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September 17, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The City of Calgary has taken steps to better accommodate people walking, cycling and using personal mobility devices. One of its municipal change agents will give an overview of Calgary’s programmatic approach to better policy, laws, infrastructure, monitoring, education, and encouragement. The presentation will also review the provincial changes that have led to e-scooters being permitted on city streets in Calgary and Edmonton.
About the Presenter:
Thomas Thivener has had a major influence advancing active transportation in the US and Canada. He joined The City of Calgary in 2012 as their first Cycling Coordinator to implement the new Cycling Strategy policy. His position eventually morphed into coordinating Active Transportation projects. In that role he led the planning, engagement, design and delivery of a dozen Complete Street retrofits, including the ambitious cycle track network pilot. Besides improving infrastructure, he developed a robust monitoring and evaluation program, as well as their education and encouragement programs. He also played a key role working with the Province to develop the Alberta Bike Facilities Design Guide and an e-scooter pilot.
Previous to moving to Canada, he worked as the City of Tucson’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager where he played a key role in moving Tucson beyond just being a recreation riding community, increasing bike commuting by 58% during his tenure and moving Tucson up to sixth in the nation amongst the major cities. Thomas co-founded Cyclovia Tucson, an annual open-streets event drawing tens of thousands of people to walk and bike at.
Thomas developed an interest in city planning and creating vibrant public space while living in Sweden, Taiwan and as an exchange student at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia many years ago. He has a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of Arizona. Recently he relocated to Vancouver and works for WATT Consulting Group as its Active Transportation and Regional Lead.
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