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The City hosted a series of speaker forums that focus on developing streets that are safe for our children and meet the needs of our community. These forums provided education on various topics as well as gave the audience a chance to provide their input on what improvements they wish to see in the future. Thank you to all of those who attended this successful speaker series!


Past Forums

Sex, Neuroscience and Walkable Communities

Presented by: Jeffrey Tumlin from Nelson\Nygaard

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Hero’s City, Draper University, 55 East 3rd Ave, San Mateo

How are cities across North America making the most efficient use of their limited transportation resources? How are they achieving larger job creation, resilience, public health, equity and happiness goals? National sustainable transportation expert Jeff Tumlin offers a big-picture approach to these issues that will help the audience better understand the broader movement toward sustainable communities.

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The Key to Complete Streets and How to Unlock its Powers

Presented by: Paul Zykofsky from Local Government Commission & Michael Moule from Nelson\Nygaard

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, allowing people of all ages and abilities to move along and across the street. National Complete Streets workshop facilitators Michael Moule and Paul Zykofsky will tell us what this policy is all about and how it can transform the way we think about our city’s streets.

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Greening the Street Involves more than New Trees

Presented by: Phil Erickson from Community Design & Architecture

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Hero’s City, Draper University, 55 East 3rd Ave, San Mateo

Green Streets manage stormwater runoff as a resource rather than a waste through permeable materials, landscaped planters and swales. They also have great social value and are a great complement to Complete Streets. Come join nationally renowned urban designer Phil Erickson to hear the latest about this concept and how it applies to San Mateo.

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Completing the Transportation Network by Seeing the Bigger Picture

Presented by: Jeffrey Tumlin from Nelson\Nygaard & Thomas Kronemeyer from Community Design & Architecture

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo

As communities turn from sprawl towards retrofitting existing districts and corridors, misfits between street and land use types often compromise livability, sustainability and economic development. Learn through this discussion facilitated by Jeff Tumlin and urban designer Thomas Kronemeyer how some cities have responded by planning beyond the conventional street classification system and are implementing innovative streets with flexible uses.

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The Solid Link between Transportation and Health

Presented by: Robert Ogilvie from ChangeLab Solutions & Jessica Alba from Nelson\Nygaard

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo

Drastically increasing rates of health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and asthma have been partially linked to urban sprawl, limited access to healthy foods and sedentary lifestyle. Integrating health and planning includes creating safe and convenient walk and bike facilities along with promotion of other forms of active transportation. Public health law & policy expert Robert Ogilvie and sustainable transportation expert Jessica Alba will discuss where things went south and how we are getting back on track.

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The Dark Truth and the Bright Future of Parking Policies

Presented by: Jessica Alba from Nelson\Nygaard

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Peninsula Italian American Social Club, 100 N B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

Easy access by Caltrain, SamTrans, bicycling and walking. If driving, please consider parking in the Caltrain parking lot and garage on Transit Center Way, a 2-minute walk from the Club.

Providing too much or poorly-placed parking can be immensely costly, increase vehicle traffic and emissions, reduce pedestrian and cyclist safety and reduce development density. Conversely, supplying too little parking in certain settings can create its own set of problems including undermining the financial feasibility of development, hampering the revitalization of a commercial district, and creating parking spillover issues. Jessica Alba will guide us through recent innovations that support several goals, such as promoting economic development while maintaining a quality pedestrian environment.

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Kick-Starting Change with Innovative Bike and Pedestrian Solutions

Presented by: Paul Zykofsky from the Local Government Commission

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Hero’s City, Draper University, 55 East 3rd Ave, San Mateo

Many communities are investing in new and improved pedestrian and bike facilities, resulting in higher rates of sustainable transportation modes. As these facilities become more abundant, the innovation factor is also growing. Solutions include colored and buffered cycle tracks, bike lanes, bike signals, bike boulevards, bike boxes, bike sharing, pedestrian-oriented intersection and mid-block treatments. Education and information are also of great importance. Join Paul Zykofsky in this exploration of the latest and greatest solutions.

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The Solid Link between Transportation and Land Use

Presented by: Thomas Kronemeyer from Community Design & Architecture & Jeff Tumlin from Nelson\Nygaard

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo

An increasing number of municipalities, including the City of San Mateo, are moving towards closer coordination between land use and transportation planning in order to increase quality of life by providing more viable options for people to access opportunities, goods, services and other resources. Thomas Kronemeyer and Jeff Tumlin will explore the subject of community design for walking and biking.

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Public Spaces in Complete Streets

Presented by: Phil Erickson from Community Design & Architecture & Jessica Alba from Nelson\Nygaard

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo

San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program has created new street plazas and many new parklets (sidewalk platforms that replace car parking spaces) by reclaiming street space in partnerships with businesses and other community groups around the city. The parklets program has captured international attention, prompting a host of other cities to begin their own programs, from New York City to Vancouver. This forum, facilitated by Phil Erickson and Jessica Alba, will explore parklets and other innovative solutions, including shared spaces.

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Complete Streets Are Better for Business

Presented by: Josh Mello from Alta Planning + Design

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo

Hear about real-world examples from across the United States where cities used complete and sustainable streets to improve their local economies. Providing accommodations for all road users, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and motorists is not just good for the environment and our health, but it’s also good for business. National expert Josh Mello from Alta Planning + Design will use case studies from Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Wilmington, NC to frame the discussion on the broader impacts of building city streets for everyone from age 8 to 80.

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Taste & Talk Wrap-Up 2014 

Presented by: Ken Chin, City of San Mateo

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm

Oak Room, Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo 

Download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation here (this file is a compilation of all previous presentations).