We are a group of citizens who believe that streets should serve people. We are committed to creating awareness of the diverse benefits of improved streetscapes in the belief that it will eventually lead to an overall improved quality of life for the entire community.
Board of Directors
Moniqua Lane, President
“For me and my family and friends, our Tucson streets really have become a vibrant place to live, work and play. I support Living Streets Alliance because I want everyone in Tucson to have the same awesome experiences I do, whatever their streets look like and wherever their streets take them, whether they live downtown or out east or way out west in the desert.”
Corky Poster, Vice-President
Corky Poster has been working on urban design issues in Tucson since 1973. He operates on one principle: “people of any age, color, gender, national origin, physical ability, and income have an equal right to share in and enjoy the life of the city.” His life’s work has been to implement that simple idea.
Corky Poster is a Registered Architect, a Certified Planner (AICP) and a licensed General Contractor. Mr. Poster’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Sciences (Magna cum laude) from Harvard College (1969) and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1973). He has practiced architecture, planning and urban design in Tucson since 1973. He is one of three principals at Poster Frost Mirto. After 30 years at The University of Arizona, Mr. Poster is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) and the former Director of the Drachman Institute. He served as Acting Dean of CALA in 2002 and in 2003.
Mr. Poster’s professional work focuses on: Urban Design (especially in relation to transportation), Community/Neighborhood Planning, Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation, and Community Architecture. Mr. Poster has won numerous awards including: the Diane LeVan Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Development (1997); the Distinguished Visiting Professor (Universidad de Panama) 1999; Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2002; Governors Award for Historic Preservation, 2003; the Best Master Plan for 2004 (Arizona Planning Association); the Best Comprehensive/ General Plan for 1992 (Arizona Planning Association); National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Awards of Merit, 1994, 1996 and 2000. He is on the Advisory Board of MOCA and the Primavera Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Pima Arts Council and is Chair of the City of Tucson Housing Trust Fund. He is the co-editor of the book: From the Studio to the Streets: Service Learning in Architecture and Planning, September 2006.
Corky Poster lives in the center city of Tucson and walks and bikes whenever he can.
Duncan Benning, Treasurer & Bicycle Committee Chair
“I’m interested in making Tucson a more walkable, bikable community. LSA’s mission statement strikes very close to home for me. I grew up in a place that had (has) a great sense of community and I want my children to experience something similar. I think one of the best ways to foster that experience is to create neighborhoods that are safe and enjoyable to walk and ride in and less dependent on the automobile.”
Duncan has spent the past 15 years working in bike shops throughout Tucson, including Trek Bicycles of Tucson, Performance, Full Cycle, and more. During that time, he’s done everything form management, sales, merchandising, and buying, to the nitty-gritty work of building and fixing bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Duncan can often be seen riding his bakfiets around town, enjoying Tucson’s sunny weather with his family
Ian Johnson, Secretary
“Decisions about transportation shape our zoning, our built environment, our environmental footprint, and the health of both our selves and of our communities. They also determine how attractive our community is to the many students who graduate from the university here, and if they decide to remain in Tucson or go to other cities with a higher quality of life. Moreover, there are also issues with transportation equity; our government and tax system hugely subsidize automobile travel to the near-exclusion of other modes. I believe that if other high quality and safe options existed there would be more people using them.”
Ian Johnson has lived in Tucson for 22 years after growing up in the midwest where even as a child he used public transportation and his bicycle to go almost everywhere. Ian currently serves as the Chair of the Tucson Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee where he works to build public consensus around policies and projects that will increase Tucson’s bicycle ridership and increase the safety of those who choose to bicycle for their transportation needs. He also co-founded OpenTucson, a non-profit dedicated to opening up public data and using it and technology to make government services work better. OpenTucson’s most recent project is a mobile app that provides location-based transit data for Tucson’s bus system.
Maia Ingram, Pedestrian Campaign Committee Chair
Maia grew up in Tucson walking, biking an using public transit. While Tucson has shown commitment over the years to being a bike friendly city, extensive riding with her family has made Maia keenly aware of the challenges that still face our city and community. Tucson has grown substantially in the past 30 years and Maia is excited about working with others to ensure that as we keep growing, everyone has access to safe streets and places to play. Maia received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Arizona in 1995. Since that time she has worked with communities to help them prioritize their health concerns and pursue sustainable solutions.
“I want to help foster a sense of community and make our region more tight-knit. Streets should be the places where interaction happens and we all have to opportunity to live to our fullest potential. Changing how our streets work gives us the opportunity to change the way we use our built and natural environments. By making an area where people can more effectively interact and appreciate our neighbors, resources and landscapes, we can improve our sustainability, happiness and tackle local and regional issues more united and efficiently.”
Ben is currently an undergraduate studying Sustainable Built Environments at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture with the goal of furthering his education and pursuing a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. In addition to his academic studies, Ben is also the student president of The University of Arizona Cycling Club, stemming from a love of cycling and with the intent to connect more with the local community. He also works as the Race Director of the Old Pueblo Grand Prix and at O2 Modern Fitness, as well as giving input while currently sitting on the University of Arizona Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Ben proudly calls himself a Tucsonan, being both born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He has strong roots in Southern Arizona, with a family heritage going back generations. This connection to the local community and an appreciation for a sense of place drives his passion for fostering spaces of vibrant culture and interaction.
“For me, a walkable and bike friendly community makes a profound difference in the quality of life for everyone in that community. My wife and I are raising two kids in Tucson. When we walk or bike to downtown, or to work, or to a friends’ house, we interact directly with our neighbors and our neighborhood. We see people and pets and places that we know. We see the cycle of seasons as plants and trees bloom and seed. The routes we travel become a mental-map of experience and connection for our family. Walking and biking are also fun, healthier, don’t burn fossil fuels, and place the value of people before commerce. As a group that advocates for walking, cycling, and public transportation, Living Streets Alliance works to bring people together and shape public decisions that cultivate and build a strong community all around us, and I’m thrilled to be working with them.”
Shipherd Reed currently works as Operations and Communications Manager for the Flandrau Science Center where he works on community outreach programs for the University of Arizona College of Science. Previously he worked as the Project Coordinator for the Miners Story Project, a digital oral history project based at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum. The project collected and shares the history of mining and mining towns in the American Southwest. With an MFA in Film from the Columbia University School of the Arts, Reed worked as a freelance producer, writer, director, cameraman, and editor in Los Angeles, CA before coming to Tucson.
Growing up, my friends and I would walk, ride our bikes or take the city bus everywhere. Having a bike meant having the freedom to go as far as your legs could take you. I’m not from a small town or idyllic suburb; I’m a native Tucsonan and my home was near Grant and Craycroft. I’d like to see my son have the same experiences I was able to have; safe streets to use to get to and from school, the park and friends’ houses. I would like to see our region become even more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, where riding a bike or taking the bus to work doesn’t beg the question, “Don’t you have a car?”
Mark is a native Tucsonan and an enthusiastic supporter of bicycle commuting. He holds a MEd from Northern Arizona University and has worked with students with intellectual disabilities in TUSD for the past 14 years.
For fifteen years, Shannon Scutari has facilitated changes in Arizona’s public policy and transportation worlds, creating a path in Arizona for rail, transit, sustainability, smart growth, and transit-oriented development. Currently, she is leading the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, a unique endeavor with a $20 million fund that harnesses the collective power of public, private and non-profit organizations to build equitable transit-oriented-development along the 20-mile light rail corridor connecting Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. As a lobbyist for eleven legislative sessions and a policy advisor for two Arizona Governors (Governor Napolitano and Governor Brewer) – Shannon specializes in working with diverse constituencies and coalitions to get things done that surprise even the staunchest cynics. During her time at the Governor’s Office, Shannon led the Governor’s Growth Cabinet (15 Cabinet Agencies) to create the Arizona Smart Growth and Development Implementation Plan and the Arizona Smart Growth Scorecard that is serving as a model for growth and development performance measurements throughout the country.
As an executive with the Arizona Department of Transportation, Shannon led the team that created Arizona’s first State Rail Plan, and worked with partners to: 1) Secure $6.5M in federal and state funding to launch Arizona’s first-ever Intercity Rail Environmental Impact Statement (Phoenix-Tucson); and 2) Get Arizona on the National Rail Map with lines connecting Phoenix to LA/San Diego and Phoenix to Las Vegas.
As the Government Relations Director for the City of Tempe, Shannon helped secure political support, and federal and regional funding for the initial 20-mile Metro light rail line and future extensions.
Shannon earned her joint J.D./MBA and Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.
Emily Yetman, Executive Director
“I envision a region that is composed of a network of vibrant streets and pathways which allow all citizens to move freely through the city by foot and by bicycle on a daily basis, as part of a larger multi-modal transportation network.”
Emily Yetman received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 2011. While studying, she worked for the Drachman Institute, the community outreach arm of the College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. Prior to that, she worked at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Tucson for seven years, while building her private practice as a jewelry designer and metalsmith.
Kylie Walzak, Cyclovia Tucson Coordinator / Event Manager
Kylie Walzak is passionate about working with the population that depends on the outcomes of the planning decisions we make today- youth. Ensuring youth awareness of environmentally sustainable alternatives to the current car-centric transportation model is essential to the long-term health of our planet, our community and our selves. Kylie is most enthusiastic about encouraging youth participation in the civic process, focusing on how to practice good environmental stewardship and citizenship. Kylie has worked as an educator and outreach coordinator at BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage) and as a Spanish teacher in Tucson’s public schools. She holds a MEd from the University of Arizona and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.
Jewell Anderson, Bike Fest & Bicycle-Friendly Business Coordinator
Jewell Anderson dedicates her time to promoting healthy and responsible living and has spent the last 15 years working and volunteering to provide life-skills training to inner-city youth and advocating for environmentally responsible development. As an avid user of alternative modes of transportation in cities such as Philadelphia, New York and Seattle, she understands the importance of safe, vibrant streets. Jewell also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tonga, South Pacific promoting healthy communities and sustainable outer island development. She moved to Tucson to begin graduate studies in urban planning and architecture and continues to promote the importance of alternative modes of transportation. Her first years in Tucson included working for the Downtown Tucson Partnership as a planner encouraging responsible and sustainable urban development, vibrant streets, infill, and a multi-modal downtown. Jewell continues to be involved in community building as a Peace Corps Fellow at the University of Arizona and within the downtown area working towards a more sustainable and healthy Tucson.
Sarah Buss, Neighborhood Walkability Assessment Intern
Walking + Biking for Me = Exercise Built into my Day, Hanging out with Friends in the Park, The Breeze in my Hair, Less Pollution, Pedaling to Loft Cinema, A Quiet Moment to Brainstorm, A Commute that Wakes Me Up in the Morning, Connections with Neighbors, & Relaxed Vacation Memories! Because of all these things, I’m thrilled to be part of an organization like Living Streets Alliance that works to make our daily lives more enjoyable through their advocacy and support for biking, walking, and public transportation.
Sarah hails from Vermont and recently moved to Tucson to pursue a Masters in Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is now working to combine her health experience with a background in design in order to develop creative solutions to support our population’s health. Sarah is a returned art education Peace Corps Volunteer from Ghana. Prior to Ghana and Tucson, she lived car free in Boston for 7 years & loved it!
Lindsay Walker, Volunteer Coordination & Outreach Intern
I love how walking or biking gives you the capacity to see your surroundings and the faces of your community more vibrantly than when traveling by car. I believe active transportation is one solution to improve physical and mental health from stress caused by our society’s fast-paced antics. Living Streets Alliance is great because they bolster the value of community and improve the quality of life in Tucson by reviving activity on the streets.
Lindsay is a bona fide southern Arizonan. However, she spent her undergraduate years in Flagstaff, where she received a B.S. in Exercise Science. She is currently a student at the University of Arizona working towards a MPH in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Lindsay is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Ecuador, often accompanied by her favorite souvenir- su perro, Dude.