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Streets Summit to open Thursday

Having streets that accommodate cars, bikes, public transit and pedestrians can be good for the economy, the environment and individual health.

That's the basis for the Buffalo Complete Streets Summit, a two-day seminar presented by GO Bike Buffalo, formerly Green Options Buffalo, which starts Thursday.

The two-day event will begin with a panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

It will include an invitation-only meeting of local policymakers Friday in the University at Buffalo's Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware.

Howard A. Zemsky, co-chairman of the Western New York Regional Development Council, will be the keynote speaker at a Friday luncheon.

Thursday's panel includes Tavis Dockwiller, a green infrastructure expert from Viridian Landscape Studio in Philadelphia; Gail Dorfman, a county commissioner in Hennepin County, Minn.; Jeff Olson, of Alta Planning and Design in Saratoga Springs; and Sam Zimbabwe, a transit and sustainable development advocate from the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.

The panel will be moderated by Robert Shibley, dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning, and WBFO-FM and WNED-AM reporter Daniel Robison.

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