Transportation is more than just a hot conversation topic these days. It is an urgent issue that impacts the prosperity, health, and livability of the entire Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The challenges facing us are multifaceted, transcend municipal boundaries, and affect all of us, regardless of how we choose to get around – by car, bike, transit, or our own two feet. To confront these challenges head-on, the theme for this year's Complete Streets Forum is “Building Alliances.” The Forum brings together a diverse group of professionals, policy-makers, researchers, advocates, and thought-leaders from across the GTHA. It will be of particular interest to those in the transportation, public health, urban planning/design, public policy, and non-profit sectors.
The 2011 Complete Streets Forum will allow us to explore best practices, share ideas and success stories, and showcase research and technical solutions on how to better plan and design complete streets that will embrace and protect cyclists and pedestrians while accommodating all road users, including transit and cars.
We invite everyone who is working to improve our communities, cities, and urban landscape to join us in this important conversation. We all need to get around – we're all in this together. Please save the date, share the news, and stay tuned for more details!
Some of the world's foremost authorities on active transportation will be keynote speakers for the 2011 Complete Streets Forum. They are respected and accomplished leaders who have made great things happen in their communities for pedestrians and cyclists – and in doing so, helped make their cities healthy, livable, and vibrant.
Presented by Clean Air Partnership, co-sponsored by Cities Centre.
- Mia Birk is President of Alta Planning + Design, Principal at Alta Bicycle Share, and co-founder of Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. Formerly the Bicycle Program Manager for the City of Portland, she recently wrote a book titled Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.
- Michel Labrecque is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal. A former city councillor and radio/television commentator, Labrecque was involved in the creation of Maison des cyclistes, the Tour de l’Île de Montréal and La Route verte (4000 km of bikeways – the longest cycling route in the Americas) as President of Vélo Québec.
- Roelof Wittink is a specialist on traffic behaviour who has widely published on the topics of behavioural modifications, traffic education, attitudes on road behaviour, social marketing, and the benefits of cycling. One of the founders of I-CE, Wittink received the 2010 Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.