Moving Ohio Forward Sustainable Transportation Conference

  • January 14, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Virtual Event

Sponsored by Devou Good Foundation and Tri-State Trails

Moving Ohio Forward is a first-of-its-kind online convening of Ohio's sustainable transportation advocates and professionals. Join us and help build a safer, greener, more just mobility future for the Buckeye State.

Learn more here.

Current Schedule

9:30-10:45 AM

Vision Zero in Ohio

What's an acceptable number of traffic deaths? More cities are saying the answer is zero. Leaders from Ohio's first vision zero cities discuss the opportunities for and obstacles to progress.

Ashley Shaw, Vision Zero Cleveland
Maria Cantrell, City of Columbus

11-12:15 AM

The Future of Transit in the Buckeye State

These are tough times for transit. But local advocates are still eeking out wins for riders. Learn about some of the state's most bold and innovative measures.

Cam Hardy, Better Bus Coalition (Cincinnati)
Marc Conte, Capital Crossroads (Columbus)
Justin Goodwin, City of Columbus

12:30-1:30 PM

Lunchtime Speaker Amy Cohen

After Amy Cohen lost her 12-year-old son to a reckless driver, she started a movement to empower the families of victims and make streets safer. The group she founded, Families for Safe Streets, now has chapters in 10 states. 

2–3:15 PM

Transportation Equity

Ohio's cities, and suburbs, are deeply unequal, with Black and brown communities suffering disinvestment, poor job access and a host of environmental harms. Panelists offer a vision for how better transportation can further justice and redress.

Aparna Bole, Pediatrician, Public Health Advocate, Rainbow Babies Children's
Aslyne Rodriguez, COTA
Justin Bibb, GCRTA Board Member
Roberta Duarte, 25Connects

3:30-4:45 PM

Job Access and Land Use

Ohio cities have some of the worst "spatial mismatch" between jobs and low-income workers in the nation, stretching transit agencies and putting work out of reach for many people. This panel introduces some innovative strategies Ohio cities are using to address the problem.

Jess Wallace, Downtown Cleveland Residents, Disability Activist
Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning and Sustainability, MORPC
Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Akron

5-5:30 PM

Winning Funding for Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable transportation advocates are gearing up for a high-stakes budget fight in early 2021. Leaders from the Move Ohio Coalition, that last year won an additional $30 million for transit, offer a quick overview what's ahead and how you can help.

-Amanda Woodrum, Policy Matters Ohio, Move Ohio Coalition
-State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Columbus)
-William Tartar, Jr., Center for Community Solutions

5:30-6:30 PM

Happy Hour Collaborative Statewide Strategy Session

Attendees enter breakout rooms a facilitation discussion on the following topics:

-Rail Transport
-Job Access

Each group will develop a set of goals/wishes/demands for each category. Those will be compiled by organizers into a statewide 2021 sustainable transportation agenda that will inform the 2021 Move Ohio Budget push.

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