5th Annual City of Fort Lauderdale Transportation Summit

APA Florida Chapter, Broward Section


Wednesday, May 18, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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The City of Fort Lauderdale's Transportation Summit is a premier event offering you a chance to join industry experts, colleagues, neighbors, and students dedicated to creating safe, livable, connected, sustainable streets for people of all ages and abilities. A variety of transportation influencers from multiple disciplines will host important discussions on topics such as Vision Zero, public advocacy, land use, street design and activation, current projects, and more. 

A revolutionary transportation project that is TRANSforming the City of Atlanta. The father of the Atlanta Beltline will discuss this “catalyst infrastructure” project and share the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities. The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other.

Traffic deaths are preventable.  Cities across the world are adopting a vision of eliminating severe injuries and fatalities on their streets.  Panelists will engage in inspiring dialogue, including a personal account of tragedy that has led to transforming enforcement laws to help save lives and protect communities; share successes from a city on the forefront of this effort to affect change, a true leader; share information on a national collaborative campaign committed to helping communities reach their Vision Zero goals; and find out what’s next for the City of Fort Lauderdale following unanimous adoption of its Vision Zero Plan by City Commission, and how it is bringing together transportation, police, and public health officials to work together on this issue with peers across the country as a selected Vision Zero Focus City.

This panel will explore elements that shape live-work-play communities and provide many benefits for its residents, including healthier lifestyles, nearby amenities and services, and lower transportation costs.  Discussion will focus on the City’s Downtown Regional Activity Center which is undergoing a transformation from recent mixed-use developments and new multimodal improvements.  Panelists will discuss factors that have contributed to this transformation, including perspectives from government agencies and the development community.  Panelists will consider how existing infrastructure including streets that run through this urban area can further support this transformation in a context sensitive way.  Discussion will focus on initiatives and opportunities to provide a cohesive approach to policy, design, and services across the levels of government along with private sector investment, in order to provide improved predictability in the development process for neighbors and the development community and a collective realization of the area’s vision. 

Community leaders will share their experiences spearheading initiatives to improve the mobility and connectivity in their communities. Topics include a crowd-resourcing platform helping neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time by connecting leaders with funding and support for safer, greener, more livable and more fun neighborhoods; a presentation about a group that began as an informal grassroots effort to improve the safety of bicycling and walking, and has blossomed into an effective nonprofit organization dedicated to building cooperative relationships among activists, community leaders, elected officials, civic leaders, and philanthropists; and a presentation from a local leader who is mobilizing his neighborhood towards a comprehensive transportation vision through the City’s Neighborhood Mobility Master Plan process.

Speakers will introduce innovative design approaches that enhance public health and build resiliency to the impacts of sea level rise.  Topics will include promoting health and integrating physical activity into our daily lives by using active design strategies and adopting design criteria including raising roads while maintaining sidewalks and the public realm.  

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Robert Lochrie

Confirmed Speaker

ESq. Lochrie & Chakas P.A.

Leah Shahum

Confirmed Speaker

Director Vision Zero Network

Alan Hooper

Confirmed Speaker

Co Founder Urban Street Development

Diana Alarcon


Melisa Wandall

Confirmed Speaker

President, Coalition for Safer Roads

Ryan Gravel, AICP

Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban planner, designer, and author working on site design, infrastructure, concept development, and public policy as the founding principal at Sixpitch. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that after fifteen years ... Read More

Juan Martinez

Confirmed Speaker

Director of Strategic Initiatives NYCDOT

Jeff Shumaker

Confirmed Speaker

Chief Urban Designer NYC Dept of City Planning

Tony Garcia

Confirmed Speaker

Green Mobility Network Miami-Dade