Our conference was founded on the belief that greater access to walking and bicycling will create healthier individuals, cohesive neighborhoods, and vibrant communities.
Started by a hundred idealistic cyclists in 1980 as Pro Bike, the conference evolved to include walking—Pro Walk/Pro Bike—and, in 2012, under the stewardship of Project for Public Spaces, we incorporated Placemaking, creating new partnership opportunities and enhancing the movement’s potential impact on communities.
The 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh is expected to draw 1,000 city planners, transportation engineers, public health advocates, elected officials, community leaders, and professional walking and bicycling advocates.
Over 100 breakout sessions, panel discussions, and poster sessions address the latest trends, research, and best practices. Plenary speakers bring perspectives from other disciplines, and other experiences to help improve and expand our practice.
Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 is organized into four tracks: Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain. Each track reflects a stage that a community moves through as it progress towards its ideal of becoming a place where people of all abilities can ages can walk and bike freely and comfortably. Change is about advocacy; Connect is about infrastructure; Prosper is about the health and economic benefits of the connected community; and Sustain is about applying our solutions to other challenges such as energy, climate change, and inequality.
To get a better sense of the people and sessions may look like click here for some sample sessions and check out the 2012 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/ Pro Place conference schedule here.