For People Who Desire Great Urban Spaces and Walkable Places

For People Who Desire Great Urban Spaces and Walkable Places


Thursday, April 28
8:00 AM


Thursday, April 28
6:00 PM

The City of Edmonton, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) are pleased to present:

Streets for People: Edmonton Walkability Symposium

Featuring Jeff Speck

For people who desire great urban spaces and walkable places

 Jeff Speck is one of the world's leading thinkers on smart growth and urban design. Join him and other presenters for a one-day symposium that will provide practical and inspiring steps to help build a more people-friendly, multi-modal city. All passionate city builders are welcome.


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Registration

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome Address from Councillor McKeen

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Keynote with Jeff Speck

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - Morning Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15 p.m. - Panel - The Importance of Creating People Friendly Places

12:15 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

- Downtown Artwalk Presentation with Susan Pointe (Ballroom 1)

- APPI Annual General Meeting (Ballroom 2)

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Mobile Tours*

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Afternoon Coffee Break

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Networking Reception


Mobile Tour #1: Complete Streets: Piecing Together Pictures

This workshop will provide an overview of the City of Edmonton Complete Streets program and then provide participants with time to explore downtown Edmonton, photographing examples of the good, bad and ugly Complete Street elements. After walking and photographing, your group will gather back in the workshop space and report back to the other groups about what you saw. 

Mobile Tour #2: Safe Journeys 2 School

In 2014, the City of St. Albert undertook a holistic, comprehensive review of traffic safety at all 26 of its existing schools. The purpose of the initiative was to identify engineering, education, enforcement and encouragement (4E) strategies for making journeys to and from school as safe as possible. The very successful Safe Journeys to School (SJ2S) project entailed school site safety reviews accompanied by extensive community engagement sessions and an online discussion forum.

The presentation will describe the methodology and some of the 4E strategies that were identified towards enhanced traffic safety around schools.

Mobile Tour #3: The Other 9 to 5 – A Late Night Hospitality Area Tour

Come see how urban planning and a walkable environment can impact a city's nightlife. Responsible Hospitality manages the other 9 – 5 (9pm – 5am), treating an entire hospitality destination as a single entertainment venue or event. Attendees on tour of will gain understanding on how the six elements of Vibrancy, Quality of life, Venue and Public Safety, Late Night Transportation, Community Policing, and Patron Responsibility support hospitality settings.

Attendees must bring a valid driver's license or government ID, as there the tour will include stops at venues. This is a walking tour.

Mobile Tour #4: Edmonton's Pedway Network: Wayfinding, Walkability, and Street Vitality

Come rediscover Edmonton's growing pedway system and learn how wayfinding challenges within the network are critical to solve given the many million more visitors expected to come downtown once the arena opens. We will discuss the importance of wayfinding for pedestrians but further, spark discussion about city streets, urban design, car-centric biases influencing policy and the power of negativity. 

Mobile Tour #5: The Trouble with the Curb

The importance of inclusion is highlighted with the day-to-day activities people with disabilities experience. Mini exercises in this engaging tour will bring awareness for the need to design with inclusion in mind.

Mobile Tour #6: Pedestrians are Good Business 

Come see how pedestrians are good for business. Enjoy a guided tour down some of Edmonton's well-known streets and avenues to learn why pedestrian-friendly environments are an important consideration for business development. City of Edmonton staff will explain recent infrastructure improvements and other plans to help create strong business revitalization zones in the City. 

Mobile Tour #7: ArtTourYEG - Experiencing Downtown Edmonton through Art

Downtown Edmonton is home to a collection of public art that is diverse, eclectic and compelling. The art reveals the city's history, our ever-changing culture and our ideas about what is meaningful. Join us on the guided art walk to learn more about how the City of Edmonton is using art and culture to help develop the community and increase downtown vibrancy. 

Mobile Tour #8: Urban Design, Heritage, and Walkability

Join us for a walk around the Warehouse District to find out why maintaining historic sites and promoting good urban design are important elements of creating people-friendly places.

*Mobile Tours are open to attendees who purchase a full day ticket only. Mobile tours will be capped, so please sign up when registering for the Symposium.

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Event Location

The Sutton Place Hotel
10235 101 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3E9

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