Next-Generation Transportation Webinar Series

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

Beyond the Anglosphere — Perspectives from Montreal, Europe and Latin America

While much of the conversation about transportation and city-building takes place in English, many of the great innovations are happening in the non-English speaking world. Be part of the SFU Next-Generation Transportation webinar series and learn about interesting developments happening from Montréal to Medellín and across Europe—in English, of course!

Medellín — From pariah to poster child

March 10, 2017, 12 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Medellín was the murder capital of the world during the drug wars of the 1990s. Today it is regarded as a role model of inclusive urban development and it was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most innovative cities in the world. It is noted for its innovations in education, food, community building, urban design and transportation that support equity, liveability and quality of life for all. Medellín reconnected its citizens to the river by burying motorways and creating new public spaces and housing. The city also implemented a range of public transit innovations, such as cable-car gondolas, light rail, bus rapid transit systems and bike-sharing programs. In this webinar, you will also hear about the work done in the Comunas with public escalators, new libraries and other social infrastructure. Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, the former director of planning for Medellín, will share his insights on the city's transformation over the past 15 years.

Montréal — Cycling mecca or laurel rester?

March 17, 2017, 1 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

While most of North America was fixated on a vehicular cycling model of cyclists mixed with traffic, Montréal was looking to the great cycling cities of Europe for inspiration and developed a network of protected cycleways in the late 1980s. Abetted by a good bike-share system, a strong cycling advocacy community, and a commitment to keeping key cycleways open during sometimes brutal winters, Montréal has an unusually high bike mode share for North America and a much higher than usual rate of participation by women in cycling. But the question remains: As other cities, such as Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and now Edmonton up their game in cycling, is Montréal resting on its laurels? Bartek Komorowski of Vélo Québec brings us the low-down on cycling in Montréal.

Helsinki — Nordic innovations

March 25, 2017, 3 pm PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

The Finnish capital is one of the least dense cities in Europe but has managed to drop traffic into its core by 20%. It boasts a range of exciting transport innovations, including the Crown Bridges—a series of green bridges for walking, cycling and public transport only—and a planned conversion of urban expressways with a 80km/h speed limit into urban boulevards with a 40km/h speed environment. Finland puts paid to the excuse that density is an absolute prerequisite for great transportation and urban innovations. Risto Jounila of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff will tell us about a range of such innovations in Helsinki and other Finnish cities.

Stockholm — Vision Zero

April 12, 11 am PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

One of the paradoxes of transportation systems is that air, sea and rail sectors are characterized by a safety culture where accidents are rare and exhaustively investigated, and systemic improvements are made to avoid repetition, whereas road networks appear to have an inbuilt but never explicitly stated tolerance for an “acceptable” level of serious injury and death. Sweden was the first country to refute this paradigm with Vision Zero, whose concept is equally simple and powerful: That death and serious injury in the roading system is unacceptable and the transportation system should be designed to prevent it. As a result, Sweden now has the safest roads of any country on earth. Daniel Firth, the Chief Strategy Officer for Transport for the City of Stockholm, will present on how Stockholm is applying Vision Zero in a dense urban context.

Paris — Reclaiming the city for its people from its cars

April 19, 10 am PDT
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

The French capital is reinforcing its status as one of the world’s great cities by literally putting its best foot forward. Paris is reclaiming streets and public spaces for people, reconnecting the city to the River Seine, providing bike share on a large scale (including bike share for kids), giving priority to buses on surface streets, and developing an extensive light rail network in the suburbs and 200km of new rail, including a ring metro line with the Grand Paris Express project. Carlos Moreno, the mayor of Paris’s special envoy for smart cities, will share these and other innovative developments in Paris.

Vienna — Affordable and inclusive greatness

April 26, 2017 at 12 pm PDT   
Free webinar, but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

You would think that a city where barely over a quarter of all trips are made by car would be happy to rest on its laurels. Not so in Vienna, which wants to drop car mode share to 15% or less of all trips. Vienna now has more public transit-pass holders than registered cars—and a transit pass that costs just €1 per day. It has a proud tradition of extensive social housing for all strata of society, not just the most poor, which has helped keep the city affordable for all in the face of significant population growth. Vienna is developing dense mixed-use brownfields sites on its former railyards and its range of initiatives include gender mainstreaming to promote integration and inclusiveness. Learn about these and many other Vienna initiatives from Andreas Lindinger, a Vienna-based sustainability expert, urban thinker passionate about liveable cities and graduate of SFU's Next-Generation Transportation Certificate program.

Past webinars

Congestion and Challenge: How Cities Can Effectively Respond to Transportation Demands

May 16, 2016

Daniel Firth

From Hair-Raising to Family-Friendly: How Calgary Built its Cycle-Track Network

May 24, 2016

Ryan Martinson

The City is a Gym: How Vancouver Became a Healthier City Through the Design of its Transportation System

May 27, 2016

Gordon Price

BIKETORIA: How the City of Victoria Aims to Be One of the Best Small Cities in the World for Cycling

June 29, 2016

Brian Patterson, Jeremy Loveday, Edward Pullman, Jayne Bradbury

Another View on Urban Transportation: Scenes and Details, Policy and Action from Cities of Africa, Asia and Australia

July 7, 2016

Cole Hendrigan

From Spaces for Cars to Spaces for People: How Shared Space in Auckland Moves Us Towards People-oriented Spaces

July 12, 2016

Darren Davis

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