How Cities Can Move Faster

Join us as Sara Studdard &  Zoe Kircos of City Thread as they discuss why it takes so long to make changes to city streets and spaces and how the process can be improved. 

Thursday, October 13, 2022

1:00pm - 2:00pm EASTERN

We’ve seen it happen and we know: cities can move faster….

We came together because we had the same question: why does it take so long to make changes to city streets and spaces?

We’re tired of waiting. You should be, too.

Our Accelerated Mobility Playbook (AMP)– a set of strategies focused on rapid implementation of mobility infrastructure projects – is the result of years of work in this area.

Sounds great, but does it work?

The work that City Thread partners led in five cities provides proof of concept. We set out to answer this question: Could these cities build 35-100 miles of high quality bike lanes, while meaningfully and authentically engaging community members and responding to their feedback, in just two years?

The answer is yes.

AMP builds off of the success of these cities, preparing cities to move forward together faster, making the most of local coalitions and avoiding the familiar roadblocks.



Zoe Kircos, Partner brings 20 years of philanthropy, fund development, communications, and grant management expertise – and her own blend of humor and compassion – to all her work. Building thoughtful collaborations and centering the needs and vision of project partners are an essential part of Zoe’s approach. She has deep experience integrating equity into shared micromobility and spotlighting the stories of people leading innovative and powerful social and transportation justice work in their communities.


Sara Studdard, Partner is a communications and community engagement professional with 15 years experience leading capacity building and storytelling initiatives grounded in equitable and inclusive practices that value people and their communities. Her passion is working with stakeholders - from elected officials to residents - as she guides organizations to use their resources for growth and good. Sara is recognized as a national leader for her ability to launch campaigns, build programs, and raise funds that support resident-led mobility, urban planning, and public space activations.

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