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Monday, August 22, 2022, 8:15 - 9:15 AM

"Streets, what are they good for?"

Moderator: Kyle Shelton, Director, U of MN Center for Transportation Studies

Mitra Jalali, St Paul City Council (Ward 4)
Elliott Payne, Minneapolis City Council (Ward 1)
Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis City Council (Ward 5)
Patrick Martin, Bloomington City Council

This plenary chat will focus on the role of roadways in cities and what local leaders can do to shape their use most effectively for all users. More than sites for mobility, streets are public spaces used for a variety of activities. How cities view, use, and regulate their streets is critical to shaping the future of cities and the lives of residents. This conversation will explore the ways local leaders are thinking about their streets and what challenges/opportunities they see in embracing new practices and shifts to infrastructure design and use.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 8:15 - 9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker: Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD, LCI, Equitable Cities 

"Forward Together: A Street-Level Researcher's Open Letter to APBP (or Fellow Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals)"

Charles T. Brown has spent the past two decades or working as a street-level researcher and pracademic in many low-income and communities of color throughout North America. During this time, he's collected dozens of community-driven and -inspired strategies to enhance safety and access for all bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly those of color. In this presentation, he will share effective strategies/actions to center equity in our decision-making processes and therefore bridge the gap between what communities of color want versus what they receive. His call to action is simple: justice. Unapologetically.

 Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 1:30 - 2:15 PM

Keynote Speaker: Amanda Lovelee, Metropolitan Council

"Art, Equity and Trails"

Amanda LoveleeAmanda Lovelee is an artist who works in civic systems as a translator between government and community with the goal of building equitable places where everyone belongs. She currently works as the Parks Ambassador for the Metropolitan Council based in the Twin Cities where her job is to connect people to the outdoors with a focus on equity. The creative tools Lovelee has created for community engagement and connection have been used and replicated across the US.  She is interested in how people connect and the spaces in which they do. Lovelee holds a MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford.