Thursday, June 30, 2022
Compared to the alternatives, walking and cycling networks provide the lowest emissions and most affordable, cost-efficient accessible modes of transport. However, active mobility is often dismissed as a small player in discussions on climate change and equity. This panel discussion will highlight the importance of shifting towards active mobility for achieving transport decarbonization and more equitable mobility through a special focus on investing and financing active travel infrastructure.
Drawing from their diverse experiences and backgrounds, the panel will present an array of policy recommendations and strategies for investing in safe, active transport based on their professional experience. Panelists will also discuss the role of recentering the sustainable mobility discussion around active travel, aligning goals between road safety, climate change, and equity.
The discussion shall seek to deepen the understanding of urban sustainability, active transport, and safety as necessarily interlocked and in need of critical investment at all levels. The structure of the event will follow a Q&A panel format with ample time for engagement with the audience. The moderator will begin the discussion with an introduction of the panelists and a brief overview of the topic. The moderator will then invite each panelist to deliver a brief statement addressing the topic of the session followed by an interactive dialogue between the panelists, moderator, and audience.
The panelists will structure their statements around innovative investments and interventions that have proven successful in encouraging active transport at the national, regional, and local levels.
The interactive dialogue will address questions such as:
The key objectives of the panel are to:
The WUF audience is a key target audience for our research and initiatives, as participants will include urban experts, practitioners, and public sector officials. Feedback and ideas from attendees will help to inform future research. This event will also help identify areas for capacity-building to support greater investment in walking and cycling and to develop innovative financing mechanisms.