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Paul Steely White

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Paul Steely White is the Director of Safety Policy and Advocacy for Bird. Prior to joining Bird in 2018, Paul served for 14 years as the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation. Paul currently serves as chairman of Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a New York City based NGO that works around the world to design and implement high quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable

In 2011, Mr. White was selected to receive the Rockefeller Foundation's Jane Jacobs Medal, which recognizes those whose creative uses of the urban environment build a more diverse, dynamic, and equitable city. In 2015, Paul was recognized by the New York Academy of Medicine for his work to make streets safer and healthier. He took a leadership role in making New York the nation's first US city to embrace Vision Zero, and that work has resulted in hundreds of lives saved in few years since its adoption. Paul is a thought leader in transportation whose name appears regularly in the New York Times and other leading media outlets in NYC and beyond.

Paul relishes his weekends, largely spent frolicking on the Brooklyn waterfront with his wife Zoe and their ten-year-old daughter Anna Jane and 4 year old twins Ivy and Ray.

Paul lives for his city’s active transport and crash reduction ambitions.
— Graeme R, 2018 Trafinz delegate