Transportation Summit 2009


Portland November 4-6, 2009

The summit is where CNU's multidisciplinary network of designers, planners, engineers and other experts in the field of new urbanism met to advance the latest in cutting edge transportation reforms.

The Project for Transportation Reform promotes the implementation of connected, multi-modal street networks as the answer to many of our transportation, safety, land use and urban design problems. Besides reducing carbon emissions, improved street network connectivity increases pedestrian safety, increases vehicular capacity, reduces emergency response times and creates the economic viability of cities, towns and main streets.

The 2009 summit built on the work of the 2008 Charlotte summit expanding knowledge of sustainable transportation networks. Members developed a statement of principles on Sustainable Transportation Networks. CNU members worked on a statement of Sustainable Network Principles (PDF) for ratification at the summit. Click here to read the preamble and the draft principles. Members drafted specific principles to augment and amplify the Charter of the New Urbanism for that was presented at the summit. Check out the Transportation Networks Initiative for more background

To learn about the latest research on street networks and safety, see Wesley Marshall’s presentation at CNU 17.

Read more about the Project for Transportation Reform(PDF).


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Presentation Slides

All of the slideshow presentations from this year's Summit are up and ready to view! Take advantage of the opportunity to review all of the key discussions that took place in Portland.

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2009 Summit Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors.

Grand Sponsor

HDR, Inc.

Tour Sponsors

Alta Planning and Design

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP



Siemens Transportation Systems, Inc.

Break for Boulevards

Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Sam Schwartz Engineering

Neighborhood Patrons

Gateway Planning Group, Inc.


Avenue Advocates

J. Armand Bombardier Foundation

Clackamas County

University of Connecticut, Center for Transportation and Urban Planning

Criterion Planners

David Evans and Associates


Portland Bureau of Transportation

National Charrette Institute

NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates

Century Groups

Otak, Inc.

CH2M Hill

Street Supporter

Charlier Associates Inc

Crabtree Group Inc.

SvR Design Company

Promotional Partners

1000 Friends of Oregon
America Walks
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Colfax Business Improvement District
Downtown Colorado INC
Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University
Local Government Commission
National Charrette Institute (NCI)
National Complete Streets Coalition
Portland Transport
Smart Growth America
Streetsblog San Francisco
The Political Environment Blogspot
The South Fraser Blog
The Urbanophile
Urban Milwaukee
Victoria Transport Policy Institute