Our conference was founded on the belief that greater access to walking and bicycling will create healthier individuals, cohesive neighborhoods, and vibrant communities.
We started with a hundred idealistic cyclists in 1980 and we 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. We meet every two years for three days and we have grown over 10-fold in our 30+ year history.
The 20th Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans is expected to draw 1,500+ city planners, transportation engineers, public health professionals, elected officials, community leaders, and professional walking and bicycling advocates.
Our breakout sessions, panel discussions, and mobile workshops 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.
To get a sense of our conference programming, peruse our 2016 schedule for session highlights, and research found here.