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Shifting Gears II

Lectures on transportation, health and the built environment

Free admission, reservations required: call 778-782-5100 or email

Active Transportation in Copenhagen

February 25, 7 pm

Niels Tørsløv, Traffic Director of Copenhagen

Only in Copenhagen would the Traffic Director be educated as a landscape architect. Of course, in Copenhagen, “traffic” means bicycles as much as automobiles. Niels Tørsløv show how they plan and build for children in order to encourage an active city, and how their transport policy focuses on cycling, climate change, health and urban liveability.

Venue: SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre building Reservations required: Call 778-782-5100 or email

Active Transportation in New York City

March 16, 7 pm

Janette Sadik-Khan, Traffic Commissioner of New York City Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation since April 2007, has taken on the challenge of making New York City more pedestrian, bicycle and transit friendly while emphasizing public space and livable streets—including traffic-separated cycle tracks, bus-priority streets, pedestrian plazas, and the phenomenally successful “Summer Streets” which opened seven miles of Park Avenue to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. An avid cyclist, Janette frequently commutes to work by bike.

Venue: SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre building Reservations required: Call 778-782-5100 or email

Active Transportation in Portland

April 24, 7 pm

Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland

As the newly elected Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams represents a city that encourages physical activity, especially for transportation. In other words: a walking and bike friendly city, well served by transit, that also addresses issues such as climate change and peak oil. As a Cascadian neighbour, he can explain Portland’s special culture, what they’re planning and what lessons we can learn from what they’re doing, and would do differently.

Venue: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver Reservations required: Call 778-782-5100 or email

Lectures are sponsored by the Bombardier Foundation and the Active Transport Lab at the University of British Columbia and BC Recreation and Parks Association.

Program partner: Simon Fraser University City Program.

More lectures are planned for Shifting Gears II! Stay tuned

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Note: owing to prior commitments I will not be able to attend and blog the February 25th lecture

Written by Stephen Rees

February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Transportation