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Designing Women

Two ITE leaders share more about their experience implementing road design principles, their
passion for safety, and the value of professional development in their careers.

Lindsey Van Parys,
P.E., QSD/P (M)
Project Manager, GHD
Education
Bachelor's of Science, Civil Engineering,
California State University
Bachelor's of Science, Health Science and
Spanish, California State University
ITE Involvement
Roundabout Standing Committee, Co-Chair
Incoming Coordinating Council
Co-Vice Chair, 2021
Professional Affiliations
Transportation Research Board: Standing
Committee on Roundabouts
American Society of Civil Engineers
Women's Transportation Seminar
Young Professionals in Transportation
Fun Fact
Lindsey loves to travel and explore
the world and is a yoga enthusiast!
Each year, she tries to explore one
new place in the United States
and one outside of the country,
doing yoga all along the way.

ITEJ: You've managed several projects from conception to construction. What are some
of the key elements to successfully implementing transportation projects?
VAN PARYS: In my experience, the people make all the difference. Having the expertise and
experience in navigating the type of project being implemented is invaluable. Having a team
that is adept, agile, innovative, and that you enjoy working with, is the key to taking projects
from crayon through to concrete. Specifically, two key elements to successfully implementing transportation projects are earning community support and a proactive mindset in all
aspects of delivering the project. Being proactive allows you identify, plan for, and be one
step ahead of potential risks. As for the community support, even on challenging projects,
providing opportunities for the community to be heard can go a long way in the success of
the project. Additionally, understanding and leveraging opportunities, as well as challenges,
is a vital component to help ensure the success of the project.
ITEJ: What types of innovations are you seeing in the realm of roundabouts and
roadway design that excite you?
VAN PARYS: According to the World Health Organization, more than one million people
die on roads globally, and more than 20 million (yes, 20 million) are injured. This is
unacceptable and avoidable. The innovations that excite me the most are the ones meant to
save lives and help us get closer to our global safety goals. Advancements that help identify
the root causes of systematic safety issues will help us make fundamental changes in how
we plan, design, and implement our transportation networks. This is why I am so passionate
about roundabouts! The documented safety benefits of roundabouts make them a fantastic
tool in the safety toolbox. Roundabout developments that excite me the most are when
they are used to retrofit an existing roadway corridor to repurpose travel lanes into other
uses, such as active transportation or water quality. How can roundabout corridors help
to repurpose roadways? When used in a series, roundabouts can improve traffic flow to
the point where a four-lane signalized corridor can be converted to a two-lane roundabout
corridor while meeting the same levels of service. This opens up one travel lane in each
direction to be repurposed for other uses. Ultimately, what excites me most is seeing a
design in motion that meets or exceeds all safety predictions, saves lives, and improves the
community and quality of life for all users.

Lindsey "on top of the world" at Rangitoto Island, New Zealand, practicing yoga.
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