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Webinar Series Examines Urban Design Challenges

By May 28, 2020 No Comments

Our Urban Innovation Cafe series is back, in webinar format. Over the next two months, join us for conversations with Ryerson experts and leading practitioners working on critical urban issues, moderated by top journalists. Each session will focus on an urban design challenge created by or magnified by COVID-19.

The first in this new series is “Hacking the Streets: Rolling out ActiveTO,” on Thursday, June 4, from 3 PM to 3:50 PM. 

In this session, we’ll be looking at the City of Toronto’s new ActiveTO program that seeks to get Torontonians moving safely on foot and bike while observing physical distancing guidelines. Our speakers will examine the program’s initial rollout and provide expert opinions on how the program stacks up to Toronto’s needs and to what’s possible, as demonstrated by leading cities around the world. 

Are we making the most of the opportunity presented by the current pandemic to fully enable and prioritize safe, active transportation into the future?

Moderated by Matt Elliott, reporter for the Toronto Star and mastermind behind the City Hall Watcher newsletter, this panel features Dr. Raktim Mitra (Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University), Michael Longfield (Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto) and Amanda O’Rourke (Executive Director, 8 80 Cities).

Future sessions in June and July include:

  • Elevator Pitch:” a look at vertical living and working in Toronto, and the challenge of elevators to physical distancing — moderated by urban issues reporter John Lorinc
  • Walk This Way:” on YongeTOmorrow and the now-critical need for a pedestrian-first redesign for Downtown Yonge — moderated by transportation reporter Oliver Moore

Webinars in this series are 50 minutes in duration and 100% free of charge. So, grab an afternoon cup of joe and join us from your home office for lively conversation and forward-looking ideas from leading thinkers in the urban sphere.

Secure your spot for “Hacking the Streets: Rolling Out ActiveTO” by registering now. Visit our Urban Innovation Cafe page for more information.

All registrants will need to download the Zoom app in order to access these webinars.