Long Beach CA – The popular speaker and “Bicycle Anthropologist” Mikael Colville-Andersen, who launched the growing worldwide Cycle Chic movement from his Copenhagenize.com blog in 2006, will be a keynote presenter at  North America’s premiere conference for walking and biking professionals in Long Beach California September 10-13, 2012 Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place.

For over thirty years Pro Walk/Pro Bike has created the most leading edge, “hands on,” professional development conference for those interested in more and better walking and bicycling in our communities. This prestigious international conference is attended by advocates, elected officials, transportation planners and engineers, and public health professionals who will be able to choose from 100+ panel presentations, poster sessions, peer problem-solving sessions, and mobile workshops, which will explore the living laboratory of Long Beach. Placemaking is the conference theme of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012. Those who register for the conference by August 10 will receive a $100 registration discount. Learn more details and register today at www.prowalkprobike.org.

The Placemaking theme will be explored by keynote speakers Fred Kent, founder of Project for Public Spaces; John Norquist, current CEO of Congress for the New Urbanism, and former Mayor of Milwaukee; and Dan Burden, who Time Magazine called “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.” Second District councilmember and a key political leader on Long Beach’s bike-friendly stance, Dr. Suja Lowenthal of Long Beach will speak to how bicycling, walking, and Placemaking have been central to the City’s efforts to restore economic vitality, reinvigorate civic life, and successfully attract young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Long Beach was selected as the 2012 conference location for many reasons including the diversity of its population, the of the quality of its public transportation, its wide range of parks and other public offerings for active living, the City’s ability to work with talented citizens to create progressive and successful public/private Placemaking projects, and its rapid move to become one of the top bike-friendly cities in the nation. Long Beach is an inspiration for other cities that want to redefine themselves as attractive and healthy places to live.

 

Media Invited to Tour Long Beach by Bike Prior to the Conference

Long Beach’s Host Chair for the conference is top national walking and biking advocate Charlie Gandy. Gandy has played a key role in Long Beach’s new bike-friendly stance first as the City’s Mobility Coordinator and now as the City’s Mobility Advisor. Through his “Long Beach by Bike” tours Gandy shares Long Beach’s bike-friendly story with regional leaders, health professionals, advocates and the media looking for inspiration and understanding of the important roles  biking, walking, and Placemaking have to the overall well-being and economic vitality of a community.

On Friday morning September 7and Monday morning September 10 at 10:00 am Gandy will lead two-hour media tours by bike to give the media a “hands on” experience of why biking and walking advocacy is so critical now. Media interested in participating in the bike tour, or scheduling an interview with any of the conference keynotes or presenters including Mikael Colville-Andersen (either prior to or during the conference), should contact the conference’s media relations person Melissa Balmer at (562) 221-9672 or via email at media [at] prowalkprobike [dot] org. Bikes will be made available for members of the press who need them. Media credentials for the conference can be requested here: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2012/media/.

 

Sponsors For Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 Include:

U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration, Project for Public Spaces, California Active Communities, the Los Angeles County Department of Health, the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, Metro Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, B Cycle, Safe Routes – National Center for Safe Routes to School, PBSC Urban Solutions, Momentum Magazine, Ryan Snyder Associates, Josta.de, Transport Planning for Livable Communities, Bike Nation, Bikeable Communities, Bike Long Beach, Toole Design Group, Fehr & Peers, Dero, and American Bicycle Security Company,

 

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About Project for Public Spaces

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. The organization’s pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte. Since then, PPS has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 40 countries and all 50 US states. Learn www.pps.org.

 

About The National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Established in 1977, and now a program of Project for Public Spaces, NCBW specializes in Safe Routes to School planning services, and working on health and transportation policy in low income/low resource areas ranging from the inner urban core of cities, to rural areas. Learn more at www.ncbw.org.

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