Livability Summit Features Women on Transit, Public Health

Sunday Streets Mission by Young Chau

July 2, 2019
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Livability Summit Features Women on Transit, Public Health

San Francisco –On July 14, Livable City presents the first-ever free Livability Summit, bringing policy to the people with talks on transit, mobility and public health from 10 am to 3 pm at the Chapel on 777 Valencia Street during Sunday Streets Mission.

The Livability Summit will take city planning out of City Hall and into the streets, connecting nonprofit Livable City’s policy work with its largest program, Sunday Streets. The Summit creates a free, accessible space for the broader San Francisco audience to learn, think, discuss and dream big about how transportation, housing and public health solutions can become more equitable and sustainable for everyone. 

Following a VIP reception and brunch, the event transitions into a free public speaking program at 12:15 pm. Enjoy thought-provoking discussions with a diverse panel of women, including SFMTA Vice Chair Gwyneth Borden, Planning Commissioner Myrna Melgar, Director of Active Living Across the Lifespan Research Group Dr. Susan Zieff, JUMP Community Engagement Lead Meaghan Mitchell, and SOMCAN Transit Justice Organizer Mary Claire Amable.

12:15 – 1:00pm // What Does Shared Mobility Look Like?

As bike, scooter and car shares transform our streets, reshape our commutes and alter the transportation landscape of San Francisco, how do we center access for marginalized communities, encourage sustainable modes of transit, and create a system that is equity-first? 

Join Planning Commissioner Myrna Melgar, SF Bicycle Coalition Board Member and JUMP Community Engagement Lead Meaghan Mitchell, and SOMCAN Transit Justice Organizer Mary Claire Amable for a panel discussion on dreaming big about the future of shared mobility. Moderated by Fay Darmawi, Founder and Executive Producer of San Francisco Urban Film Festival. 

1:15 – 2:00pm // Community Leaders In Action – 2019 Livability Awardees

It takes a village to create a livable city. Learn how these community leaders and organizations work across a diverse landscape to create changes that affect the way we travel, live and play in the city we call home. 

Lightning Talks from the 2019 Livability Awardees include: 

In Chan Kaajal Community Garden is part of the city’s first new park in ten years, bringing green, open space for community-building, recreation and public health to the heart of the Mission in collaboration with local community groups like Poder.

People Protected Bike Lanes fights to keep and create safe, accessible bike lanes free from car traffic. Their work has resulted in the installation of protected bike lanes on upper Market Street, $150k in funding for the Valencia Bicycle safety project, and upcoming projects on Howard and Townsend streets.

Part of Mayor Breed’s Executive Directive to accelerate the approvals of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as in-law units, Mission Housing’s 18th Street ADU Garage Conversion Project is modeling a way to create new, rent-controlled housing out of dormant garage space that is accessible to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents.

2:15 – 3:00pm // At The Intersection of Transit & Public Health

From wait times to walkable sidewalks to air quality, how we get around our city is deeply entwined with the health of our residents. Studies have shown access to quality public transportation results in better health outcomes – but how do we get there?

The keynote conversation with SFMTA Vice Chair Gwyneth Borden and Dr. Susan Zieff, Director of Active Living Across the Lifespan Research Group, explores this intersection and the tactics, modes and models needed to create an equitable transit system that positively impacts public health for all San Franciscans.

Support Livable City’s important work, including Sunday Streets, by purchasing the VIP Experience at 10:00 am, including the Awards Brunch At The Curio Patio, where guests can enjoy a VIP Reception with delicious brunch bites, bottomless mimosas, and front stage viewing as Valencia Street transforms into Sunday Streets Mission.

Meet and mingle with livability leaders as you raise a glass in support of a San Francisco with plentiful and affordable housing, accessible public spaces and streets that make walking, biking, and public transit the best option for all.

The Livability Awards is generously sponsored by:

Ground Floor Public Affairs, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California,  Marc Babsin & Marianne David, Martin Building Company, Nicholas Josefowitz, Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP and Stamats Communications Inc.