Next-Generation Transportation Webinar Series

Join us for our ongoing series of webinars led by international experts on a range of next-generation transportation and urban planning topics.

Check out our past webinars

Vancouver's Mobility Future: Automating Policy into Sustainable Results

Friday, August 24, 2018, 1–2:30 p.m. (PDT)
Free webinar, but reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite

Vancouver is committed to get 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. As the City prepares beyond the Transportation 2040 Plan, it is strategically transitioning to be ready for the full realm of automated, connected, electric, shared vehicles (ACES) while embracing road space reallocation to sustainable transportation modes, more rapid transit and a high speed rail to Seattle.  As a Smart City Challenge finalist within Canada, the City is preparing for the future of mobility through innovation and partnerships as it continues its journey to move more people by walking, cycling and transit while eliminating fatalities and serious injuries.

Speaker: Dale Bracewell is the Manager of Transportation Planning for the City of Vancouver (Canada). Dale and his team lead the citywide and community planning implementation of the Transportation 2040 Plan, the City’s long range transportation plan for all modes, including funding strategies and coordination with regional and provincial transportation plans and policies. With over 18 years of transportation planning and design experience, Dale is a professional engineer who has worked for both municipal and provincial governments as well as the private sector.  

The Business Case for Walking—Counting Walking to Make Walking Count in Auckland City Centre

Friday, August 3, 2018, 2–3:30 p.m. (PDT)
Free webinar, but reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite

It is generally taken for granted that we can measure current motor vehicle travel and predict (read, guestimate) future motor vehicle travel through computerized transport models, while the measurement of walking is often piecemeal and reactive. There are few serious attempts to systematically estimate future walking. In addition, things that we value—such as the quality of the public realm, places to sit and linger, and design for pedestrian safety and space—are rarely given a quantified value and hence, ironically, are often value-engineered out when budgets are tight.  

Auckland Council’s Business Case for Walking addressed these deficiencies by valuing the benefits of public realm improvements and increased space for pedestrians with the economic cost of delay to pedestrians and increased productivity, through reducing and eliminating barriers to improving walkability.  

Learn more about this award-winning and groundbreaking work from Darren Davis, Transport & Land Use Integration Programme Manager at Auckland Council and lead instructor for the Next Generation Transportation Certificate program at Simon Fraser University.

Speaker: Darren Davis, Transport & Land Use Integration Programme Manager, Auckland Council.

Darren works in the tricky nexus between land use, placemaking and movement. Put simply, there’s no point having place without movement to get there and no point having movement with no place to go. He has 25 years of experience in transport and land use, including roles as a lobbyist, planner, strategist, communicator and consultant. 

The Economic Value of Creating Walkable Places — Why It Makes Dollars and Sense

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1–2:30 p.m. (PDT)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite

While there has been much discussion on the health and social importance of creating universal walkable places, decision-makers want to know the bottom line. What are the economic outcomes of investment in the walkable public realm, and is creating walkable places the right thing to do from a resident, business and community perspective? This webinar with transportation specialist Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute explores the economics of investment in walkable infrastructure and communities, and will provide innovative and practical ways to communicate walkability benefits to politicians, decision-makers and the public.

Speaker: Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps to expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, to improve evaluation methods, and to make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.

Small Is Big: Jump-Starting Small-City Downtowns for the New Economy

Monday, November 20, 2017, 1 p.m. (PST)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

In this webinar, Michael von Hausen will examine some of the key ingredients necessary to revitalize the downtowns of small cities and towns for resilience and the new economy. Using his four building blocks and comprehensive downtown health assessment tool, Michael will provide strategies that move beyond “cosmetic” design fixes. Michael will first describe his approach and the results of his research. He will then use case studies and jump-start ideas to illustrate the potential advantages that small-city downtowns may have as proactive responders to emerging demographic demands and associated place-first priorities. The intent of the presentation is to provide a more multi-dimensional approach to future planning of downtowns, engage in an interactive dialogue, and provide insightful ideas for declining downtowns in small cities and towns across North America.

Michael von Hausen has recently published a new book on this topic, Small Is Big: The Rise of the Next Great Small to Mid-Sized Downtowns (2017). It provides a methodology and inspiration for realizing the untapped potential of small to mid-sized downtowns in the new economy.

Free Roaming and Walkability — Enhancing urban design, cities and spaces for wellness and well-being

October 23, 2017, 10 a.m. (PDT)
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Dr. William Bird is a renowned medical physician and urbanist who believes prevention and wellness should be practised at a city scale. Dr. Bird has always been fascinated with the connection between the health of humans and their environment. As a pioneer in leading innovative programs and practices, he has transformed millions of people’s lives around the globe through his work. He has been named among the top 100 who are making Great Britain a happier place and he is an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), awarded by the Queen for his work connecting health and physical activity. 

Dr. Bird has been exploring the disconnect between physical activity and urban design and is addressing the alarming increase of sedentary children and adults who no longer “roam” nature and their neighbourhoods as their parents did. This disconnect has produced significant impacts on the mental and physical health of children and adults, and he has been championing the importance of supportive urban design to reclaim health, well-being and social cohesion through enhanced walkability. In this webinar he will outline what cities and spaces need to do to heal urban design and ourselves, and outline his innovative intervention that has engaged nearly 40 per cent of city populations in sustaining walking as a way to be active and sociable, contributing to happier, healthier lives, cities and spaces.

Speaker: Dr. William Bird
Moderated by Sandy James, director, Walk Metro Vancouver

Selling Smart Growth — How to communicate the benefits of accessible and multi-modal locations

September 5, 2017

Households often make trade-offs between housing and transportation costs: they can choose a cheaper house at the urban fringe where transportation is expensive, or pay more for a home in a more accessible and multi-modal, “smart growth” neighbourhood where transport is cheaper. Urban fringe homes generally offer more space per dollar, and so appear to be better investments, but there are other economic factors to consider. By shifting household spending from transport to real estate, smart growth tends to increase household wealth. It increases mobility options for non-drivers, which increases their economic opportunities and reduces drivers’ chauffeuring burdens. Smart growth also tends to reduce residents’ traffic risks, and improves their fitness and health. It also increases real estate industry profits, local economic development and property tax revenues. This webinar discusses various benefits to residents, businesses and local communities from more compact, multi-modal neighbourhood design, and how to communicate those benefits to decision-makers and the general public. Speaker: Todd Litman, Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

Brisbane — Making transport land use integration more than just high-sounding words

July 17, 2017

Shaping South East Queensland is a process to integrate transport and land use into a single conversation about shaping the future of Australia’s fastest-growing region. Brisbane and South East Queensland are facing spectacular growth pressures but have discovered that the promise of motordom, in the form of numerous road tunnels, has been a rabbit hole and a chimera, not a panacea. There is a renewed focus on rapid transit, be it busways, heavy rail or light rail, as the structuring elements in a city-region that is developing a unique subtropical architectural and urban form vernacular specific to its place and context. Find out more about these exciting developments with Greg Vann, project director, Shaping South East Queensland, and a guest moderator in SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate. Moderated by Gordon Price, instructor for SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate.

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Next-Generation Transportation Certificate

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