We are now accepting proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, which will be held in Pittsburgh, September 8-11 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Proposals must be received by January 31, 2014, 11:59pm Eastern to receive consideration for the program.

Start your proposal here

Tracks

For 2014, the conference program will be organized by the outcomes we are trying to achieve with our work.

Change – organizing and mobilizing people to change minds, policies, and systems.

Examples: Organizing a statewide advocacy campaign for complete streets; and best practices for engaging and organizing low resource neighborhoods around transportation challenges.

Connect – making infrastructure and transportation networks supportive of walking and bicycling for people of all abilities and ages.

Examples: Planning and operating a public bike share system; designing for 8-80 Cities; walking/bicycling/transit networks; and planning/designing/engineering best practices.

Prosper – focusing on the economic and health benefits that flow from more and better walking, bicycling, and Place.

Examples: Neighborhood Placemaking projects; quantifying the health benefits of walkable neighborhoods and safer streets; and how walking, biking, and Place can make cities more economically vibrant.

Sustain – broadening our audience, shifting our transportation/land use paradigm, and protecting our environment.

Examples: Performance measures for transportation investments; mode shift programs; going beyond federal funding, and responding to long term demographic, economic, energy, and environmental changes.

Conference tracks will not be limited in scope to the examples listed above. A broad range of topics and approaches is encouraged and anticipated.

Formats

  • Panel Presentations in 60 & 90 minute sessions;
  • Moderated Discussions in 90 minute sessions;
  • Poster Displays with Pecha Kucha presentations (optional); and
  • Peer-to-Peer coaching sessions in which subject matter experts lead small group problem-solving exercises.

Selection

Proposals received will be reviewed and evaluated by the Conference Program Review Committee, based on five criteria:

  1. The challenge or unmet need being addressed. (10 points)
  2. The audience(s), process, tools, and methods employed to address this challenge. (10 points)
  3. The results and/or lessons learned. We want to know what worked, what didn’t, and why. (10 points)
  4. How the proposal contributes to the advancement of our field. (10 points)
  5. How the project or proposal addresses/remedies existing economic, environmental, health, and/or social inequities. (10 points)

The decision to accept a proposal for our program will be based on the proposal’s average score, the competition for particular topics and formats, and the need for an even distribution of sessions across the conference tracks.

Note: to enrich delegates’ learning experience, we highly encourage proposals from front-line practitioners; to promote a diversity of voices, panels will be limited to no more than one participant from the same consulting firm; and we ask that individuals limit themselves to being a lead or co-presenter on no more than three proposals. Presenters will be notified of their status in early spring 2014.

Questions

Inquiries regarding the Call-for-Proposals should be directed to Mark Plotz, Conference Director, mark [at] bikewalk [dot] org or (202)-223-3621.

Start your proposal here