As Director of the Designing Cities Initiative at NACTO, Matthew Roe leads the organization’s street design work in North America. He oversaw the recently published Transit Street Design Guide, and works with NACTO’s unique peer networks to spread good ideas, connect people and places, and build design knowledge. He loves working with cities to bring street designs to life at every project stage, leading the Transit Program Accelerator and design workshops in NACTO cities.
Matthew is an urban transportation planner with a decade of experience in planning and implementing great streets, most of it in city government. At the New York City Department of Transportation, he introduced an evidence-based approach to the Department’s globally recognized street design programs, now expanded under Vision Zero, and contributed to dozens of major street redesign projects spanning 80 miles of streets on high-crash corridors. Matthew led the development of 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 passion for informed, people-centered street design animates his work with and on behalf of cities.
Matthew’s academic publications focus on the causes of pedestrian injuries in urban settings, and safety evaluation of street redesigns. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Studies from Wesleyan University.