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Vote for Curbed’s SXSW 2020 panel

Transportation policymakers will discuss how to design—and build—streets that don’t kill people

Three people on bikes are riding in a protected bike lane in San Francisco.
San Francisco is one of a handful of cities prioritizing safe infrastructure for walkers and bikers that’s getting results.
Photo courtesy SF Bicycle Coalition

Nearly 100 cities across the country are using a data-driven initiative to track and eliminate traffic deaths. Yet the number of people killed while walking and biking continue to climb. Pedestrian deaths recently hit a 30-year high in the U.S.

Now, some of transportation leaders are trying something new—using large-scale, quick-build infrastructural changes to streets that creates systemic, citywide protection for a city’s most vulnerable residents as they get around town.

Curbed has pulled together an all-star panel to talk about these solutions at next year’s SXSW—but we need your vote to get this panel onstage.

Moderated by Alissa Walker, Curbed’s urbanism editor (that’s me!), the panel will hear from three of today’s most notable transit advocates and policymakers:

  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who has proposed 20 miles of protected bike lanes by 2020 and is installing those lanes in record time—with data proving that the safety improvements are working.
  • Los Angeles Department of Transportation general manager Seleta Reynolds, who is overseeing the build out of a two-way bike network in LA’s downtown and experimenting with pop-up bike lanes at events.
  • Corinne Kisner, executive director of National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), which is working with five cities to accelerate the construction of high-quality transportation projects that get more people walking and biking.

We’ll talk about how cities are collecting and sharing data on traffic deaths, what infrastructural elements are most impactful for saving lives, and how leaders can implement change quickly to avoid political gridlock and NIMBYism.

Vote here! SXSW’s PanelPicker closes on Friday, August 23.