Walk/Bike/Place 2018 and Creating Place

Sam Goater of Street Plans at Walk/Bike/Places 2016. Photo by Bri W.

The Walk/Bike/Places Call for Proposals is open until 8 pm Eastern, February 2, 2018. Start your proposal here. For the latest conference news follow Walk/Bike/Places

Great streets aren’t just multimodal; they’re multipurpose. Only when we start to treat streets as places — as public spaces in their own right, made for and by the people that use them — will we maximize the impact that transportation infrastructure can have on sustainability, health and wellbeing, and economic development, and start distributing these benefits more fairly.

So ask yourself: beyond just moving people, how hard are the streets working in your city?

When the Walk/Bike/Places conference convenes in New Orleans this September 16–19, place will be a primary focus. The dimensions of place will be explored through mobile workshops, a dedicated conference track, networking events with PPS and other thought leaders, and a deep-dive “Super Session” — the latter of which will consider some of the following questions:

  • How do our systems of governance, policy, disciplines and funding need to evolve in order to address the multipurpose nature of streets and transportation infrastructure? Just like dated professional standards, regulations and politics have hampered active transportation for so long, there are many obstacles to implementing a more vital public realm. How are leading municipalities and other organizations not only building better streets, but building better systems that affect the entire urban fabric?
  • What are the conflicts between public space uses and mobility? How can they be resolved or mitigated? As the recent King Street Streetcar Pilot in Toronto has demonstrated, sometimes the different users of a street have different priorities (or perceptions of reality, as the case may be). How do we negotiate the technical and political conflicts between parking and seating, or street vendors and streetcars, or historic preservation and universal accessibility?
  • How is the “lingering” behavior of pedestrians changing, and how do we adapt? Lifestyles, economics, transit usage, and many other forces shape how people act in public space. How are our streets adapting to these new trends? For example, what will the changing economics of retail mean for the sidewalk ballet?
  • What new strategies are making community engagement more accessible, effective and exciting? How can we make public process less reactive and more proactive and creative? How do we make sure these processes are at times and places convenient for all, and in methods that are approachable and interesting? How do we better connect consultation to action, ensuring that community members stay involved and gain trust in our work?

Does your agency or organization incorporate placemaking and active transportation? If so, please join us and share your experience by applying to present at Walk/Bike/Places 2018. Begin your application here and when prompted select “Breakout Session Panelist” and “Creating Place” as your topic. Please submit your proposal by 8 pm Eastern, February 2, 2018 to be considered for the program.

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Walk/Bike/Places is North America’s largest active transportation and placemaking conference. Creating Place is only one of many topics that will be addressed by our conference program. For more details about our Call for Proposals and conference outcomes, please visit www.walkbikeplaces.org/proposals. The deadline for all proposals is 8 pm Eastern, February 2, 2018.

For information about becoming a conference sponsor or exhibitor please contact sponsors@walkbikeplaces.org. For the latest news follow us at Walk/Bike/Places. Walk/Bike/Places was established in 1980 and is produced by Project for Public Spaces.

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