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Vibrant Communities Speaker Series – A Tale of Two Modes in Two Cities – Auckland and Edmonton presented by Darren Davis, September 21

Darren Davis
Who: A presentation by Darren Davis, Principal Public Transport Planner at Auckland Transport
When: Monday September 21, 2015 – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (MDT). Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Where: Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton Alberta
Admission is free. Reserve a spot on Eventbrite here

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Auckland, New Zealand is of similar scale to Edmonton and has increased its population six-fold since the end of the Second World War, developing around a paradigm of motorways and suburban expansion at the periphery and continues to struggle with strong population growth, transportation system bottlenecks and housing (un)affordability challenges. The Auckland Plan aims to set the city more firmly in the direction of a multimodal future and a quality compact urban form and sets ambitious targets to increase sustainable mode share. This includes doubling of public transit ridership within 10 years and a major expansion of the cycling network. To respond to these targets, Auckland Transport is completely redesigning Auckland’s public transit network and is co-investing (in partnership with the New Zealand Government) $124 million over the next three years in 52 kilometres of separated cycleways, designed to quickly achieve critical mass in a minimum grid of safe, separated cycleways. The presentation will draw parallels between Edmonton and Auckland as both cities strive to move quickly towards a more sustainable future.

Darren Davis is a proudly car-free principal transport planner at Auckland Transport with 20 years’ plus experience in transportation in Auckland, starting out as a rabble-rousing public transit lobbyist and evolving into being a planner, strategist and consultant. He has produced high level strategic policy, successfully influenced regional and national government agencies, been involved on-the-ground in major transportation infrastructure such as the New Lynn Transit Oriented Development project, carried out public transport service design, led public transit communications and marketing, advised the rail electrification project and participated in town centre revitalization projects. Follow Darren on Twitter for his tweets about transportation and urbanism at @DarrenDavis10.

ITE logo-01We are excited to partner with the local ITE Section to have Darren speak at our final Vibrant Communities Speaker Series (VCSS) event of the year. Join us as Darren discusses public transportation topics in Edmonton.

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