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Pleasant Town - Walkable and Livable City (Tel Aviv, Israel)

19/09/2016 to 20/09/2016

This workshop is organised by:  Ministry of Transport, the Municipalities of Tel Aviv Yafo and Jerusalem, CIVITAS CAPITAL, CIVITAS WIKI, the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) at Tel Aviv University and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design - Department of Urban Design

Aim

This workshop is aiming at enriching participants tool box available for reversing the pyramid of street users - placing pedestrians before private vehicles. Participants shall learn from Europe best practices, experience our own, and have an opportunity to share ideas, which will eventually be translated into applicable guidelines.   

The workshop is divided into three parts:

  • Successful examples from Europe, Tel Aviv-Yaffo and Jerusalem. Presentation of successes but also dilemmas, tough decisions and implementation challenges. 
  • Walk the Talk , walking and bike tours, focusing on the streets and public spaces earmarked for priority for pedestrians and cyclists. 
  • Workshop tools and round tables discussions focused on identifying tool for intervention and policy game changers.

Programme

Day I - September 19 
9:00  Registration 

9:30 Plenary session opening 
Presentations: 

  • Restricted access center for motor vehicles:  transport group leader thematic telematics - Tariq van Rooijen, CIVITAS WIKI
  • Freight distribution and logistics in city center - Project representative Novelog (tbc)
  • Rethinking streets, alternative allocation of public space to urban uses of Vienna City - Clarissa Knehs, city of Vienna

11:45 Game changers - opening 

  • You can move the cheese and the car -   Yoav David, City Architect of Tel Aviv, Ofer Manor, City Architect of Jerusalem 
  • Reality check -   DR. Else Verbakel, Bezalel, Jerusalem 

13:45  Examples from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on parking policy: Tamir Nir 

  • Reduce mandatory parking requirements in Jerusalem -  Issues, problems, surveys  and insights – Jerusalem Transport Master Plan team, Jerusalem + Parking department, Municipality of Jerusalem, 
  • Dare to touch the driveway  -  Naomi Angel, Central District Planner, Planning Administration  coordinator 

Walking in the city

  • Streets that invite walking and the economic value of encouraging walking - DR. Orly   Ronen, Porter School, University of Tel Aviv 
  • Children moving in friendly city -  Dr. Emily Silverman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Innovation and technology in walking through mountainous cities  - Udi Horowitz, Jerusalem Transport Master Plan, Jerusalem 

Riding Metropolis   

  • Continuous bike lanes - Daniel Bar-on, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yaffo 
  • Commuter's bike lanes: "Shviley Dan"  - Ofir Cohen 

15:15 More Game Changers 

Cities in the shade

  • Urban jungle trees - Uriel Bebtz'ok, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yaffo 
  • Shadow measurement – Aviva Peters, Ben-Gurion University 
  •  "Lane in the Shadow": peripheral ring of Jerusalem city center.- Carlos Frost,   Valentina Wanlin

Restricted areas for cars 

  • Success story and dilemmas -   Zeev Shadmi, Ministry of Transport 
  • Reorganization of mobility in urban space - Yehoshua (Shuki) Cohen
  • Closing streets for cars - Is it good for businesses? -  Tamir Nir, Municipality of   Jerusalem 

Conclusion of day 1 and instructions for day 2 tours 
 

Day   II - September 20 
9:30  Guided City Tours 

  • Green axis Bitzaron – Beach, leading Daniel Baron, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yaffo: acquaintance with new axis for non-motorized traffic 
  • Yigal Alon space - between business and dwelling - DR. Else Verbakel, Bezalel and Udi Carmeli, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yaffo: acquaintance with   Dilemmas and new programs for the Yigal Alon - Bitzaron area.
  • Walking in Allenby and Sheinkin - Michel Taussig, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yaffo , familiarity with dilemmas and programs for walking friendly neighborhood.
  • Street in-depth tour - Ram Eisenberg, experience inquiry method for  walking experience ressearch
  • 1st true traffic calming area in the center of the city - Guy Sarussi, Municipality    of Tel Aviv-Yaffo: Weisel street project 
  • The most congested place in Tel Aviv (Begin - Kaplan) - Ronen Kinori and Michal Bleicher, Municipality  of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Traffic loads and possibilities for pleasant walking in the most heavily congested traffic area. 

12:45  Workshops in the form of round tables15:00  - 15:30   break 
15:30  Closing plenary session 
Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv-Yaffo (still to be confirmed)  

Program is subject to changes

Location: Israel
The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University
Organizer:
Organizer Email:
Contact: Frederix Marjan

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