|Organization: National Association Of City Transportation Officials- Global Designing Initiative|
|Bloomberg Philanthropies; UN Habitat|
Streets connect neighborhoods, provide access to the city, serve local economies, and host critical services. The way in which they are designed effects our quality of life, impacts the air we breathe, influences the economic vitality, and informs our mobility choices in each urban context. Streets pave the way for development patterns, transportation priorities, universal accessibility, and inclusivity of each citizen. In a time of increasing urbanization and outdated practices, Habitat III presents a crucial moment to introduce ‘The Global Street Design Guide’ a resource which aims to set a new baseline for urban street design that shifts the measure of success away from mobility of private vehicles, toward mobility and access for everyone, public health and safety, environmental and economic sustainability, livability, and equity. This event will discuss the multiple benefits of safe and sustainable street design, showcasing examples from various global contexts that are working to overcome common challenges. In this interactive networking session participants will work in a hands-on approach to apply global best practices to transform a given street example. Speakers will include Janette Sadik-Khan, Chair of NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative, Principal at Bloomberg Associates, ex- commissioner at NYCDOT and author of Street-fight; Clarisse Linke, Country Director at Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Brazil; Seth Schultz, Director of Research, Measurement & Planning from C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and Andrew Rudd, Urban Environment Officer at UN Habitat. Through this event, we hope to inspire leaders, inform practitioners and empower communities to change streets that change the world.