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Transportation innovation expert to engage leaders in safe streets discussion

Knight Foundation and the Miami Foundation invite Gabe Klein to shift perspectives on roads.

MIAMI (January 13, 2016)

Taking on the critical problem of bicyclist and pedestrian safety in Miami-Dade, on Thursday, elected officials and transportation leaders will speak with Gabe Klein, author of Start-Up City and former transportation director for both Chicago and Washington, DC.  After Mr. Klein’s presentation, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Vice-Chair Esteban Bovo Jr., District 13, along with five key officials will engage in a dialogue about how to make our streets safer.  Klein’s visit is underwritten by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation and coordinated with the Miami-Dade Local Action Team for Safer People, Safer Streets (LAT).  

About Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more information, visit:

About The Miami Foundation

Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation uses civic leadership, community investment, and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We’ve partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic funds.  Thanks to them, we’ve awarded over $200 million in grants and currently manage more than $280 million in assets to build a better Miami. Learn more about the Foundation and the Our Miami Report, which informs our work, at and

About the Local Action Team for Safer People, Safer Streets

As a result of the 2015 USDOT’s Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez joined Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9 and Chairman of Neat Streets Miami in convening a taskforce of 21 community leaders charged with developing an action plan of high level legislative, educational, engineering and enforcement recommendations to improve the safety of Miami-Dade’s streets. The Health Foundation of South Florida is supporting these efforts by funding engineering, planning and outreach technical assistance. For more information visit,

Local Action Team for Safer People, Safer Streets Members:

Brian Breslin, ReFresh Miami

Alice Bravo, Miami-Dade Transit

Claudius Carnegie, PhD, FIU, Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee, Neat Streets Miami

Benjamin de la Peña, Knight Foundation

Tabitha Fazino, Miami-Dade Public School Board

Cesar Garcia Pons, Perkins + Will

Mayor Oliver Gilbert, City of Miami Gardens/Miami-Dade MPO

Alina Hudak, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office

Ramiro Inguanzo, City of Bal Harbour

Jack Kardys, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

Kevin Kirwin, City of Miami Parks & Recreation 

Jimmy Morales, City of Miami Beach

Nicholas Namias, MD, Jackson Memorial

Gus Pego, FDOT - District 6

Juan Perez, Miami-Dade Police Department

Alyce Robertson, Miami DDA

Paul Schwiep, Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust 

Eli Stiers, Stiers Law

Mayor Philip Stoddard, City of South Miami

Debbie Swain, Milian, Swain & Associates

Peter Wood, Health Foundation of South Florida  

County and municipal elected officials, transportation professionals, agency leaders, advocates, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9, Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation Program Director for Miami and Stuart Kennedy, the Miami Foundation Director of Program Strategy and Innovation. Moderated by Gabe Klein, the panel will include: Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez; Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair and Chairman of the Transportation Committee Esteban Bovo Jr.; Florida Department of Transportation District 6 Secretary Gus Pego; Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales; Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen; University of Miami’s Public Health Department Chairman Jose Szapocznik; and Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization’s new Executive Director, Aileen Boucle.
Presentation by noted transportation innovation expert, Gabe Klein and a public official panel discussion. Supported by Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation, this event will highlight the LAT’s recent efforts and recommended action steps to take Miami-Dade off the list of most dangerous metropolitan areas for bicyclists and pedestrians.
January 14, 2016 — 08:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Clinical Research Building, Gordon Center Auditorium, First Floor, 1120 NW 14th Street, Miami FL 33136.
Editor's Note:
** Photo-op of panel at 9:30 a.m.