Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Pro Place featured over 100 presentations on six major conference themes and seven tracksClick here to download the full program, or follow the links below if you are interested in a particular day, theme, or track.

Program Summary

Monday 9/10

8:00A – 5:00P Pre-conference meetings and workshops
3:00P Registration Desk and Exhibit Space open
4:00P – 5:00P Poster Session A
6:00P – 8:00P Bikes Belong Opening Reception

Tuesday 9/11

7:30A Continental Breakfast
8:00A – 9:30A Breakfast Plenary
9:30A – 10:15A Poster Session B
10:15A – 11:45A Breakout Session 1
12:00P – 1:30P Lunch and Plenary
1:45P – 3:15P Breakout Session 2 & Peer Problem Solving Session A
3:15P – 4:00P Poster Session C
4:00P – 5:30P Breakout Session 3

Wednesday 9/12

7:30A Continental Breakfast
8:00A – 9:30A Breakfast Plenary
9:30A – 10:15A Poster Session D
10:15A – 11:45A Breakout Session 4
12:00P – 1:30P Brown Bag Lunch Plenary & APBP Annual Meeting
1:45P – 3:15P Breakout Session 5
3:15P – 4:00P Poster Session E
4:00P – 5:30P Breakout Session 6
5:30P – 7:30P Pro Walk/Pro Bike Networking Event

Thursday 9/13

8:00A – 9:30A Breakout Session 7
9:30A – 10:15A Poster Session F
10:15A – 11:45A Breakout Session 8
12:00P – 1:30P Closing Plenary

Post Conference Meetings and Events

Thursday 9/13

2:00P – 6:00P America Walks: Walking Action Workshop (PDF)
1:45P – 2:30P Registration Opens for National Women’s Bicycling Summit
2:30P – 6:30P National Women’s Bicycling Summit
6:30P – 9:30P Cycling Chic Fashion Show
9:30P – 11:30P National Women’s Bicycling Summit Social

Friday 9/14

9:00A – 5:00P PPS Training: How to Turn a Place Around

Saturday 9/15

9:00A – 5:00P PPS Training: How to Turn a Place Around

Continuing Education Credits

Session goers can now acquire continuing education credits for the 90-minute sessions. All of the 90-minute sessions were registered for credits provided by the American Planning Association (AICP CM), while the majority, but not all, of the sessions were registered for credits provided by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To accumulate credits, please refer to the following instructions:

AIA: You must download the attendance sheet, fill it out either electronically or by printing it, and submit it to Allen Lum: alum [at] pps [dot] org (you must have an updated version of Adobe Acrobat to download the form). You must fill out an individual sheet for each day (Tuesday/September 11; Wednesday/September 12; or Thursday/September 13) that you attended the conference. This list includes the conference sessions that were approved for AIA continuing education credits and the session codes you need to complete the form. If you cannot e-mail your completed form, you may mail it to: Project for Public Spaces,  Attention: Allen Lum, 419 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

AICP CM: You must go online to the APA website and report the session you want to log AICP credits for; all 90 minute sessions that were registered for credits are in the APA system.


  • Invest + Govern. Bicycling and walking investments are ready to compete in the new cost-conscious reality and political climate in which we live. We encourage presentations that: quantify the benefits and cost savings to the individual and community; present the business case for supporting bicycling and walking; detail financing models for making investments; and other topics.
  • Advocate + Include. When our transportation system is balanced, everyone can prosper; when transportation decision-making is inclusive, it builds community. We encourage presentations about: environmental justice achieved; outsiders’ perspective on our work; programs that engage low income and underserved communities; and other topics.
  • Design + Engineer. New approaches to planning, designing, and building infrastructure are luring new people into cycling, and improving safety for all road users. We encourage presentations that: continue the professional development of planners and engineers; discuss the latest transportation engineering publications/manuals; and present best practices for finding flexibility within existing design standards.
  • Healthy + Safe. Our neighborhoods can enhance our health and quality-of-life by facilitating social connections and by making walking and biking trips easy and convenient. We encourage presentations from public health professionals and others who have developed successful and low cost models/programs for physical activity/built environment focused interventions. Also included in this category: innovative injury prevention programs, food access programs, programs that address childhood obesity, and programs that prioritize populations experiencing health disparities.
  • Plan + Connect. Changing demographics, emerging technology, and better collaboration across disciplines, agencies, and travel modes is moving us closer to seamless travel in many major cities. We encourage transportation planning related presentations on the following subjects: successful intergovernmental partnerships; exemplary public involvement practices; innovative and cost-effective applications of technology to improve service; and model bike/ped planning.
  • SRTS + Beyond. For work that focuses on improving the safety, desirability, and ease of movement for young people walking or biking to/from school. We encourage proposals on the following subjects: best practices for including youth in planning; exemplary SRTS programs (K-12); developing schools as neighborhood assets/destinations; and developing community wide youth mobility plans.