Introducing Cycling Cities: Join us for the ride

What if our cities embraced, encouraged and elevated cycling? How would that transform our streets? How would it transform access and opportunity for people?

The Cycling Cities campaign seeks to find out. Cycling Cities brings together cities, NGOs and civil society organizations, and private sector partners working to increase access for 25 million more people to safe and connected cycle lanes in their cities by 2025. We will start by learning from each other.

Join us for this virtual discussion, where representatives from Guadalajara, Mexico, and Kigali, Rwanda, two of our leading campaign cities, and UN Environment Program (UNEP), a founding campaign partner, will share their recent approaches to making cycling safer and more accessible for all. We will hear from panelists about why cycling matters for their cities, and discuss challenges, adjustments to plans and programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities to continue rethinking streets for cycling over cars. And, we will share how you can join us for the ride!

 

About the Presenters

Heather Thompson Chief Executive Officer, ITDP

Heather Thompson has been involved with ITDP for more than a dozen years, including serving on ITDP’s Board of Directors with two years as Chair.

Throughout her career, Ms. Thompson has worked with the environmental non-profit sector to design and carry out strategies with large-scale impact. She has advised clients, including the Asian Development Bank, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund, on finding ways to help our cities and natural systems increase resilience in the face of climate change, population growth, and other development pressures.

Previously, Ms. Thompson was co-founder and Vice President of Programs for ClimateWorks, a network of teams which promote sectoral policies to mitigate climate change, and a Principal at CEA, where she led the firm’s work in philanthropic strategy, covering energy and climate change, marine resource management, biodiversity protection, and land conservation.

Ms. Thompson has lived and worked abroad in China, the U.K., and Denmark. She holds an MSc in environmental economics from the University of York, U.K. and a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.

Solange Muhirwa Chief Urban Planner, City of Kigali

Mario Silva Managing Director, Metropolitan Institute of Planning (IMEPLAN), Guadalajara Metropolitan Area

Carly Gilbert-Patrick Team Lead, Active Mobility, Digitalization & Mode Integration, UN Environment Program

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