When we talk about transport or see it discussed by the media, the focus is often on delays, congestion, and poor transit service. This emphasis on problems and bottlenecks is also visible in current transportation planning and the indicators and models that support transport policy making. This talk proposes that a different approach to transportation planning is necessary, one that places opportunity, as opposed to problems, at the center of policy making. This perspective focuses on the development of attractive and sustainable cities and regions, with specific attention paid towards how the ability to move safely around cities by different modes of transport contributes to enhanced quality of life. In this talk, Thomas will reflect on experiences from the Netherlands, and their relevance to transportation planning and policy discussions in Canada.
Thomas Straatenmeier has worked in transportation planning and research for more than twenty years. He has worked for the City of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and as a senior consultant for Goudappel Coffeng. In 2019, he received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. His approach combines land-use planning and transportation planning (two worlds that often look at problems in very different ways). Thomas recently moved to Toronto and will stay in Canada for one year. He joined the firm Access Planning and his work there contribute to making attractive cities and sustainable urban transportation. He specializes in strategic transportation planning on city, regional and national level, with a special interested in promoting the use of cycling as well as how to integrate transit and land-use policy.
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