Media release from the Office of the Mayor
Burlington, Ont., Oct. 17, 2016 – Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series and the City of Burlington present New Directions in Transportation with Brent Toderian and Jarrett Walker on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.
A key direction of Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040 is A City That Moves. This is where a variety of convenient, affordable and green transportation choices are available for moving people and goods within the city.
“During the Strategic Plan process, we heard from citizens they want to have choices, whether by car, public transit, bicycle or by foot, to get to and from their destinations,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Smart transportation planning is critical as Burlington and the Greater Toronto Area grows.”
Back by popular demand, noted urban planner Brent Toderian returns to the Inspire
Burlington series with a new presentation focused on transportation and smart city building. Brent, who calls Vancouver, B.C. home, is a city planner and urbanist with
TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, and is Vancouver’s former chief city planner. His clients are cities of all sizes around the world.
“A city growing up is an engaged city, a city where people frequently choose to walk, cycle and ride public transit,” said Toderian. “People only make these healthier, more sustainable and more cost-effective choices when they are delightful; and they can only be delightful when they are prioritized.”
Jarrett Walker hails from Portland, Oregon, U.S. and is the author of the book Human Transit. For the past 25 years, Jarrett has been involved with the design and redesign of transit networks in cities across North America, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
“Buses can be as liberating and efficient as your city wants them to be,” said Walker. “These days, most great transit improvements arise from partnerships, where transit agencies, city governments, unions, and key constituent groups are cooperating to put all the pieces in place.”
The free community event will feature presentations by Toderian and Walker, as well as an engaging question and answer session with both speakers hosted by Mayor Goldring. The evening also includes interactive displays focused on transportation starting at 6 p.m.