Better Streets, Better Cities, Better Lives

Date & Time

Monday, October 26, 2020, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Maruxa Cardama, Secretary General, SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport


A V Venugopal, Senior Research Associate, Urban Development, ITDP India, Chennai, India
Ankita Chachra, Knowledge for Policy Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Hague, Netherlands
Seble Samuel, Co-Founder, Menged Le Sew, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Anne Kamau, Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya


Cities around the world have been thrust into the greatest street experiment since public space was turned over to the private automobile in the 20th century. While city planners, governments, and civil society have increased awareness about the health, economic, and environmental benefits of active transportation over the past decade, investment remains lacking for active transport projects beyond pilot phases and piecemeal approaches. A new enthusiasm for walking and cycling is emerging with the pandemic, but many cities have not committed to making temporary sidewalk extensions and “emerging” cycle lanes permanent. This session will explore opportunities and challenges with scaling walking and cycling, and the tools and strategies cities need to ensure that the temporary reimaging of our streets leads to permanent change.

Deep Dive Discussions - These are concurrent sessions on a specific topic that includes a panel of experts. Participants will also be placed in small groups to delve deeper into questions and ideas that speaker pose.

Session Type

Deep Dive Discussion