Author Archives: Denver Igarta

About Denver Igarta

This blog was established to document my search for streets that my 5-year old can play near without my constant supervision. Where kids can live active lives and learn independence. My quest began when I was selected as an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, for info: gmfus.org/cdp/fellowships. I am a multi-modal transportation planner for the City of Portland (OR), America's sustainable transportation capital. SHORT BIO/PROJECT DESCRIPTION Denver Igarta (October-November 2011), Urban Planner, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation Project: Livable Streets Where People Live: Fostering People-Friendly Streets by De-emphasizing Automobile Traffic in Residential Areas Cities: Munich, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Malmö Denver Igarta is an urban planner with the Transportation Bureau of the City of Portland. He works on a broad range of transportation policy, street design initiatives and pedestrian, bicycle and freight planning efforts. He recently served as one of the principal authors of Portland's new bicycle plan. He is currently staffing two “active transportation” projects: a rails-with-trails project along the Banfield Freeway and a local street system plan for one of the state's most diverse neighborhoods. He performed his graduate studies at the University of Dortmund, Germany and the University of the Philippines and holds a Master of Science in Regional Development Planning. Portland is struggling to reverse generations of auto-oriented development patterns and make neighborhood streets more “livable” (people-friendly) by restoring their multimodal and placemaking functions. Mr. Igarta's research will evaluate how cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden have enacted policies to restore the multiple functions of public streets through traffic management, green infrastructure and giving priority to sustainable travel modes. He will meet with local practitioners, policymakers and civic leaders involved in transportation planning, traffic safety and neighborhood livability projects, street design, and implementation of multi-modal traffic policies. The ultimate aim of the study is to compile a set of best practices and policies implemented in European cities that have broadened the role of residential streets beyond automobile mobility. Additional focus will be given to understanding how acceptable policy tradeoffs are determined within city agencies and the level of public support for measures that restrict car movements, such as reduced speed zones, bicycle streets, shared spaces, residents-only streets and residential parking restrictions.

GMF Webinar Recording: Lessons from Europe on transit priority and livable streets

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Hot Off the Press – my GMF fellowship report gets published

I was thrilled to find the final published report in my inbox this morning.  After months of culling through notes and photos, processing a sea of thoughts, and navigating multiple rounds of edits, it feels good to have a polished … Continue reading

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Livable Streets Presentation at Velo-city Cycling Conference

Velo-city Global, the world’s premier international cycling conference, held in Vancouver, BC (June 2012) offered the ideal venue for me to cap off my fellowship research by presenting it to planners, engineers, academics and advocates from cities across the globe.  Click … Continue reading

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Podcast: European Cities Provide Blueprint For “Livable Streets” In Portland

In 8 Minutes Or Less: European Cities Provide Blueprint For “Livable Streets” In Portland In this GMF podcast, Urban and Regional Policy Program Assistant Casey Kuklick interviews Denver Igarta, urban planner for the city of Portland, about his GMF fellowship … Continue reading

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Making Residential Streets More Livable

The following are links to a presentation (slides and audio) on European lessons for creating livable residential streets that I compiled as an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow for the German Marshall Fund.  Presentation: Livable Streets Where People Live (and audio … Continue reading

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Lessons from World-Class Bicycling Cities

The prezi (slides) and audio from my presentation at the Feb 16th Portland Bureau of Transportation Bicycle Brown Bag are now online. What’s so great about world-class bicycling cities, anyway?  PBOT planner, Denver Igarta, spent the month of November meeting with planners, … Continue reading

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ECF asks, Is Munich Europe’s Next Amsterdam?

European Cyclists’ Federation – Is Munich Europe’s Next Amsterdam? A Threefold Increase in Cyclists. A recent article in one of Germany’s most respected daily newspapers, the ‘Sueddeutsche’, has shown that cycling has almost tripled since 1996, from 6 % to … Continue reading

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