Gil Peñalosa & Connecting Communities

This is a guest post by Rob Zako, Executive Director of BEST (Better Eugene Springfield Transit), whose goal is educating the public about and advocating for a regional transit system that fosters prosperity, social equity, and a healthy natural environment.
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Did you miss international expert Gil Peñalosa yesterday at the “Connecting Communities” conference?

Watch a video of the full 3-hour event…
Watch Gil Peñalosa give a 15-minute TEDx talk

Gil is the executive director of the Toronto-based nonprofit 8-to-80 Cities. Their mission is simple and compelling: Everyone has a right to get around safely, quickly and conveniently. This includes 8-year-old children—maybe your own children or grandchildren—who are too young to drive; and people 80-year-old seniors—maybe you, if not now then in a few years—who have lost the ability to drive. If the young and old can get around, then everyone can get around. Making a community that works for everyone is democracy, it is equality, it is respect.

In particular, Gil says we need to design our cities for people who walk, as everyone starts and ends every trip walking, even if just to or from a bicycle rack, a bus stop, or a car parking lot. We need to design our cities for people who ride bicycles, as this is an inexpensive and clean mode of transportation that doesn’t take up too much space in our cities. We need to design our cities for people who ride the bus, as doing so uses finite road capacity more efficiently. And we need to design our cities for people who drive cars or trucks. We need to design our cities for everyone: walking, biking, riding the bus, and driving!
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LiveMove Speaker Series: Andy Clarke this Thursday

Movers and Shakers: Connecting People and Places
The 2010 – 2011 LiveMove Speaker Series proudly presents…
From Good to Great: Sustaining UO’s Leadership as a Bike Friendly University, with Andy Clarke
When:    Thursday, May 5th
Where:   University of Oregon Campus

The League of American Bicyclists honored the University of Oregon with a Silver-level Bike Friendly University award. The designation places UO in the top 20 bicycle friendly universities in the nation. Although UO scored well, much work remains for UO to compete with platinum-rated Stanford, a fellow Pac 10 school.

On Thursday, May 5th, Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, will visit Eugene to present UO with the silver award and inspire us to reach for platinum! We invite you to join us in a day of celebratory events:

12–1:00 pm        Bike Tour of Eugene, leave from UO bike program barn, 18th and University, entrance on 18th

3:15–4:00 pm      Award Celebration for Bike Friendly University Silver, Steps of Johnson Hall: Speeches by UO President Lariviere and Andy Clarke

5:30   pm             Social Hour, Lawrence 206

6:30   pm             Public Lecture by Andy Clarke, Lawrence 206
“From Good to Great: Sustaining UO’s Leadership as a Bike-Friendly University.  Clarke will speak about what the University of Oregon has done well for bicycling, what needs improvement, and the power of students and universities to promote bicycling in cities.

Next Week’s LiveMove Speaker Series: Gabe Klein

via Cortney Mild, LiveMove Speaker Series Coordinator:

Please join the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) in welcoming our 2011 Expert in Residence, Gabe Klein!

Transportation expert Gabe Klein will be visiting Oregon from April 6 – 8.  As former Director of Washington DC’s Department of Transportation, Co-Founder of On-the-Fly, and former Regional VP of ZipCar, Klein is here to engage with students, faculty, and local agencies about his innovative work on transportation-related issues.

On Wednesday, April 6th Gabe Klein will be presenting a public lecture about the future of urban transportation and quality of life in America.  85% of US citizens live in urban metropolitan areas, and people are rapidly moving back to the urban cores.  What were once suburbs are now looking more like small cities or urban villages themselves. Given the inevitable demographic and geographic population shifts over the next 30 years, what is transportation going to look like in 2020? 2030?  How will we manage the change?  Klein will talk about macro and micro policy and market trends, such as access vs. ownership, the commoditization of transportation, land use, bicycle/pedestrian shifts, and technology affecting consumer choice.

You are invited to participate in all of the following activities with Gabe Klein on Wednesday, April 6th:

Bike Tour of Eugene:
8:30am – 10am  (we’re leaving at 8:30, so please arrive a few minutes early!)
Meet at the Outdoor Program Barn, 18th and University (access off of 18th)

Public Lecture on the Future of Transportation:
5:30pm Social Hour, 6:30pm Lecture
Oregon Electric Station, 27 E. 5th Avenue, Eugene

For more information visit http://sci.uoregon.edu/klein