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Matthew Roe

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
Director, Designing Cities Initiatives
New York, NY

Matthew Roe joined NACTO in 2014. As Director of the Designing Cities Initiative, he leads the organization’s work with city professionals across North America, developing design guidance, training practitioners, and facilitating the NACTO peer networks.

Matthew is an urban transportation planner with nearly a decade of experience in planning and implementing great streets. At the New York City Department of Transportation, Matthew helped introduce an evidence-based approach to the Department’s globally recognized street design programs, leading a safety planning and research team. He is most proud of having implemented or shaped dozens of major street redesign projects through the High-Crash Corridor Program, a multi-year, multi-office effort that transformed over 80 miles of thoroughfares into pedestrian and bicyclist-friendly streets.  Matthew led the 2010 New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, one of the nation’s first research-based safety plans, and contributed to the 2013 Making Safer Streets report. His academic publications focus on the causes of pedestrian injuries in urban settings, and safety evaluation of street redesigns. As part of a one-year project at EMBARQ-Mexico, Matthew developed the first citywide and statewide pedestrian safety plans in Mexico, and conducted street safety audits and trainings in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Leon and Queretaro.

Matthew holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Studies from Wesleyan University.