2019 International Conference Highlights

Posted: 08/22/2019
Category: Events

Transportation demand management professionals from across the country gathered in Times Square for this event where keynote speakers Gil Penalosa and Janette Sadik-Khan inspired attendees to reimagine urban transportation that is accessible and inclusive to all.

First-time attendees and new members got the chance to socialize on Sunday before the opening reception. Live music from two unique subway street performers and a caricature artist gave the Opening Reception some NYC flair as attendees networked and explored the exhibitor hall. There was a lot to be excited about from breakout sessions focusing on behavior change, new technologies, public policy, and program case studies to tours of Radio City Music Hall, the NYC subway, and Columbia University. 

On Monday, keynote speaker Gil Penalosa, 8 80 Cities, spoke about radically changing cities to accommodate both an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old. His vision for the future of urban spaces incorporates more public parks, sustainable mobility, and a community that is safe for everyone.

The next day we heard from Janette Sadik-Khan, Bloomberg Associates, who gave the audience insight into implementing new, people-focused street design standards. She noted that people are the driving forces in community, saying “Cars don’t shop, people do.” After her presentation, Janette signed attendees’ copies of her book, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, and spoke with many about their own work.

Wednesday’s National Awards Breakfast offered inspiration as recipients of the ACT National Awards and President’s Awards were recognized for their outstanding achievements. These award winners have developed and implemented programs and initiatives that have had a positive impact on commuters through marketing efforts, research, employer actions, and exemplary leadership.

Special thanks goes to all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, moderators and attendees and we hope to see you next year in Denver, CO at the 2020 International Conference!

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