What a Summit!
From a surprise introduction by Congressman Earl Blumenauer to raising a glass at Pecha Kucha and the great in-depth sessions on day three, we loved this year’s Oregon Active Transportation Summit. The Street Trust is grateful for everyone who contributed and attended this year! Your commitment and participation are critical to providing better transportation choices for everyone in our communities.
We were honored to be joined by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Foxx shared his experience growing up in a segregated Charlotte, North Carolina, where it was the bus that connected him to opportunity. Now the Chief Policy Officer for Lyft, Foxx shared his aspirations and concerns for how the new mobility will improve our communities.
He said the nation is still reckoning with its decades of freeway building and its effects on minorities and low-income communities. He also gave specific examples of how US DOT took on racial impacts of transportation decisions, such as challenging Alabama’s decision to close DMV offices in Black communities while at the same time imposing requirements for official identification in order to vote. (L-R) Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, joined by Jillian Detweiler, Executive Director of The Street Trust
Charles T. Brown, Senior Researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, addressed the lunchtime plenary. Brown, too, shared part of his life story growing up in a small rural community in the South and then moving to New Jersey as an adult where racism was no less present, even though it dressed in a suit rather than a KKK robe. (L-R) Charles T. Brown, Senior Researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, joined by Judge Kemp, Programs and Events Director.
Brown told the audience Portland’s bike share program is the most equitable he has studied. Nevertheless, he conducted a focus group in Portland and was stunned when a young woman wearing hijab said she would rather have a gun to her head than ride a bike in Portland. His remarks pulled back a curtain on the experience of people of color in public space that is not always known or considered by a majority white population. He also offered concrete guidance for how we can make progress on a diverse, inclusive and equitable transportation system. Check out his Walking Toward Justice webinar series in partnership with America Walks.
In addition to national star power, Oregon’s transportation talent burned bright in session after session. Many presenters addressed how they ensure diverse and inclusive programming. We learned about intersections of active transportation with public health, communications, street design, and safety. We looked north to Seattle for transit inspiration and south to Corvallis and Eugene for Safe Routes to School insight. Thank you to all of the panel organizers and panelists who gave their time and expertise at the Summit.
Many of you joined us Thursday night for Pecha Kucha and conviviality. Thanks to the entertaining Pecha Kucha presenters.
The Street Trust is counting on you to take the lessons you learned at this year’s summit and apply them to making walking, biking and public transportation safe and convenient for everyone. The efforts of the more than 320 people who attended the Summit can make a huge impact on Oregon’s transportation choices. We hope you will take at least one thing you learned and commit to an action that improves the work that you do.
Sponsors make the Summit possible. Thank you to our sponsors!
An alarming number of pedestrians and cyclists have been killed this year. The most important outcome we can achieve through this active transportation movement is ending traffic deaths. We encourage you to review your notes from the 2018 Summit featuring Vision Zero Network founder Leah Shahum or check out the excellent resources on the Vision Zero Network website.
We hope to see you again next year at the Active Transportation Summit!
Continuing Education Credits: A number of breakout sessions were eligible for professional development credits, and check-in sheets were distributed in such sessions. To track those credits, To claim AICP credit,
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Photos: You can find more photos from the Summit on our Flickr album.