About the Event
This year’s Spring Luncheon will feature Caroline Samponaro, a longtime bike and pedestrian advocate in New York City who now leads micromobility policy at Lyft. Samponaro’s discussion will touch upon the lessons from her own professional journey and dive into Lyft’s new role as the largest bikeshare operator in America.
Her presentation will also explore what’s changing and what’s working across the larger shared mobility industry—from the quick rise of the electric scooter to Lyft’s expansion of pioneering bikeshare networks across the country. In addition, Samponaro will examine issues ranging from safe streets to transportation equity, as well as what the future holds for our transportation networks and cities.
Caroline Samponaro, head of bike, scooter, and pedestrian policy at Lyft, joined the company in 2018 to start its new bike and pedestrian policy program. In this role, Caroline will lead efforts to form strong partnerships with cities on policy initiatives like Vision Zero and complete street redesigns, as well as help realize specific goals around bike and scooter shared mobility.
Prior to Lyft, Caroline spent 2 months at ofo, and prior to that 12 years as deputy director of Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) in New York City. At TransAlt, Caroline led the advocacy campaigns to bring Vision Zero to the United States; establish the country’s largest bike share program, Citi Bike; and set national standards for urban complete street design. In 2013, in partnership with traffic violence victims, Caroline founded Families for Safe Streets, a grassroots, victim-led movement to eradicate reckless driving that now has chapters in cities across the United States. Caroline holds a BA in anthropology from Columbia University.
- Register online
- Cost: $40. University of Minnesota students who are members of ITSO or PSO, or majoring in a transportation-related field, may attend for free.
- Please register by May 30. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
Parking and Transit
The hotel is located approximately one block east of the Green Line's East Bank Station on Washington Avenue. For information about bus routes serving the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, please visit the Metro Transit website.