Thursday, October 18, 2018
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT
San Jose, CA, United States
PedsCount is California Walks’ biennial pedestrian advocacy summit. We are hosting 1.5 days of workshops and panel presentations about the policies programs and people shaping walkability in California. This year’s lens is “Past, Present and Future”. Our audience will include planners, advocates, academics, community organizers, agency staff and city leaders who are committed to creating walkable, vibrant, safe and inclusive communities.
History of California Cities:
Planners and advocates make many assumptions in their understanding of the clockwork rules of creating inclusive, sustainable cities from scratch—however, we never start from scratch. Every generation inherits the conflicts, vulnerabilities, and resiliencies of the last. Without understanding that history—from colonialism to redlining, to suburbanization and urban renewal, what chance do we have to create processes and solutions that include the needs and voices of everyone?
Here and Now
Building Thoughtful Coalitions for Complex Challenges: In a time of crises of many scales, from acute to generational, change leaders can struggle to balance competing priorities and funding mandates. But our housing, growth, social justice and transportation challenges don’t exist in a vacuum. They have complex links and policies and actions can have reverberant unintended consequences. Our panelists will consider how coalitions can best advance a just, inclusive transportation movement.
Is “NIMBY vs YIMBY” a useful lens for advancing equity in the built environment? How can advocates for walking & rolling, social justice, and sustainable development align our goals and strategies more effectively? Are there inherent conflicts to planning for short term stability and long term sustainability, and how should that conflict inform our approach?
New and emerging technologies—from autonomous vehicles (AVs) to on-demand ride-hail services and electric-assist bikes and scooters—are changing the way we move and plan for movement at a breakneck pace and transforming neighborhoods in the process. Instead of asking whether technology is good or bad, let’s ask: what mobility challenges are we prioritizing and how can communities, cities, and innovators work towards a tech culture that puts health, safety, and inclusion first?
Jaime Fearer, firstname.lastname@example.org