We are so thrilled to present our fantastic program for the Complete Streets Forum, TCAT’s 8th annual active transportation conference taking place at the University of Toronto on October 1, 2015. We offer registrants a unique opportunity to learn about and conceptualize research, best practices and creative solutions for designing and implementing streets that are safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. The Complete Streets Forum is the only conference of its kind in North America that enables industry professionals and community leaders to engage firsthand with leading edge thinkers on active transportation.
Photo credit: Dylan Passmore (l) and Marlena Rogowska (r)
This year’s Forum aims to share, inspire and motivate learning on the full life-cycle of developing a Complete Street: from idea, to policy, through to implementation and evaluation. Our speakers, hailing from across North America, and as far away as the Netherlands, will address one of the 2015 Complete Streets Forum’s themes: “Plan it,” “Build it” and “Ensuring They Will Come.” With 22 parallel breakout sessions, including 11 panel presentations, one set of pecha kuccha presentations, along with hands-on and active workshops, Complete Streets Forum 2015 is relevant to a wider group of professionals, students, and advocates than ever before.
The backbone of our Forum is our dynamic line-up of keynote speakers who are respected practitioners and thought leaders on new approaches to safety for vulnerable road users, breaking down planning silos, new engineering solutions and creative community engagement tools. Dr. Monica Campbell of Toronto Public Health will ground the day on why Complete Streets are Healthy Streets. Popular podcaster and president of Strong Towns, Charles Marohn, will give a lively talk on “Responding to Congestion with Complete Streets.” We also welcome Veronica O. Davis, one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), who asks the question “Who is All, And What Is Complete?” Finally, the closing keynote talk will be presented by Leah Shahum. Leah is the founder and director of Vision Zero Network, and she will address “Envisioning Safety for All Road Users,” one of the foremost issues facing planners and engineers today.
To kick off Complete Streets Forum 2015, we will be hosting a Public Lecture on September 30 by keynote speaker, Veronica O. Davis, who will present “Out of the mouths of babes: how a little girl started a revolution.” Her captivating story on how “BWB was formed in a perfect storm of racial tensions, a Mayoral race, and a journalist peddling the idea that bicycling was for white people only,” is open to the public in addition to Forum registrants. The Public Lecture will happen at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s intimate Cabaret space and will include a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and an excellent opportunity to mingle with leading Complete Streets developers and advocates.
Early bird pricing is in effect until September 11th. Register here.
The Complete Streets Forum is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors. Our 2015 Platinum Sponsors are the Metcalf Foundation and Toronto Public Health.