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Speaker Series 9/24 at 4pm – Ambar Johnson, LivableStreets Alliance: Sidewalks and the Fluidity of Mobility

Please join us for today’s XD guest lecture by Ambar Johnson, Program Director for LivableStreets at 4pm in Ryder 427 who will talk about Sidewalks and the Fluidity of Mobility.


Ambar is the Program Director for LivableStreets, overseeing Vision Zero, Better Buses, and managing all aspects of the Emerald Network including advocacy, project oversight, and technical assistance. Ambar’s work is guided by her belief that “transportation is freedom” to create abundant, safe and accessible infrastructure and options. Previously, she served as a transportation planner at VHB, leading technical analysis for a range of transit feasibility studies and comprehensive plans in the Southeast. Before that, she worked with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and her neighbors to expand Relay Bike Share by using transportation as a tool for community building.

Her past work includes:

  • City of Atlanta’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan: I was responsible for writing, research, and community engagement for the Pedestrian Facilities Report of this multi-part Comprehensive Plan, including data analysis and map creation using ArcGIS. Many of my photographs are featured in these documents as well. I was also responsible for the project’s social media presence by managing and creating on Instagram, Twitter, and the project website. This plan has been adopted by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in December 2018. Access to technical memorandums of this report, including the pedestrian facilities report, can be found here.
  • Aerotropolis Transit Feasibility Study : The purpose of this study is to find potential solutions to serve public and private constituencies to meet transit, economic, and community needs for the Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts (AACIDs). In this study, I was task lead for completing data, research, analysis, map creation, and technical writing for the existing conditions report.
  • Relay Bike Share: In partnership with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and other local non-profits, a cohort of ten southwest Atlantan neighbors were tasked with marketing and education of Atlanta’s newest transportation system, Relay Bike Share. In two generations of bike champs we collectively grew Relay from 22 to 1,000 bikes, compounding the geography of the system with each new cohort of bike champs. capturing international attention with the Institute of Transportation Development and Policy’s Bikeshare Planning Guide, stating that our community engagement methods are “a model for inclusive bike share.”
  • Women on the Map: In response to Google’s lack of diversity and inclusion in their Google Doodle’s, SPARK Movement created Women on the Map, an innovative and educational project of SPARK Movement hosted on Field Trip, a mapping app by Google. When you download Field Trip and turn on SPARK’s Women on the Map, your phone will buzz when you approach a place where a woman made history. This has been featured on TimeCNN, Huffington Post, and more.
  • Emerald Network: One of Ambar’s responsibilities as Program Director is making the vision of the Emerald Network a reality by connecting and completing the Emerald Network, a 200+ mile network of linked greenway paths across Metro Boston. When completed, the Emerald Network will be a system of safe, non-motorized pathways that parallel routes that many people already travel for commutes, pleasure, and exercise. As the network expands connections to transit, jobs, and open space, it has the power to transform how we get around our city and the region.


Here’s a list of the series and future speakers:

XD Fall 2019 Speaker Series