sheraton Grand as a group. Electric bikes and helmets provided. Wear comfy clothes and shoes, and please be relatively comfortable biking in traffic (in bike lanes).

<Note participants must sign a waiver before the ride; BMLB will have printed copies, but if there is an opportunity to have folks e-sign documents in advance that would speed up the pre-ride process a bit.>

Member Price: $20
Non-Member Price: $30


This free workshop offers all ACT members currently in chapter and council leader positions hands-on training to take their leadership to the next level. After the three-hour workshop, attendees will come away with a better understanding of how they can plan for better chapter and council success. Attendees will learn details about ACT including the strategic plan; membership structure and recruitment; operational strategies; and review case studies related to chapter and council leader roles. Attendees will receive a $100 refund upon completion of the workshop.

This workshop is highly encouraged for those in current leadership positions, but those interested in future chapter and council leader positions are welcome to attend.

  • Elizabeth Denton(Speaker)Association for Commuter Transportation, Director of Membership


The TDM world has historically focused on the mobility of people who have the option to drive themselves to work. But in reality, a third of people in the United States can’t access the privilege of driving ourselves where we need to go. What if the secret to getting more people to choose not to commute alone came from tuning in and listening to what people who already can't drive recommend? Anna Zivarts and collaborators from Disability Rights Washington’s Disability Mobility Initiative will lead a discussion centering the expertise of “involuntary” nondrivers and what we would prioritize to reduce car-dependency and make our transportation systems and our communities work better for everyone. 

Anna Zivarts
Director, Disability Mobility Initiative
Disability Rights Washington

Anna Zivarts is a low-vision mom and nondriver who was born with the neurological condition nystagmus. Since launching the Disability Mobility Initiative (DMI) at Disability Rights Washington in 2020, Anna has worked to bring the voices of nondrivers to the planning and policy-making tables through organizing, research and policy campaigns led by nondrivers. Anna launched #WeekWithoutDriving in 2021 and is writing a book for Island Press about valuing the expertise of nondrivers. Anna serves on the board of the League of American Bicyclists and the National Safety Council’s Mobility Safety Advisory Group. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford University.  

Member Price: $45
Non-Member Price: $75


Tuesday, August 1st

Want to get outside Tuesday afternoon? Join representatives from SDOT to learn about the Bike and Scooter share programs in Seattle and get to take a ride on a bike or scooter around downtown protected bike lanes. Hear how the City manages the bike and scooter share vendors from permits to parking devices. Then we will explore downtown’s active transportation infrastructure from the seat of a shared bike or scooter.

Attendees will get to select their preference for a bike or scooter as we get closer to the tour. Helmets will be provided as well!

Member Price: $20
Non-Member Price: $30


Wednesday, August 2nd

End the ACT conference on an even higher note and join some of your fellow conference attendees at T-Mobile Park to watch the Seattle Mariners take on the Boston Red Sox! ACT will have a group of seats located in Section 333 / Row 4-7. Here is a virtual view from your seats. First pitch is at 1:10pm.

A group will depart around noon from the Sheraton Hotel to the Stadium. 

Member Price: $49
Non-Member Price: $65


More tours will be added by the end of the month!

Tour Cancellation Policy  

  • All cancellation/refund requests received by COB on Friday, June 30th will be fully refunded. All requests must be made in writing and submitted to for approval.
  • Any cancellation made after June 30, 2023 will receive a 50% refund.  All requests must be made in writing and submitted to for approval.
  • Any cancellation made after July 23, 2023 will not be refunded.