Meet Fionnuala


With decades of experience both as a civil engineer and as an advocate for better streets, Discover Traffic Gardens founder Fionnuala Quinn's vision is to enhance understanding about our built world and safety through traffic gardens. Her methods are to create unique child-centered design programs as well as facilitate the installation of temporary and permanent traffic garden facilities. She has worked with officials, non-profits and schools in creating and organizing workshops, events and new facilities. For several years, she has been involved in the design and installation of brand-new traffic gardens and pop-up traffic gardens and she is currently involved in a number of other traffic garden-related projects. She has conducted demonstration workshops at the local and national level. She has presented at regional, national and international conferences including Walk/Bike/Places, the National Bike Summit and Velo-City. She has been an invited presenter at University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, George Mason University and James Madison University and has key-noted a number of regional and state summits.

See us in action


  • Traffic gardens (state of the field, history, U.S. projects)

  • Pop-up traffic gardens + events

  • Engaging young people in street + transport design

  • Working with kids on built world concepts

  • The value of everyday built world design

  • Engaging community in big transport ideas

  • Children on foot + bicycle for independence





  • Bicyclists' Choice: Bicycling for All Award (2020), Washington Area Bicyclist Award (WABA)

  • Alliance Advocacy Award for Innovation (2011), Alliance for Biking and Walking (national award)

  • Regional Bicycle Advocacy Award (2011), Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)