Cycling is a powerful tool to improve transportation and access in cities around the world. Many international agreements encourage cycling growth as a strategy to improve air quality, and NGOs and governments have developed guidance on how to implement specific pro-cycling policies. However, it is often unclear which policies will prove most successful in different locations, and there is little guidance for prioritizing policies. In this webinar, presenters from ITDP will share how two unique tools help cities select policies that will be most effective to quickly grow cycling, and evaluate their progress year over year. Dana Yanocha will present ITDP’s new Toolkit for Rapid Cycling Growth (coming soon), an interactive tool that generates an action plan for cities based on existing conditions. Sonia Medina and Clara Vadillo of ITDP Mexico will discuss Ranking Ciclociudades, a set of indicators used to evaluate changes in cities’ cycling conditions over time. Together, these tools aim to help cities shift people away from private vehicles for short trips, reducing congestion and emissions, improving air quality, and freeing up space for people instead of cars.
Dana Yanocha’s work includes research and analysis of trends in sustainable transportation and development. Dana is passionate about identifying connections between the social, economic, and environmental spheres of sustainable development, with a particular interest in providing guidance to cities to strengthen transportation networks, leverage emerging technology and innovations, and improve overall accessibility. Prior to joining ITDP in 2017, Dana worked for the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development in Chicago, and for Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank in Washington, DC. She holds an MA in Sustainable Urban Development from DePaul University and a BA in International Politics from Penn State University
Sonia Medina is an Architect and Urban Planner. She joined the ITDP team in 2015 collaborating in projects related to street design and pedestrian and cycling mobility and returns in 2016 in the active mobility area. Sonia is particularly interest in designing cities a better place to live focusing in promoting the use of active modes of transportation particularly the bicycle. Now she is the Active Mobility and Urban Design Coordinator and oversees the Ciclociudades Strategy. Sonia holds a B.A in Architecture and has studied a Master in Urban Planning at the Architecture Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She also studied urban planning at the Technical University of Berlin and took the Planning the Cycling City course at the University of Amsterdam.
Clara holds a B.A. and a Master’s in urban governance from Sciences Po Paris, France, and has experience in analyzing urban public policies and promoting international and Franco-Mexican cooperation. Clara arrived in Mexico and ITDP in 2015, and returns to being part of the team in 2018 as the leader of road safety strategy, where she promotes integrated road safety actions and leads research related to policy and active mobility. She advocates for multi-actor types of collaboration in response to urban challenges and the inclusion of a gender perspective in sustainable mobility policies.
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