Active Transportation

Livable Cities Forum – October 28-30, Victoria, BC

The Livable Cities Forum: Building Better Communities through Resilience
will take place October 28-30, 2019 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

The eighth annual Livable Cities Forum is being hosted by the City of Victoria and is defined as “a boutique event widely known for its high-caliber interactive sessions and diverse speakers on climate change action.”

The three themes of this year’s forum are:

  • Exploring the Climate Change and Health Nexus
  • The Role of Infrastructure in Building Better Neighbourhoods
  • Advancing Low Carbon Resilience for more Livable Communities

We will have a number of our professionals attending the Forum. Jody Rechenmacher, a Community Infrastructure Consultant who works from our Vancouver office, will be facilitating a session titled, “Infrastructure for the People”. Jody will also be speaking at a session titled, “Livable Cities Require Resilient Infrastructure and Resilient People”. Active Transportation Lead Brian Patterson will give a talk titled, “Active Transportation for a Better World” on the Tuesday of the forum. For more information about these sessions please read below.

Infrastructure for the People

When: Monday, October 28th, 10:30 am to 12:00pm
Jody Rechenmacher, Community Infrastructure Consultant, Urban Systems Ltd. and Urban Matters CCC Vancouver
Lisa Butler, P.Eng., Manager of Engineering Strategy, City of Courtenay
Lory Oberst, Director of Operations, Skwah First Nation
David Blain, M.A.SC., MBA, P.Eng., Director of Planning and Engineering, City of Chilliwack

Session Objectives
Our infrastructure provides critical core services like clean drinking water, flood protec-tion, and transportation – but what else could it do for us? Is there an opportunity to achieve other benefits without significantly increasing costs? This session will have participants explore the ways in which investments in infrastructure systems can be lever-aged to achieve benefits beyond the traditional services these systems have typically been designed for. Speakers will provide examples of real-world applications, success-es, and challenges. Participants will contribute to an interactive discussion designed to uncover further examples and identify new opportunities in their own communities.

Livable Cities Require Resilient Infrastructure and Resilient People

When: Monday, October 28th, 3:30pm to 5pm
Jody Rechenmacher, Community Infrastructure Consultant, Urban Systems Ltd. and Urban Matters CCC
Peter Nimmrichter, Climate, Resilience and Sustainability Lead for Canada
Reem Tanta, Socio-Economics Lead, Wood PLC

Session Objectives
Our city infrastructure is inextricably linked to the well-being of residents and the economy. Too often however, as we are planning for and designing new infrastructure systems we do not apply a resilience lens to these decisions, instead looking solely at the physical problem the infrastructure is meant to solve – moving people from A to B, or diverting water more efficiently. This session will apply a resilience lens to infrastructure planning and highlight three innovative approaches that put people first by highlighting the human and social benefits of infrastructure as well as the value of human and social assets in municipal service delivery.

Jody’s Bio

Jody Rechenmacher, Community Infrastructure Consultant
Jody works with local governments and First Nations to lead and facilitate the development of inte-grated and service focused strategy, planning, and management programs that span all types of community infrastructure. Her expertise is in navigating complex problems that require both a tech-nical and a social lens, using processes for co-developing effective and practical solutions. She has recently applied this expertise in developing joint service delivery agreements; regional infrastructure strategy development; Integrative Design Process facilitation; asset management; infrastructure risk assessment and management; financial analysis; and strategic communication and engagement. Jody is a Professional Engineer and is a certified Envision Sustainability Professional. Jody is also a di-rector on the board of Urban Matters Community Contribution Company.

Active Transportation for a Better World

When: Tuesday, October 29th, 9:45am to 11am
Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Specialist, Urban Systems Ltd. Vancouver
Jesse Skulmoski, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Active Transportation Grants, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Session Objectives
How we move matters, whether we walk, ride or roll. The built environment has a profound impact on shaping how active and healthy we are as individuals, and how livable, sustainable, and resilient we are as communities. As part of the Province of British Columbia’s CleanBC plan to build a better future, the BC Active Transportation Design Guide was released along with Move Commute Connect – BC’s Active Transportation Strategy to help transform how we get around in a way that preserves dignity, reduces pollution, and leads to better health outcomes, while making communities cleaner and more livable. The Design Guide responds to the increasingly important role that active transportation infrastructure is playing to improve public safety and reduce automobile dependency.

Brian’s Bio

Brian receiving his recent 2019 APBP Private Sector Professional of the Year award
Brian is a Principal and Senior Planner with Urban Systems in Vancouver. Brian has 15 years experience and specializes in multi-modal transportation planning, active transportation and road safety. Brian leads Urban Systems’ Active Transportation practice across Canada, and was recently named the 2019 Professional of the Year (Private Sector) by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Brian has led the development of over 80 transportation plans, designs, and studies across Canada, including the recently released British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide.

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