Active Transportation

2018 CITE Conference – Edmonton

Transportation professionals from all over Canada will be converging on Edmonton, Alberta June 3rd to 6th for the CITE Conference and Annual Meeting. This year the theme is “Fostering Community”, which will bring together the best and brightest from Canada’s transportation community. As described on the CITE website, “the program will reflect how transportation systems are developing towards a future of rapid technological advancement and a changing climate. Edmonton is home to Canada’s first connected vehicle test bed and a downtown cycle track network, which opened in summer 2017. These, as well as the newly opened Walterdale Bridge, Valley Line LRT Construction, and Mechanized River Valley Access, will prove to be great technical tours.”

This year we are very excited to say that we are the diamond sponsor for the event, we couldn’t be more excited. As the lead sponsor we’ll have a number of our own team professionals attending from across our Western Canadian network, leading a number of presentations and different events.

Here is a list of the presentation topics our different team members will be leading:

Walk CNV : Making Good Places for Walking Even Better

Monday, June 4, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Sarah Freigang – Transportation Planner, Urban Systems (Vancouver)
Daniel Watson – Transportation Planner, City of North Vancouver

Sarah Freigang
Walk CNV is a long-term plan for walking in the City of North Vancouver that provides a road map to increase opportunities for walking over the next 20 years and beyond. The plan includes a detailed implementation strategy that prioritizes pedestrian network improvements through a Geographic Information Systems based prioritization methodology. This presentation will provide an overview of the development of Walk CNV, outlining how a City already recognized as being quite walkable is finding new and innovate ways to enhance the walking environment and encourage walking for everyone.

The Northeast False Creek Project – From Viaducts to Great Streets

Monday, June 4, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Jayson Walker – Transportation Engineer and Partner, Urban Systems (Surrey)
Megan Pate, Engineer, City of Vancouver

Jayson Walker
The Northeast False Creek Project is an ambitious, once-in-a-generation opportunity for the City of Vancouver through the replacement of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts with a better connected at-grade street network. As a $360+ million infrastructure project, amongst $1.7B in total Community Benefits, its scale and complexity far exceeds a ‘business-as-usual’ approach for the City of Vancouver. From the outset of the project, the City has taken a square one approach to the road network and the opportunity to ‘do it right’ is significant. This presentation will provide an overview of the area, the project, the opportunities and challenges, and the unique elements and considerations employed to develop a new network of great streets.

School lead Tactical Urbanism and Public Engagement as part of Sustainable Transportation Projects

Tuesday, June 5, 8:30am – 10:00am
Shoni Madden – Sustainable Transportation Planner, Urban Systems (Winnipeg)

Shoni Madden
Did you know that only 1/3 Canadian children are walking to school today? Only 7% of Canadian children get the physical activity they need throughout the day, with most children spending 6-8 hrs daily in sedentary practices, contributing to childhood obesity and diabetes rates previously unseen. We are starting to see the health, economic, environmental, and social impacts of raising children that are struggling in these areas, and are working at Urban to change that.

As part of an innovative project in Winnipeg, Urban Systems worked to conduct School Travel Plans, and designs for protected bike lanes, and a neighbourhood greenway on several key corridors. Through this process, our team engaged with the community at large using a combination of tactical urbanism, and student engagement at the four schools through a unique collaborative street art project. This decision resulted in community engagement on a scale not previously witnessed in Winnipeg, and a sense of connection, ownership, and community throughout the project. This presentation will discuss the process behind these tactical urbanism projects, the success achieved in including the school community in public engagement.

Exploring how to Plan for the Technologial Revolution

Tuesday, June 5, 10:30am – 11:15am
Jeremy Finkleman, Transportation Planner, Urban Systems (Vancouver)
Nick Pryce, RPP, Director – Planning Group at V3 Companies

Jeremy Finkleman
We are at the outset of a transportation revolution that rivals the advent of the streetcar in the late 19th century and the introduction of the automobile and construction of highway and freeway infrastructures in the 20th century. Emerging Autonomous Vehicle technology, drones and e-commerce will have an impact on our transportation systems that will ultimately challenge our current thinking on land use planning. To better explore the implications of this changing reality, we will be conducting a dynamic workshop that invites professionals to grapple with some of these trends head-on.

Alberta Bicycle Facility Design Guide Workshop

Tuesday, June 5, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Brian Patterson – Active Transportation Planning Leader and Partner, Urban Systems (Vancouver)
Marcia Eng – Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems (Calgary)

Brian Patterson
Marcia Eng
Several jurisdictions across Alberta have recently come together to launch the development of a province-wide Alberta Bicycle Facility Design Guide. This session will present the draft Design Guide and will include small group discussions. This workshop will be relevant for participants from across Alberta, as well as others from elsewhere in the country looking to learn innovative and comprehensive best practices in the field of bicycle facility design.

New Mobility Possibilities – User’s Perspective

Tuesday, June 5, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Jeremy Finkleman – Transportation Planner, Urban Systems (Vancouver)
Chun Man – Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems (Calgary)

Transportation Planning in Small Communities – Lessons from TransPort Moody, Port Moody’s New Master Transportation Plan

Wednesday, June 6, 8:30am – 10:00am
Brian Patterson – Active Transportation Planning Leader and Partner, Urban Systems (Vancouver)
Mark Halpin – City of Port Moody

Brian Patterson
This session will provide an overview of TransPort Moody, the new Transportation Master Plan for the City of Port Moody. The session will provide a focus on sharing lessons as to how small communities can make bold changes to transition from auto-dependence towards sustainable forms transportation. The session will also detail the needs of smaller municipalities with limited staff and item potential procedural steps undertaken to develop a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan.

The State of Active Transportation In Canada: Canada’s First National Active Transportation Report Card

Wednesday, June 6, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Brian Patterson – Active Transportation Planning Leader, Urban Systems (Vancouver)
Shoni Madden – Sustainable Transportation Planner, Urban Systems (Winnipeg)

Brian Patterson
Shoni Madden
The purpose of this session is to present the findings of a National Active Transportation Report Card that is currently being developed with the support of Vélo Canada Bikes and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Report is being developed based on over 200 responses to a survey of municipalities across Canada. This session will summarize key observations and trends, as well as lessons learned for communities of all sizes on successes and challenges moving forward with active transportation.

Okanagan Rail Trail Project

Wednesday, June 6, 10:30am – 12:00pm
James Donnelly, Senior Transportation Engineer and Partner, Urban Systems (Kelowna)
Andrew Gibbs – Senior Project Manager, City of Kelowna

James Donnelly
This presentation provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges met in the development of the Okanagan Rail Trail project. These include:
• Establishing the vision for the corridor;
• Formation of the inter-jurisdictional partnerships for the purchase of the corridor;
• A referendum in the District of Lake Country to enable financial support for the purchase;
• Creation of a coordinated inter-jurisdictional communication and engagement plan; and
• The pursuit of community donations and government grant funding for the construction of the trail.

As the diamond sponsor our team will be hosting of the following Bike Tours
Monday June 4th South Side (S1) 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday June 5th Downtown (D1) 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Tuesday June 5th Downtown (D2) 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday June 5th South Side (S2) 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

For further detailed conference information you can view the program here,

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