Pro Walk/Pro Bike®: Pro Place, the leading international conference on Walking, Bicycling, and creating great communities through Placemaking, with more than 100 program sessions, mobile workshops, and problem-solving workshops. In 2014, we will be heading to Pittsburgh, please join us.

Who attended
Pro Walk/Pro Bike®?

More than 1,000 people, including:

  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Advocates and civic leaders
  • Government officials
  • Public health professionals
  • Architects and landscape architects

What Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 offered:

  • 133.5 CM credits for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners and 108 credits for AIA members.
  • Coverage of the hottest walking and bicycling topics and technologies, including Bike Share, Open Streets, Placemaking, and Cycletracks.
  • Great networking with 1,000 attendees from diverse sectors
  • Problem solving workshops and sessions to help you build coalitions, create great plans and designs, and grow the political support and funding you need
  • Sessions on Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, Public Health and Transportation, and Bike-Ped Data and Performance Measures
  • A chance to experience one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities: Long Beach has installed 130 miles of bike trails, created bike boulevards and bike-friendly business districts, and installed 1,200 new bike racks.
  • Special rates for PWPB attendees on a How to Turn a Place Around Placemaking training course that directly followed the conference in Long Beach.

Established in 1980, the 17th meeting of Pro Walk/Pro Bike featured exciting and provocative keynotes including:

Mikael Colville-Andersen, Denmark’s iconoclastic Bicycle Ambassador and CEO at Copenhagenize Consulting, who coined the phrase Cycle Chic and launched the worldwide movement in 2006. Mikael and his team advise cities around the world in all matters regarding the bicycle, including infrastructure, planning and communication strategies. More about Mikael.

Fred Kent, founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, who studied with Margaret Mead and William H. Whyte, and whose work laid the foundation for New York City’s livability renaissance. More about Fred.
John Norquist, President and CEO of Congress for the New Urbanism, Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004, and a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year. More about John.
Dan Burden, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, and one of the first and most influential persons to recognize the community building potential of walking and bicycling. Follow Dan’s blog at AARP.
Dr. Suja Lowenthal, Council Member, City of Long Beach, and all-around champion of more walking and biking for health, equity, and economic development. More about Suja.


Charlie Gandy is a nationally recognized expert in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy, community design, and trail planning and design. The founder of BikeTexas, and the Thunderhead Retreat, he is a popular consultant, speaker and trainer on the leading edge of the livability conversation. More about Charlie.
Sharon Z. Roerty,  AICP/PP, is a Senior Program Office at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former Executive Director of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. She is an environmental planner who has worked at the intersection of health and transportation for years. More about Sharon.
Richard J. Jackson, MD MPH, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is one of the country’s foremost experts and advocates on how the design of our communities and streets impacts today’s epidemics of obesity and related diseases. More about Dick.
John Horsley, Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), works with state Departments of Transportation and transportation professionals throughout the country. He served as Associate Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1993 to 1999. More about Johna.
Ryan Snyder, President of Ryan Snyder Associates, LLC, is an expert on designing walkable, bikeable, livable communities and streets. His firm spearheaded the development of the groundbreaking Model Design Manual for Living Streets. More about Ryan.