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.

Ljubljana — Making space and movement about people and public life

July 6, 2017, 12 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was named the 2016 winner of European green capital for its efforts to create a green living room in its city centre and to turn wasteland into parkland and public space. This involved a complete reorientation of mobility towards walking, cycling and public transport and a powerful reinvention and rediscovery of public space. Learn more about this amazing urban transformation from Tjaša Ficko, the Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana. Moderated by Darren Davis of Auckland Council and SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Program.

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

July 17, 2017, 3 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

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.

Women and Gender in (Public) Transportation

July 27, 1 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Transportation infrastructure and services are often assumed to be "gender neutral," where projects and services are assumed to provide an equal benefit to men and women, and where there is no significant difference in travel patterns, modes of access or participation in project planning, design and maintenance. In fact, when transportation data is disagreggated by gender, what becomes visible is how transportation policies affect women and men differently. In this webinar, SFU's Tiffany Muller Myrdahl will explain the use of disaggregated data to highlight gendered transportation patterns and discuss how gendered experience shapes transit use. Most importantly, this webinar will focus on what transportation planners and decision-makers need to know to develop policies that improve equity in access and provision of services. Moderated by Tara Gallen of City of Vancouver and instructor in SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate.

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is senior lecturer in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Edmonton’s cycle journey — First backwards, then slow, now fast forward, a.k.a. If Edmonton can do it, anybody can. 

August 11, 1 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Two years ago Edmonton was ripping out on street cycle lanes. A year ago they were working on their first major on-road protected cycleways but at a glacially slow pace. In 2016, with community pressure from Paths for People and unanimous support from the Edmonton city council, they are implementing in one go a downtown cycle grid due for completion in August where the final product is the consultation material - to be tested out and if necessary modified in real time. Learn about this amazing culture change and how cycling infrastructure can be implemented at speed from Tyler Golly (Stantec), Conrad Nobert (Paths for People) and Olga Messinis (City of Edmonton). Moderated by Darren Davis of Auckland Council and instructor for SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate.

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

September 5, 11 am PDT
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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.

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