Save the date: Moving People Forward 2018

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Where: The Embassy Suites Hotel

Stay tuned for more information on next years keynote, program, layout and ground breaking topics!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first year of this event!

Media coverage from Streetsblog Denver

Brent Toderian: Don’t “Balance” Modes — Prioritize Walking, Biking, and Transit: Toderian is a highly regarded urban planner we brought in as keynote speaker. He offered up a blunt, forward-thinking assessment of how cities should be planned to improve transportation for all.

66 Percent of Denver Voters Would Pay a Sales Tax to Build the Bike Network: OnSight Public Affairs conducted a study related to bicycling in Denver and presented its findings at the conference

It Sounds Like Hancock Is Serious About Prioritizing People Over Cars: Mayor Michael Hancock lent his most emphatic support yet to what he called “bold” investments in biking, walking, and transit yesterday in a speech he gave at Bicycle Colorado’s Moving People Forward conference.


Scroll through a selection of event photos, courtesy of David M. Budd Photography.

Keynote Speaker

Brent Toderian

Brent Toderian is a leading international thought leader on cities, and a practitioner of advanced urbanism, city planning, urban design and transportation. He is highly sought after as an advisor to cities, governments and best-practice developers across the globe, with recent engagements in cities such as Sydney; Oslo; Helsinki; Auckland, New Zealand and Medellin, Colombia.

Brent established TODERIAN UrbanWORKS in 2012 following six years of significant achievement as Chief Planner for Vancouver, Canada, a city known for its innovative planning, design, sustainability and urban livability. He is the founder and current president of the Council for Canadian Urbanism. Brent is also Canada’s only regular radio columnist talking about “city-making” on CBC Radio, and a frequent speaker and writer for the Huffington Post, Planetizen and many other publications.

Plenary Session

A Tale of Three Cities–Active Transportation in Austin, Denver & Vancouver

Moderator: Elise Jones | Chair of DRCOG Board, Boulder County Commissioner

  • Brent Toderian, Founder of Toderian UrbanWorks
  • Annick Beaudet, Transportation Systems Development Division Manager, City of Austin
  • Crissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation & Mobility, Denver Public Works, City and County of Denver

In every city, optimizing active transportation options takes leadership, dedication and vision. And in every city, leaders must take unique approaches to leverage the partnerships and solutions that fit their political, economic, and physical environments. Join us to learn from three top-tier transportation leaders as they share what approaches are working and what they’ve learned from their peers in other cities. Take home tools, techniques, strategies and inspiration to increase safe biking and walking in your community.

Breakout 1 Sessions: Revolutions

A) The Sharing Revolution

Moderator: Kathleen Osher | Executive Director of the Transit Alliance

  • Dave Britton, Colorado General Manager, Uber
  • Pete Mickartz, Director of Sales, Zagster
  • Dan Sturges, Director of Urban Mobility, Local Motors

What actions are needed today to make a “smart city” tomorrow? Explore the next developments and shared used technologies and programs with industry experts. What solutions need to be developed to keep people mobile in more effective and efficient ways? Learn from these innovators about what has worked, what has changed and what is next.

B) The Data Revolution

Moderator: Rachel Hultin | Active Transportation Manager, Bicycle Colorado

  • Peter Kozinski, Director, RoadX Program
  • Jennifer “Doc B” Boldry, Director of Research, PeopleforBikes
  • Cari Tate, Implementation Manager, SeeClickFix

Big data and smart data are putting the brakes on the historic “build for capacity” approach to transportation. Data is revolutionizing safety, efficiency and flow for all road users. Learn how innovative leaders are harnessing technology already in place to improve mobility today and tomorrow.

C) The Mobility Revolution

Moderator: Ted Heyd | Policy Director, Bicycle Colorado

  • Sharon Feigon, Founder and Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center
  • Kevin Krizek, Senior Transportation Fellow, Professor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado
  • Aylene McCallum, Director, Downtown Environment, Downtown Center Partnership

As the population in Colorado and the Denver region swells, is it inevitable that single occupancy vehicle (SOV) travel will increase? Proactive planning and robust goals to reduce SOV travel are a part of the revolution. Featured panelists will highlight national and local case studies and inspire you with techniques for cutting SOV travel at the local, regional and state levels.

Breakout 2 Sessions: Partnerships

A) Advocacy and Political Leadership   

Moderator: Piep van Heuven | Denver Director, Bicycle Colorado

  • Jill Locantore, Associate Director, Walk Denver
  • Albus Brooks, City Council District 9 Representative, City and County of Denver
  • Annick Beaudet, Transportation Systems Development Division Manager, Austin Transportation Department

Advocates and political leaders working together can lead to big wins. This panel will look at how advocacy organizations can provide community insight and focus to help political leaders take valuable risks and provide leadership on the road to the mobility revolution.

B) Public and Private Leadership

Moderator: John Desmond | Executive VP, Downtown Environment, Downtown Denver Partnership

  • Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Kelly Leid, Executive Director, Office of National Western Center, City of Denver
  • Jim Gunning, Former Mayor of Lonetree; Mobility Choice Blueprint Board Member

The success of your mobility project or initiative often hinges on partnerships. Getting to where you intended to go can require collective expertise, political savvy and investment across multiple sectors and disciplines. This panel will explore key ingredients for winning partnerships and how these come to life through investments.

C) Innovation and Institutions

Moderator: Rachel Hultin | Active Transportation Manager, Bicycle Colorado

  • Mike Lewis, Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Jennifer Hale, Director of Safety and Sustainability, Denver Zoo
  • Joshua B. Sperling, Ph.D., New Concepts Incubator, Urban Futures & Energy Nexus, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Aaron Buckley, Mobility Coordinator, Colorado State University

Institutions have a big impact on the travel behavior of both employees and the communities surrounding their campuses. Learn how large employers and institutions are changing mobility in big way

Thank you to our sponsors

Conference Location

Embassy Suites
1420 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80202

Reservations and Travel

We have a special rate of $159 at the Embassy Suites hotel if you are interested in staying downtown. Reservations can be made by calling the Embassy Suites directly at 1-800-HILTONS. For the Moving People Forward group block discounted rate, please provide this three digit code: COB. If necessary, please note cancellation guidelines when making your reservation. Rates only good through January 6, 2017, based on availability.

The hotel offers valet parking only, subject to availability. The hotel offers a discounted all-day valet rate of $20 per vehicle or $40 overnight.

Use the Go Denver App or Google Maps to plan your commute to the Embassy Suites, which is easily accessible by bike, light rail, bus or the free 16th Street mall shuttle.


Please contact our events manager, Claire Peters, if you have questions.
303-417-1544 x106

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