Saturday, 29 May
For years, Greens have been active at the local level all over Europe, bringing a better quality of life in cities by having greener, quieter and more user-friendly street policies for citizens.
Local decision-makers and stakeholders have to deal with the important place of cars in the planning and designing of urban spaces. Having a greener and a more sustainable approach to running a city sometimes leads to facing a group of people standing for the idea “my car, my freedom."
But as we all know, needs of cars and needs for safe and livable streets are often in contradiction. Walking - and cycling - friendly streets deserve a complex approach which systematically encourages less demand for parking spaces.
Together with an expert and a green local decision-maker, let’s find innovative solutions for a path to cities and towns that work for all.
Paul Barter, Research, policy analysis, writing, podcasting and training on urban transport and parking
Dr Paul Barter is a consultant, researcher, trainer, writer and podcaster best known for his parking policy expertise. Paul also has research, policy and training strengths on international comparisons of urban transport, travel demand management and public transport regulation. He has written extensively on parking policy and provided insight to various metropolitan governments as a consultant to international organizations such as the World Bank, WRI, ITDP and GIZ. Since 2000, Paul has taught at the National University of Singapore (NUS), mostly in the LKY School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor and, since 2012, as an Adjunct Associate Professor.
Rik Thijs, Vice-mayor and Alderman for Sustainability and Public Spaces, GroenLinks
Rik Thijs is Vice-Mayor in the Brainport Region of Europe, Eindhoven, with special focus on sustainability and public space. Rik has worked for local government and now, as a member of the Board, his ambition is to see Eindhoven become the most sustainable city in the Netherlands. There is much focus on bringing together local organizations with the aim of sharing knowledge and ideas about sustainability. About urban development, for example, mitigation of climate change and adaptation, waste management and sustainable urban transport policies.
Evelyne Huytebroeck, Co-chair, European Greens
Evelyne Huytebroeck is a politician and a journalist born in 1958. She is member of the French-speaking Belgian Green Party ECOLO. She was a Member of the Brussels Parliament in 1989 - 2002 and in 2014 - 2019. In 2002 – 2004 she was President of ECOLO. In 2004 – 2014 she was Regional Minister of Environment, Energy, Social Affairs and Youth, as well as Vice-President of the Energy Cities network in 2010 - 2015. She is currently local councilor in Forest (Brussels municipality), President of the BRASS cultural centre and Chair of the Brussels Agency for Business Support. In November 2019 she was elected Co-chair of the European Green Party.