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Our conference was founded on the belief that greater access to walking and bicycling will create healthier individuals, cohesive neighborhoods, and vibrant communities.

To think, first we started with a hundred idealistic cyclists in 1980 and called ourselves Pro Bike. Then we evolved because we found common cause with walking: streets that are unsafe for biking are also difficult to cross for pedestrians. In 2012, under the stewardship of Project for Public Spaces, we added the final piece: Place. Now we meet every two years for three days and have grown over 10-fold in our 30+ year history.

Walk/Bike/Places 2018 will take place September 16-19 in New Orleans at the Downtown Sheraton, and is expected to draw 1,500+ city planners, transportation engineers, public health professionals, elected officials, community leaders, placemakers, and professional walking and bicycling advocates.

Working closely alongside our local partner Bike Easy and our Local Host Committee, this year's host city will help us understand how great streets, shared spaces, historic architecture and other elements of the built environment play a key part in creating its unique culture. Together we will also explore how one of the most socially and culturally diverse cities in the U.S. provides a landscape that supports cooperation and creativity across the board—from art, to music, to gastronomy.

Program

Walk/Bike/Places 2018 will feature 3 days of over 80 breakout sessions, poster displays, daily general sessions and most excitingly, mobile workshops that will explore the city’s rich historic and cultural landscape. This year we are also including something new: Super Sessions, three-hour expert panels which will offer a deep dive into major topics of interest to all conversations surrounding walking, biking and placemaking. View the full program now!

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, Sep 16

Mobile Workshops and Special Meetings
1–5pm
Registration Desk Opens at 3pm

Monday, Sep 17

Cont. Breakfast
7:30–8:30am
Mobile Workshops and Super Sessions
8:30-12pm
Opening Plenary
12-1pm
Breakout Periods 1-3
1–5pm
Poster Display A and Reception
5:30–7pm
Evening Activities
7pm

Tuesday, Sep 18

Cont. Breakfast
7:30–8:30am
Mobile Workshops and Super Sessions
8:30-12pm
Lunch on your own
12-1pm
Breakout Periods 4-6
1–5pm
Poster Display B and Reception
5:30–7pm
Evening Activities
7pm

Wednesday, Sep 19

Cont. Breakfast
7:30–8:30am
Mobile Workshops and Special Summits
8:30-12pm
Closing Plenary
12-1pm
Breakout Periods 7-9
1–5pm
Closing Reception
7pm

Walk/Bike/Places Conference will convene in New Orleans, September 16-19, 2018. The timing could not be more perfect, as New Orleans will be celebrating its 300th birthday while we celebrate our 20th conference! Join us for a remarkable experience in a city that is best appreciated by foot, and traverse some of the 2,650 miles of sidewalks that connect the city's culturally vibrant neighborhoods and places.

If you prefer to bike, rest assured that New Orleans has you covered with bike share, which will launch in 2017. And if statistics are your thing, New Orleans's 2.8 percent bike-to-work mode share beats all but 7 of the most populous U.S. cities. For our placemakers, we cannot think of a more unique and vibrant city in North America. At the conference you will enjoy dynamic public spaces brimming with music, art, and people. But most of all, in this city full of improvisation and life, you will directly experience what Jane Jacobs called the "ballet of the sidewalk.” We can't wait to meet you in New Orleans!

From the Blog

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DEEP DIVE INTO NEW “SUPER SESSIONS” AT WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2018
Jun 14, 2018
PAPER MONUMENTS: THE POWER OF PLACE MEMORY AT WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2018
May 24, 2018
EQUITY AT WALK/BIKE/PLACES
May 18, 2018
EARLY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2018 IN NEW ORLEANS
Feb 28, 2018
CALLING ALL PLACEMAKERS! LAST CHANCE TO PRESENT AT WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2018
Jan 29, 2018
Walk/Bike/Places 2018 and Inequality
Jan 16, 2018
Walk/Bike/Places and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles
Jan 10, 2017
Announcing Walk/Bike/Places 2018!
Apr 25, 2017

Connect

If you have questions or are interested in being a 2018 conference sponsor or exhibitor email program@walkbikeplaces.org or contact Mark Plotz, (202) 518-0524 Ext 224.


Sponsorship Invitation Package
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