BUFFALO, N.Y. -- How can streets that accommodate pedestrians,
cyclists and transit users influence a region's environment,
prosperity, health and livability?
That's the theme of the Buffalo Complete Streets Summit, a
two-day symposium from April 19-20.
The event will explore why communities across the country --
including Buffalo -- are adopting 'complete streets' policies that
think beyond the motorist when planning infrastructure. Experts say
that such policies offer myriad benefits, from reducing congestion
to combating obesity.
The Buffalo Complete Streets Summit will kick off with a free,
public panel discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at
Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The conversation will
focus on how national best practices can shape the Buffalo
streetscape. Featured experts will include:
- Tavis Dockwiller, an expert in green infrastructure from
Viridian Landscape Studio in Philadelphia.
- Gail Dorfman, county commissioner of the 3rd district in
Hennepin County, Minn.
- Jeff Olson, a designer and past New York State Pedestrian and
Bicycle Program manager from Alta Planning and Design in Saratoga
- Sam Zimbabwe, a transit and sustainable development advocate
from the District Department of Transportation in Washington,
The panel's moderators will be Robert G. Shibley, dean of UB's
School of Architecture and Planning and chair of UB's Environmental
Stewardship Committee, and Daniel Robison, reporter from WBFO.
On Friday, April 20, local policymakers will gather at UB's
Jacobs Executive Development Center at 672 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
for an invitation-only dialogue. Attendees will learn from experts
from around the country about how different jurisdictions are
implementing and maintaining complete streets plans.
The Buffalo Complete Streets Summit is presented by GO Bike
Buffalo with funding provided by the Community Foundation for
Greater Buffalo, the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA), along with Righteous Babe Records, Wendel
Companies, UB's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental
Access (IDeA Center) and the New York State Department of
Additional support comes from Healthy Kids, Healthy
Communities-Buffalo Partnership, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, and
UB's Civic Engagement and Public Policy research initiative.
For information, visit http://buffalocompletestreets.org