Towards Carfree Cities VIII - Portland - Programme

Portland 2008 - Programme - Presentations 

Rethinking Mobility, Rediscovering Proximity.

This year’s Towards Carfree Cities conference theme is intended to promote discussion of urban livability, mixed-use development, local agriculture, pedestrianization, strong neighborhoods, accessible public space, and sustainable transportation. The conference program unites diverse interests, from city planners to developers to environmental activists to transportation service providers, around the common goal of reducing communities’ dependence on automobiles.

This year marks the conference’s first time in North America, and provides an opportunity to bring the carfree movement fully into the mainstream on this continent. Portland, which has been named the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States, is increasingly serving as a national model for sustainable transportation, planning, and development practices.


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Monday, June 16: Depaving Day
Location: 3120 N Williams, at the corner of N Williams and NE Fargo, next to the Waypost Cafe
The Depaving Day is co-hosted by the group Depave

  • 10:00 - 4:00 Depaving activity and conference registration
  • 10:30 Introduction and welcome
  • 10:45 Pavement-breaking

Attendees of the opening day of Towards Carfree Cities VIII are invited to participate in this exciting community event. The Fargo Gardens project will transform a 3000 square foot asphalt parking lot into a community greenspace with vegetables, fruit trees, native plants, and sitting areas. Removal of the parking lot will reduce pollution, and provide land for bird and butterfly habitat, gardens, native vegetation and beauty in an urban neighborhood. The completed site will be used to educate the public about pavement removal and storm water drainage management

Help break and carry asphalt, or feel free to sit back and enjoy the street fair, including interactive chalk art projects, street games, and music by:

  • Andy Combs
  • The Tony Green Orchestra
  • Eliza Jayne
  • DJ Ghost Dad

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Tuesday, June 17: Public Day
Daytime Location: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway
Ballroom 9:00 - 4:30 Registration and marketplace
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
Room 1 8:15 - 8:45 Yoga
9:00 - 10:30
Room 1: Presentations 9:00 - 9:45 - Carfree Family Stories - We’re Not Supermen: How Mild Mannered People Demotorize Metropolis

9:45 - 10:30 The Transportation Liberation Roadshow: How to Save Money, Save Your Sanity, and Save the Planet by Not Driving

  • Obbie and RoZ, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Room 2: Panel
The Mount Hood Freeway: Portland’s Road Not Taken Moderator: Amy Ruiz, Portland Mercury

  • Val Ballestrem, MA candidate — History, Portland State University
  • Richard N. Ross, Urban and Regional Planner, Portland
Room 3: Workshop Street Conversion Design Workshop
Randall Ghent, World Carfree Network, York, England
10:45 - 12:15
Room 1: Workshop/Discussion
Towards Carfree Families: Transportation Solutions for Families in a Car-Oriented World Moderator: Angela Koch, Director, Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Portland

Room 2: Panel
The Columbia River Crossing: Moving Into the Future Moderator: Amy Ruiz, Portland Mercury

Room 3: Workshop
Street Conversion Design

Mobile workshops:
All mobile workshops leave from the hallway outside the Ballroom, except for bicycle tours, which leave from the corner of SW Park and Montgomery just outside the Smith Center. All Tuesday workshops are free. Sign up in advance at the conference information table.

  • 9:00 - 10:30 Discover Portland’s Streetcar and Aerial Tram - Julie Gustafson, Portland Streetcar, Inc. Maximum participants: 20
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Downtown Bus Mall Construction walking tour, Dee Ann Sandberg, TriMet. Maximum participants: 25
  • 9:00 - 12:00 Downtown Walking Tour - John Andersen, Walking tour (under 2 miles). Maximum participants: 15
  • 9:00 - 12:00 Dead Freeways Bicycle Tour, Shawn Granton, Urban Adventure League Bicycle tour, 10 miles. No maximum.
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Transit Oriented Development light rail tour, Clay Thompson, TriMet. Maximum participants: 25
12:30 - 1:15
Room 1: Lunch Presentation The Village Lives: The City Repair Project Story - Jenny Lies, City Repair Project
1:30 - 2:00
Ballroom Welcome from the conference organizers, and introduction by Mia Birk, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2:00 - 2:30
Ballroom Keynote Speaker Andy Clarke, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists
2:30 - 3:15 pm
Ballroom Featured Keynote speaker Gil Penalosa, Executive Director, Walk and Bike For Life
3:15 - 4:00 pm
Ballroom Question and comment period with Gil Penalosa
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Carfree Cities International Art Show - Opening reception
Location: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th AveFeaturing:

  • An enormous installation of carfree mail-art & postcards from around the world in celebration of this conference
  • Laura Garzon’s “The Real Deal: Retro/spectives on the Automobile”, a collage series confronting consumers with the ultimate effects of excessive auto use
  • The world-renowned cartoons of Andy Singer
  • The comic art of Roberta and Ken Avidor
  • Live music by Reptet
  • Interactive art by artists Ashley Montague and Tiago DeJerk
  • Pedal-powered refreshments in the parking spaces.
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Performance by the Sprockettes, Portland’s own mini-bike dance troupe
Location: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

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Wednesday, June 18
Location: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union
Ballroom 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and announcements
Room 1 8:15 - 8:45 Yoga
9:00 - 10:30
Room 1: Panel How Online Information Can Encourage and Improve Carfree Mobility
Moderator: Joe Hughes, Software Engineer, Google

  • Joe Hughes, Software Engineer, Google
  • David Emory, transportation planner and carfree activist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Michael Smith, Director of Engineering, Nextbus.com
  • Bibiana McHugh, IT Manager for GIS and Location Based Services, TriMet, Portland
Room 2: Panel Pedicabs: Urban Tri-cycles Changing the World

Room 3: Presentations

Getting our Planning Priorities Straight

Room 4: Presentations
Social Equity and Environmental Justice

  • Transportation Equity in the Portland Metropolitan Area: The Regional Equity Atlas – Jill Fuglister, Coalition for a Livable Future, Portland
  • Riding with Cars: Sense Experience and Environmental Justice - Denver Nixon, University of Western Ontario
Room 5: Presentations
Taking Back the Streets and Activating Communities

  • Streets are for People! - Michael Louis Johnson and Shamez Amlani, Toronto
  • The Pedal and the Zucchini: Creating Sustainability and Rebuilding Community in the Plateau Mont Royal - Riley Starr, Montreal
  • Civil Disobedience as a Tool for Carfree Access - Micah Posner, People Power, Santa Cruz, California
10:45 - 12:15
Room 1: Panel Street Fight! Lessons From the NYC Livable Streets Movement

Room 2: Panel The Business of Advocacy: How and Why Businesses Advocate for Sustainable Transportation
Moderator: Barb Grover, Community Relations Manager, Bike Gallery, Portland

Room 3: Presentations
Transportation Demand Management in a University Setting

Cycling in the City: Mobility Management in Sydney, Australia

Room 4: Panel Why Carfree Cities Are Safer
Moderator: Greg Raisman, Traffic Safety Specialist, Portland Office of Transportation

Room 5: Presentation Introduction to Global Freight Transportation

12:30 - 2:00
Ballroom: Lunch Plenary
  • CO2 Reduction through Better Urban Design – Rex Burkholder, Metro Councilor, Portland
Room 1
2:15 - 3:45
Room 1: Presentation
The Vancouver Experience:

  • Gordon Price, Director, City Program, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Room 2: Panel Encouraging Sustainable Transportation Behavior Moderator: Margaret Mahan, Executive Director, BEST, Vancouver, Canada

Room 3: Panel Transportation Impact Analysis 101: Why Developers Don’t Care About Carfree Concepts
Moderator: Peter Koonce, Kittelson and Associates Inc

  • Today’s Transportation Impact Analyses: How We Study Traffic to Address Neighborhood/City Concerns - Jamie Parks, Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Portland
  • A Progessive Look at Transportation Impact Studies - Kurt Krueger, Development Review Manager, City of Portland
  • Encouraging Carfree Development - Dan Bower, Transportation Options, City of Portland
Room 4: Presentations Visioning New Transportation Systems

  • Trolleys for people and cargo: oil-free strategies for carfree conversion - Jason Meggs, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • Second Generation Carsharing - Chris Bradshaw, Vrtucar, Ottawa, Canada
  • The Willamette Foot Ferry - Capt. Peter Wilcox, Portland
Room 5: Presentations Bicycles in the Community

  • Bike farm: Overview of a Community-Run Bike Shop - Ariel Raymon and Becca Dillon, Bike Farm, Portland
  • Bill Burton, Arcata Library Bike Program, Arcata, California
  • Bike Safety Activism 101: The story of Get Lit and Protect Your World - Jeff Bernards, Protect Your World, Portland
4:00 - 5:30
Room 1: Panel Life After the Freeway - Case Studies in Alternative Uses of Urban Space
Moderator: Jason Henderson, Assistant Professor of Geography, San Francisco State University

  • Milwaukee’s Freeway Revolt - Andrea Broaddus, Nelson/Nygaard, Portland
  • Rebuilding Communities After the Fall of the Central Freeway - Jason Henderson, Assistant Professor of Geography, San Francisco State University
  • Transforming the Waterfront: Turning the Harbor Drive Freeway into Tom McCall Waterfront Park - Ernie Munch, City of Portland
Room 2: Presentation Public Bicycle Systems in the North American Context

  • Andrew Curran and Gavin Davidson, TransLink, Vancouver, BC
Room 3: Panel Advocating for Carfree Development

Room 4: Panel and Presentation Mobility and Ability: Making Transportation Accessible to Everyone

Room 5: Workshop Do it for Fun: Bike Dance, Celebratory Activism, and the DIY Community. Presentation Followed by an Interactive Workshop

  • Keltie Craig, Leanne Kavanaugh, Red Sara Ross, Jen Harvey, B:C:Clettes, Vancouver, Canada
  • Shannon Palermo, Sprockettes, Portland
Mobile Workshops:
Wednesday’s mobile workshops are free of charge. Participation is limited unless otherwise noted. Sign up in advance at the conference information table. All workshops leave from the hallway outside the ballroom.

  • 9:00 - 12:00 Around the Block: An Urban Hike - Scott Wayne Indiana. Walking tour. 5 miles within 1 city block. Snacks and water recommended. No maximum participation
  • 2:00 - 5:00 Architectural Ornamentation: A walking tour of the scale and pace of car culture and its effects on the built environment, Derek Chisholm, Portland. 2 miles. Maximum participants: 15
  • 5:30 - 7 Sustainable Development Tour: Ride the Streetcar north for a tour of the Pearl Urban Renewal District. Maximum participants: 20
8:30 - 11:00 PM
Movie nightLocation: Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, 721 NW 9th Ave.Movie night is generously hosted by Hoyt Street Properties and Ecotrust.This event will feature a screening of several short films on topics of place, mobility, and community. Tonight’s films include homemade submissions from activists the world over, as well as professionally produced films being screened at festivals and on TV.Film is a powerful medium for education and for inspiration. The tools of film making such as digital cameras, and editing software have become widely available and affordable. Now more than ever, people are able to share their stories, local experiences, and advocacy through visual media and online platforms like blogs and YouTube. Join us and see how. Refreshments provided.The venue features a green roof and is the first historic restoration in the country to earn a gold-level LEED certification.

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Thursday, June 19
Location: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union
Ballroom 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and announcements
Room 1 8:15 - 8:45 Yoga
9:00 - 10:30
Room 1: Presentation
Streets as Places: Building Better Communities Through Transportation

Room 2: Presentation Catalysts for Change: Regional Programs Making a Difference

  • Megan Gibb, Transit Oriented Development Program Manager, Metro, Portland
  • Ross Roberts, Transit Program Director, Metro, Portland
  • Pam Peck, Regional Travel Options Manager, Metro, Portland
Room 3: Presentations Finding Alternatives to Urban Freeways

  • A Highway Revisited, A City Reborn - Thomas Brennan and Becca Aue, Nelson/Nygaard, Seattle, Washington
  • Better Transit, Not Freeways - Fighting the Gateway Highway Expansion Scheme with Transit Solutions - Eric Doherty, Livable Region Coalition, Vancouver, Canada
Room 4: Panel Ridesharing Technologies
Moderator: Zac Corker, Founder Goose Networks, Seattle

  • Flexible Carpooling Proof of Concept in Seattle - Paul Minett, President, Trip Convergence, Auckland, NZ
  • Rethinking Ridesharing: High Tech Hitchhiking and the Electronic Thumb - Zachary Corker, Founder, Goose Networks, Seattle, Washington
  • TBD
Room 5: Presentations International Perspectives in Transportation Advocacy

  • Bicycling in Brazil - Eduardo Green, Viaciclo, Florianopolis, Brazil, and Thiago Benicchio, Apocalipse Motorizado, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Overview of Carfree Issues in Australia - Ron Lambert, Melbourne
10:45 - 12:15
Room 1: Panel From Streetcars to the Bus Mall and Back Again: Portland’s Use of Rail Transit to Create Proximity

  • Portland’s Streetcar History - Dan Haneckow, Cafe Unknown, Portland
  • Portland Mall Revitalization: The Making of Great Streets - Bob Hastings, FAIA, Agency Architect, TriMet, Portland
  • Rebuilding Portland’s Streetcar Network - Chris Smith, Portland Streetcar, Inc
Room 2: Panel
Building Urban Greenways Moderator: Scott Mizee, npGreenway, Portland

Room 3: Panel Building Better Bikeways
Moderator: Scott Bricker, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Portland

Room 4: Presentations Improving Transit Connections and Flexibility
Moderator: Zac Corker, Founder, Goose Networks, Seattle

Room 5: Presentation Car Reduction Strategies in Europe

  • A Policy Perspective - Andrea Broaddus, Nelson/Nygaard, Portland
  • An Engineering Perspective - Tom Bertulis, ITDP, Mexico City
12:30 - 2:00
Ballroom: Lunch Plenary Win-Win Market Solutions in Sustainable Transportation

Room 1: Film Canada’s Automotive Capital: Windsor, Ontario’s Transportation History and Citizen Efforts to Reclaim the Streets

  • Maya Ruggles and Angela DiPonio, Windsor, Ontario
2:15 - 3:45
Room 1: Panel
The Battle for San Francisco (1992-2008): From Critical Mass to Congestion Pricing
Moderator: Steve Jones, City Editor, Bay Guardian

Room 2: Panel Transportation Inequality and Public Health
Moderator: TBD

Room 3: Panel Building Pedestrian Friendly Cities
Moderator: Chris Bradshaw, Founder, Ottawalk, Ottawa, Canada

  • Walkability and the Built Environment - Josh van Loon, School of Community and Regional planning, University of British Columbia
  • Engineering Public Transit Links for Pedestrian Use - Eda Beyazit, Istanbul, Turkey
Room 4: Presentations From Grey to Green: Rethinking Cities Built for Cars

  • Localizing the City: Recommendations of the Oil-Independent Oakland Task Force - David Room, Oil Independent Oakland
  • Greening an Old City: The Baltimore Experience - Patrick McMahon, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
  • Greening Guadalajara - Eugenio Arriaga, Director General de Vinculacion Politica, Guadalajara, Mexico
Room 5: Workshop Organizing Carfree Day Festivals

  • Organizational Cloning: How a Single Carfree Street Festival became Six in 2008 — Randy Chatterjee and Charles Latimer, East Vancouver, BC
  • World Carfree Day Celebrations, 2001 to 2008 - Agustin Villegas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
4:00 - 5:30
Room 1: Panel The Ciclovia Movement: Returning Streets to the People

  • Gil Penalosa, Executive Director, Walk and Bike for Life, Ontario, Canada
  • Tanya Muller, Director, Urban Parks and Ciclovias, Secretary of the Environment, Mexico City
  • Mike Muir, Land Use / Sunday Bikedays, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, Canada
Room 2: Panel Advocacy, Media, and Direct Action: Street Memorials and Successful Collaborative Strategies for Making Change on NYC Streets Moderator: Brooke DuBose, Planner, Fehr & Peers, San Francisco

Room 3: Panel
Workplace-Based Bike Commuter Programs
Moderator: Darren Pennington, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland

Room 4: Presentation and Film
Amsterdam, Cycling to Sustainability

  • Pascal J.W. van den Noort, Executive Director, Velo Mondial, Amsterdam

The Road to Platinum: How Davis, California Became a Bicycle Friendly City

Room 5: Presentation The Pacific Coast Rider - The Bicycle Trips of Major Edward A. Weed, 1896-1909

  • David Weed
Mobile workshops:
Thursday’s mobile workshops are free of charge and have no maximum number of participants and no advance sign-up. Both workshops leave from the corner of SW Park and Montgomery, just outside the Smith center.

  • 2:00 - 5:00 Bicycle Boulevards - Emily Gardner, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Portland. Bicycle ride. Helmets required. Bring water. 8 - 10 miles. Ends at BTA office at 233 NW 5th.
  • 6:00 - 7:30 Bicycle Zine Reading - Carye Bye, Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland. Easy, short downtown bicycle ride. Ends at NW Davis and 3rd Ave for the Square Dance.
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Old Time American Music and Square Dance in the StreetLocation: Festival Street, NW Davis between 3rd and 4th Avenues.Come enjoy old time music played by the bikey, local Greasy Chain String Band and learn the basics of traditional US American square dancing from our experienced caller.This event is free and open to all. The dancing will take place one of Portland’s new Festival Streets – regular streets specifically designed to be converted into public plazas for community events.

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Friday, June 20
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Annual General Meeting of the World Carfree Network (open to World Carfree Network members)Location: David Evans and Associates, 2100 SW River Parkway
Mobile Workshops
Friday’s mobile workshops are open to all conference registrants. Most tours meet at and return to PSU Smith Center, on the corner of SW Park and Montgomery, unless another location is noted. Most tours are free, but many suggest that you bring money for lunch or a snack on the way. Sign up sheets for tours with maximum participation limits will be available on Thursday at the conference information table.

  • 9:00 - 10:30 Downtown Portland Bus Mall Construction walking tour - Dee Ann Sandberg, TriMet. Round trip from the fountain in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Maximum participation: 25
  • 9:00 - 12:00 Tour of Vancouver, Washington: Visit the Columbia River Crossing, an innovative Land Bridge, Esther Short Park, and Vancouver’s new bicycle locker system - Todd Boulanger, Transportation Planner, City of Vancouver, Washington. Shuttle bus provided. Bring cash or bag lunch. Maximum participants: 14
  • 9:00 - 1:00 Portland’s Olmsted Parks Legacy, 1903-2008: Back to the Future for Car-Free Cities? - Richard N. Ross, Urban and Regional Planner, Portland. Easy 14 mile bicycle tour including Downtown Park Blocks, Springwater Corridor rail trail, Reed College. Cost: $5 (for a picnic lunch at historic Ladd Circle Park). Maximum participation: 25
  • 1:00 - 4:00 Transit Oriented Development light rail tour — the long version - Clay Thompson, TriMet. Round trip from the fountain in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Maximum participation: 25
  • 2:00 - 5:00 Transportation Geeks Bike Ride - Rory Renfro, Alta Planning + Design. Meet at PSU Urban Plaza (near 1715 SW 5th Ave) by the fountain. End location is the Lucky Lab at SE 9th and Hawthorne, followed by an optional happy hour. Bring cash for optional ice cream stop. Maximum participation: 40
  • 2:00 - 5:00 Portland Bridge Walk - Sharon Wood Wortman, founding member of Friends of Multnomah County’s Willamette River Bridges. Learn about Portland’s unique bridges from an expert. $10 tour fee, cash for an optional cookie stop. Maximum: 30
  • Time TBD Intersection Repair Bike Ride, City Repair Project
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Closing Party and Cultural ExchangeLocation: the Discovery Center, generously donated by the South Waterfront communityAll conference attendees are invited to finish up the week with beer, music, and cultural exchange. Feel free to bring something from your home to share.

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