November 10, 2010   6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center - Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Av. (bet. 34th & 35th Sts.)
Municipal Art Society

According to a 2010 report by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, more New Yorkers walk to work--9.2%--than residents of any other major city in the United States. For every New Yorker who rides a bicycle to work, 150 times as many walk there. Many more New Yorkers walk as part of their other daily routines. It's a mode of transportation that needs neither fossil fuel nor special equipment, that builds health and affords enjoyment--even delight. For New Yorkers who use wheelchairs, strollers, or other conveyances, the importance of a "rollable" city is paramount.

Join a stellar moderator and panel for a lively evening.

What are the best practices from here and abroad to improve "walkability" and encourage pedestrians and wheelchair-users? Are bicycles in competition with pedestrians for space and amenities? Is the city as a whole "walkable" or does more need to be done in neighborhoods tourists rarely visit? Is the promotion of Active Design Guidelines done at the expense of Universal Design? What can be done to reduce pedestrian fatalities? What are the cognitive and physical benefits of walking and rolling? What are the delights?


  • John Hockenberry, journalist and host of public radio's national morning news program, The Takeaway.
    An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, John Hockenberry has traveled the globe reporting for more than three decades.


  • Noah Budnick, deputy director, Transportation Alternatives (T.A.)
    Noah Budnick provides strategic guidance and planning for T.A.'s campaigns to improve and increase walking, biking and public transit in New York City.
  • Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSV, FRCPC, director, Built Environment, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Dr. Karen Lee leads the city's Health Department in developing Active Design Guidelines.
  • Francis Morrone, historian, writer, and walker
    Francis Morrone walks five to ten miles a day because he can't help it.
  • Gabe Rousseau, Ph.D., Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager & Livability Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Human Environment (Washington, D.C.)
    Dr. Gabe Rousseau oversees federal bicycle and pedestrian guidance and policy and manages pedestrian and bicycle research.
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director, UPROSE
    Elizabeth Yeampierre leads Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization in Sunset Park, where twice as many residents walk to work than in the rest of New York City.