Former Obama transpo secretary will headline Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Charles Brown (L) and Anthony Foxx will deliver keynote speeches on April 25th.
(Photos: Brown, Rutgers University; Foxx, Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Active Transportation Summit will take place April 24th through the 26th at the Oregon Zoo. The annual conference is organized by The Street Trust and features a full slate of mobile workshops, plenary sessions, professional training, and networking opportunities.

Headlining the summit’s main day — Thursday, April 25th — will be a noted researcher and a Cabinet Secretary for former President Barack Obama.

Former Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx spent four years as Obama’s Transportation Secretary and as of last October works for Lyft as their chief policy officer. Foxx visited Portland in 2016 as part of the US Department of Transportation’s “Smart City” initiative.


Charles Brown is a senior researcher at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Mr. Brown will deliver the lunch keynote. In 2018 he was nominated for a “Streetsie Advocate of the Year” award by Streetsblog Los Angeles for his, “important work on the intersections of race and mobility.”

In a statement about the event, The Street Trust Executive Director Jillian Detweiler said, “This year, many sessions address ways to achieve more equitable outcomes from our transportation system.”

Among the topics of Thursday’s breakout sessions are: Voices From Williams Avenue; Designing Safe Streets for Pedestrians of Color: The Intersection of Equity Engineering and Vision Zero; Inclusive Bike and Scooter Share; Creating Bike Networks; Let’s (Not) Talk About Congestion; and more.

After a day of interesting keynotes and sessions, The Street Trust will host a Pecha Kucha event at Rock Bottom Brewery. Unwind with friends old and new as you listen to a series of short and stimulating presentations on a variety of transportation-related presentations.

Register for the event and view the full schedule here.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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David Hampsten
David Hampsten
4 years ago

I heard Foxx speak at a USDOT function at their HQ in 2016. He’s very good.

todd boulanger
todd boulanger
4 years ago

Hearing Anthony Foxx’s name make me remember back to greener days…its seems so much further “ago” than 2 years. Secretary Chao has been so quiet (compared to most Trump appointees) I get worried.

Sadly I will miss the OATS this year…

Though with Mr. Foxx’s work for Lyft [given his past focus on transport safety], I hope OATS folks ask him how Lyft is approaching e-scooters differently for the purposes of traffic safety of the scooter customer (other than the Lime / Bird / ____ party line” ‘more scooters = less cars, nuff said’) given the overly negative health comes the mass introduction of this mode seems to be creating for many operators world wide. (So much so I wonder when the CDC or UN will have to intercede.;-)

Especially given Lyft’s highlight of Mr. Foxx’s past work in his hire memo:’DOT established a first-ever policy framework for the SAFE INTEGRATION of self-driving vehicles’…