Mark your calendars! Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that our biennial Walk/Bike/Places conference—the most progressive and comprehensive active transportation event in the world—will take place August 4-7, 2020, at the Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, and we just opened our Call for Proposals!
As many of you remember, Walk/Bike/Places 2018 in New Orleans was an event for the books. Its engaged focus on equity and NOLA’s local culture of collaboration left us all deeply inspired. At the same time, and amidst all the revelry, participants were also pushed to consider the ways in which our placemaking and transportation initiatives can better represent the communities they serve and directly affect.
In 2020, Indianapolis is sure to impress, too. This time around, the conference theme will be implementation—turning ideas into action. Now that you have an idea about what kind of work needs to be done and where, whose voices need to be elevated, and which partners and stakeholders to reach out to in order to share and advocate for your vision… what’s next?
This is where you come in. The Call for Proposals for Walk/Bike/Places 2020 is now open!
For this event, we aim to build a comprehensive program that will push government—at the local, state, and federal levels—to support a transportation system that preserves the health and safety of all users, promotes social connections, and reduces the environmental impact of our travel. As we continue designing the structure for this summer’s convening, we invite proposals from the public, private, non-profit/NGO, and academic sectors. We’re always looking for new voices, bold ideas, and challenging critiques!
Detailed information on session format and review process can be found here, but here is some further food for thought to get your creative juices flowing as you prepare your proposal. Within the theme of implementation, the conference will consist of the following seven tracks:
For Walk/Bike/Places 2020, we will convene 1,200+ planners, designers, advocates, and public health professionals from the U.S. and abroad for the largest active transportation conference in North America. Our host city of Indianapolis—a celebrated U.S. Midwestern city known for its world-class public spaces and recent transportation innovations—is surely up for the challenge! We can’t wait to explore with you all the ways this mid-size city has transformed over the last decade, all while remaining both “short on pretension” and “true to its roots,” as the New York Times recently reported.
But first, we look forward to receiving your proposals for breakout sessions, poster presentations, or peer coaching. For more information on the Call for Proposals and to submit your ideas, visit the guidelines on the Walk/Bike/Places website. The deadline to submit proposals is January 3, 2020 @5pm EST.
Let’s get moving!