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Safe and Smooth 2015 - Better roads to better places

Safer Calgary

Safe and Smooth 2015 - Better roads to better places
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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full Symposium (includes meals) 1 hour before event starts $60.00 $2.70
Day One (March 18) ONLY 1 hour before event starts $45.00 $2.18
Day Two (March 19) ONLY 1 hour before event starts $30.00 $1.65

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Join Safer Calgary on March 18 and 19 at Fort Calgary to work on better roads to better places for more people 

Calgary (as are other cities) is heavily engaged in efforts to improve the walkable realm and increase the number of people using active transportation modes to get around (cycling, walking and to some extent public transit). There are a number of important principles and nuances that apply in all situations that are necessary to understand to make sure we create successful implementations that result in the desired improvements.

The Safe and Smooth symposium is focused on generating these successful outcomes and doing it in a way that is both Safe and Smooth (naturally).



The main themes run through all sessions relating to both theoretical underpinnings and direct application examples:

  • Change and its system effects - making it work
  • The effects of the built and natural environment on behaviour
  • Seizing power - the role of tactical urbanism

With the help of students from the university here in Calgary and in the Netherlands. The symposium features a real-life target example in the community of Bridgeland-Riverside.

This gives us an opportunity to consider a very specific situation and then generalize to how certain concepts and interventions would apply in other parts of Calgary or wherever you come from.

Here is a brief summary of the sessions you will encounter during the symposium:

  • Political change realities - getting buy-in to change the status quo
  • Systems thinking and change - exploring the often less than obvious effects of decisions and other interventions
  • The Green Shift - the powerful but quiet effects of green on your place and transportation choices
  • Shared Chaos? - a technical discussion of the application of deregulated self-organizing (sort of) shared spaces
  • Safe and SmoothTechnology - simulators, applications for tracking and creating behaviour incentives and more
  • Thinking about Sustainable Safety and Vision Zero approaches to mobility in urban areas and beyond
  • Bridgeland-Riverside Field Trip with pop-up physical interventions
  • Invited sessions - a chance for you to present a short discussion or poster of a related topic that you are working on 

David Engwicht (Australia)

Ways to change your neighbourhood using people power

Ben Hamilton-Baille (UK)

Designing for self-organizing shared spaces (details matter)

Fred Wegman (Netherlands)

Leading the politics of change to increase road safety and the impact of Sustainable Safety principles

Paul van de Coevering (Netherlands)

How the built environment affects behaviour (current research)

Robert van Dongen (Netherlands)

How the ‘green’ environment affects behaviour (current research - you will be immersed in the experiment)

Greg Hart and Ryan Martinson (Can)

Working with system design to get the behaviours we expect


This is no ordinary conference. We learn much more when we are in an environment where we are participating. You can expect a wide variety of experiences at the Safe and Smooth symposium. These are just a few:

Panels, Interviews, Workshops, Interactive Exhibits, Participative Experiments, Rapid Sessions, Field Trip (complete with pop-up physical interventions) and more.



We have recruited a suite of outstanding provocateurs from both near and far, representing all sorts of diverse perspectives, who can provocate (we know it’s not a word) authoritatively on the subjects at hand. We will announce a final roster closer to the event. Stay tuned.


There is also a limited opportunity for YOU to come to the event and tell us what you are up to that relates to the symposium. If you are interested in a poster presentation or giving a 20x20 style short talk (under ten minutes), please contact us at


Why Safe and Smooth?


Well, safe … seems pretty obvious. Especially for an organization like Safer Calgary. It’s all about harm prevention. But with a wrinkle, or perhaps more accurately, WITHOUT a wrinkle. That is where the smooth part comes in. Changing cities should not be a struggle or warfare between cars and pedestrians, we instead like to see changes that result in a smoother experience for all users.


Who should be there?


We have designed the event so that it will benefit everyone most if there is a strong mix of differing perspectives. We believe this is the crucible of learning and innovation. So if you have a great passion for a better urban life or you’re involved in designing, engineering or keeping urban spaces safe. Basically anyone who likes to move from interesting place to interesting place without getting hurt – even in a car.


The Benefit


In order for you to take the better part of two days out of your life, this whole thing needs to pass along a considerable value. In fact, it needs to change your life. And, through your participation, you need to help change the lives of others. We are convinced this will happen.


Fees and Accommodations


We are keeping this as low as possible. The conference fee includes your breakfast and lunch for both days and entrance to the Gala on Thursday night


$60 plus GST  


If you really want to be here and the cost is a barrier, then you should email and tell us why we can’t make it without you and we’ll consider a subsidy to help you out. We don’t want there to be barriers to participation that we can avoid if necessary.



For those of you coming from outside Calgary, we can make arrangements for you at a variety of price (and luxury) levels. Let us know as soon as possible at and we’ll make it happen.





Wednesday March 18th

Thursday March 19th





Welcome and Introductory Session

The Effects of ‘Green’ - van Dongen


Change and Sustainable Safety - Wegman




Five Active Concepts Bridgeland - NHTV Students





Designing for Self-Organizing Spaces - Baillie

Invited Presentations (Winter, Walking, and more)






Field Trip to Bridgeland to see concepts in action



Includes Lunch and bus ride back


Systems Design - Hart and Martinson






Effects of the Built Environment - van de Coevering






People Power - Engwicht

Closing Panel - Challenges and Opportunities





Transportation and Behaviour Technology



Day ends

Day ends






Art and Science of Walking - Evening Spectacular

Have questions about Safe and Smooth 2015 - Better roads to better places? Contact Safer Calgary

When & Where

Fort Calgary

Calgary, AB T2G 5E1


Safer Calgary

With the goal of reducing both intentional and unintentional injuries in Calgary, Safer Calgary is an umbrella organization that has coordinated safety promotion and violence prevention. It has increasingly gone to working with issues around livability and built environment influences of life in the city.

There are dozens of organizations in Calgary that represent a cross-section of the local community networks and social structure of the city. Safer Calgary provides a network for these organizations.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Safe Communities Foundation (SCF) designated Calgary as a Safe Community in April 2003. Calgary participates on an international and national level in the WHO and SCF networks in order to share its safety promotion and injury reduction experiences and learn from others.

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