About this webinar

About this event

Cities across the globe are implementing low-cost, flexible transportation solutions to address emerging needs from the pandemic. These solutions have been marketed as “active” or “slow” streets—to enable those sheltered in place to recreate safely.

As we slowly return to work, cities will need to creatively think about getting more people to and from work on limited street space and with lower transit capacity.

Come hear from Mike Lydon, author of Tactical Urbanism, Emiko Atherton, Vice President for Thriving Communities at Smart Growth America, and Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Inter Agency Relations for the Mayor's Office of Oakland speak about what they are seeing across the globe and in their cities, and the emerging needs in the road to recovery. These speakers will talk about quick build’s role in this recovery, how to get the funding you need to get projects underway, and lessons learned from implementation and how to make projects permanent.

What to expect

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Tactical urbanism typologies and best practices - Mike Lydon has studied over 200 different city tactical urbanism interventions during COVID and will share the basic typologies with us, as well as typologies that he anticipates will be useful in the year(s) ahead.

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Funding for making projects permanent - Emiko Atherton is the VP of Thriving Communities at Smart Growth America will talk about potential funding sources that can help take these projects from temporary to permanent.

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Lessons from rapid implementation- Oakland opened up 74 miles of slow streets overnight—Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations will share lessons learned and insights from working on iterative projects in the built environment.


Emiko Atherton

Vice President of Thriving Communities at Smart Growth America

Emiko Atherton is the Vice President for Thriving Communities and Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. As Vice President of Thriving Communities, Emiko oversees SGA’s public health, community-driven engagement, placemaking and rural communities work. In her role as Director of the Coalition, Emiko oversees the program’s overall strategy, federal advocacy, communications, research, and technical assistance programs. She has used her expertise in transportation policy, public health, land use, economic development, and legislation to consult with communities across the United States on how to create better transportation networks. Emiko is an international voice on Complete Streets and has spoken to audiences across the country about the value this approach.

Mike Lydon

Principal at StreetPlans and author of Tactical Urbanism

Mike Lydon is a founding Principal of Street Plans and leads the firm’s New York City office. Mike is the creator of the The Open Streets Project and the globally acclaimed series of digital publications, Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 1 – 5. With Andres Duany and Jeff Speck, Mike is the co-author of The Smart Growth Manual (McGraw Hill, 2009), and alongside Tony Garcia is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and the co-author of Tactical Urbanism (Island Press, 2015), named by Planetizen as one of the top planning books of the past decade. Mike was also named by Planetizen as one of the 100 most influential urbanists. Most recently, Mike co-authored NACTO's Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery, an emerging best practice guide that aims to assist cities manage the myriad of challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic

Warren Logan

Policy Director of Mobility and Inter Agency Relations for the Mayor's Office of Oakland

Warren Logan serves as the Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations for the Mayor’s Office of Oakland. Warren works closely with the City’s Department of Transportation, Public Works Department and other Bay Area public agencies to develop strategies that advance the city’s vision for safe and sustainable transportation for everyone. Warren received his Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning and his B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental Colleg

Rachel Zack

Director of Policy at Remix

Rachel Zack is the Director of Policy at Remix. Her passion for empowering planners with access to insights for better decision-making stem from her many years of advising on cutting edge transportation problems, such as TNC regulation (Uber and Lyft), road usage pricing, congestion pricing, express lanes, and planning for autonomous vehicles. Before joining Remix, Rachel launched the Innovative Mobility arm of WSP where she led alternative transportation programs around the Bay Area and advised city and state agencies on strategic planning for new mobility. Her work in the field received the Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Award in WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.