Walk/Bike/Places 2020
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The premier conference in North America for walking, bicycling, and placemaking professionals from the public and private sectors.

Walk/Bike/Places strives to be the most informative and progressive active transportation conference in North America. Produced by Project for Public Spaces, the event consists of  nearly 100 participant-led breakout sessions and locally-led workshops, as well as opportunities for experiential learning by walking and biking through the streets and other public spaces of the host city.

Due to COVID-19, this year Walk/Bike/Places will take place entirely online. The program will still feature a wide range of breakout sessions, as well as the more inventive session formats you have come to expect from Walk/Bike/Places. Along with reduced registration fees, we hope that this shift online will also allow us to reach an even broader audience.


The focus of this year’s event is Implementation - how we “get things done”. We look forward to featuring a program that moves government from the local to the federal level to build public spaces and transportation systems that preserve the health and safety of all users, promote social connections, and reduce our environmental impact.

To support the conference focus, we have 7 tracks: Place, Planning, Transit, Health, Infrastructure, Excellence, and Advocacy. CM credits will be available for this event.

Since the event was founded in 1980, Walk/Bike/Places has focused on leaving a positive legacy in our host city, tackling the most important and challenging issues of our day (climate change, resource scarcity, discrimination, and economic inequality), and making the conference a place where new and diverse voices are heard.

Given how COVID-19, and recently the protests across the United States, have impacted the public realm, this online event gives us the chance to highlight some of the challenging work taking place right now in active transportation, public space, and public health. Ultimately, we aim to deliver a program that shows examples of how our public spaces can serve as part of our social, economic and even emotional recovery.


The streets, squares, corners, buildings, neighborhoods and locations that are special to us, and anchor a community. Placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, Parklets, Public Markets, Downtowns.


Setting the vision, goals, objectives and process for moving us towards a more just and sustainable society. Zoning, Land Use, Form-Based Code, Data, Modeling, Outreach, Public Engagement, Project Evaluation, Economic Development.


The management and operation of vehicles and infrastructure for the most efficient movement of people. Micro-mobility, Ride Hailing Apps, Bike Share, Transit Oriented Development, Multimodal Hubs, Congestion Pricing, Demand Management, BRT, First/Last Mile.


Creating environments where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can lead healthy, happy and productive lives. Active Living, Injury Prevention, Environmental Justice, Education, Mental Well-Being, Social Capital, Friendships, Physical Health, Violence Prevention, Nutrition.


The streets, sidewalks, multi-use trails, and information that moves us. Woonerfs, Shared Spaces, Traffic Calming, Bike Parking, Multi Use Trails, Sidewalks, Streets, Cycle Tracks, Bike Lanes, Advisory Bike Lanes, Rapid Implementation.


Building the organizations and building the skills of those who will fiercely defend the public interest. Running for Office, Registering a Non-Profit, Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Strategic Planning, Campaigns, Budgeting, Fundraising.


Simply put: supporting a cause, and getting what we want. Funding, Referendums, Legislation, Public Policy.


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Download a Schedule at a Glance here. Click above for full program.

Monday, Aug 3

Sponsor and Partner Kick Off Sessions
11:00 - 12:30pm ET
Poster Lunch Hour - Vote For Your Favorite!
1:00 - 2:00pm ET
General Session - Welcome and Panel 1 & 2
2:30 - 5:00pm ET
Virtual Happy Hour
5:30 - 7:00pm ET

Tuesday, Aug 4

Virtual Mobile Workshops
11:00 - 12:30pm ET
Indianapolis Sessions Period 1
1:30 - 3:00pm ET
Indianapolis Sessions Period 2
3:30 - 5:00pm ET
Virtual Walk with America Walks
5:30 - 6:30pm ET
Virtual Beers With Engineers
6:30 - 7:30pm ET

Wednesday, Aug 5

BreakOut Sessions Period 1
11:00 - 12:30pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 2
1:30 - 3:00pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 3
4:00 - 5:30pm ET
Virtual Happy Hour with America Walks
6:00 - 7:00pm ET

Thursday, Aug 6

BreakOut Sessions
Period 1
10:00 - 11:30pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 2
12:30 - 2:00pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 3
3:00 - 4:30pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 4
5:30 - 7:00pm ET

Friday, AUG 7

BreakOut Sessions
Period 1
11:00 - 12:30pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 2
1:30 - 3:00pm ET
BreakOut Sessions
Period 3
4:00 - 5:30pm ET
Closing Moment
5:30pm ET


We might not physically be in Indianapolis, but it is still our host city, and the conference program will provide a glimpse into how they are adapting to current world events on the ground.

While the city is perhaps best known for the Indy 500, it has been transforming itself over the past decade to celebrate other forms of transportation. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which melds transportation and placemaking, is the crown jewel of the city's downtown. The trail, along with Indy's greenway, blueways, protected bike lanes, and bus rapid transit system, have lured employers, residents, and events such as ours. Parks, markets and other public spaces have also been important catalysts for the city's redevelopment. And the city’s creative placemaking projects are some of the most inspired we’ve seen.

Our in-person conference will now take place in 2021 in Indianapolis, so join us as we begin to learn from this great American city, and see what is in store for next year.

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From the Blog

The Recovery Will Happen in Public Space
May 16, 2020
Ready to Ride? Come Explore the Legendary Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Feb 28, 2020
Getting Stuff Done at Walk/Bike/Places 2020 in Indianapolis
Nov 29, 2019
Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit
Oct 8, 2018
Walk/Bike/Places and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles
Jan 10, 2017
May 24, 2018
Nov 2, 2015


If you have questions email the organizing team at program@walkbikeplaces.org.  

Photos courtesy Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Big Car, & Urban Indy
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