CityFest Luncheon

Thursday, November 8th

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Pearl Stable

Keynote Speaker: Gil Penalosa, Founder, 8 80 Cities

Gil Penalosa and his brother, Enrique, the mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed Cíclovía, conceived and launched in that Colombian city, into a global phenomenon. San Antonio closes three miles of streets twice a year, while Bogotá closes 80 miles of streets every Sunday. Mexico City now closes all nine miles of Avenida Reforma every Sunday.

In his current work Gil consults on urban core livability and sustainability in cities ranging from Singapore to Paris to, yes, Brownsville and McAllen. His inspiring TEDtalk in China on mobility being the path to better community health is the perfect message for San Antonio as it wrestles with epidemic levels of adult and adolescent obesity and Type II diabetes, and seeks to compete with other leading edge cities on improved walkability, bike lanes, scooter use, and 21st century mass transit options.

Individual tickets:

$75 general admission

$65 Rivard Report member price (with promo code)

Table sponsorship:

$1,250 - $25,000

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“When we evaluate cities,

one of my perceptions is we should evaluate cities on how we treat the most vulnerable people – and that’s one of the things I’m going to be talking about. I think the most vulnerable are the children, the older adults, and the poor.”