COVID-19: The Recovery will Happen in Public Space

Now Accepting Proposals for Walk/Bike/Places 2018 in New Orleans

Dec 18, 2017
Dec 22, 2017

Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that the Call for Proposals for the 2018 Walk/Bike/Places conference will open on Wednesday, December 20th, at 1pm EST. The conference will take place on September 16-19 at the Downtown Sheraton in New Orleans, Louisiana.

‍Photo by Xanic Lopez

Established in 1980, Walk/Bike/Places (formerly Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place) has since become North America’s premier conference on active transportation and placemaking. This year, more than 1,500 planners, placemakers, designers, researchers, students, engineers, advocates, and others will converge in New Orleans for a dynamic series of sessions, workshops, and of course, some fun in the Big Easy.

Adding to the excitement, while Walk/Bike/Places will celebrate its 20th year in 2018, the City of New Orleans will also be celebrating its 300th! It could not be a better time to highlight the city’s long and vibrant history, while demonstrating that better access to walking and bicycling can improve quality-of-life and help build vibrant places.

New Orleans and its residents have faced their fair share of incredible challenges, and we have a lot to learn from these experiences. Working closely alongside our partner Bike Easy and local host committee, we will explore how one of the most socially and culturally diverse cities in the U.S. provides a landscape that supports cooperation and creativity across the board—from art, to music, to gastronomy. Our host city will also help us understand how great streets, shared spaces, historic architecture and other elements of the built environment play a key part in creating the unique culture of the place.

‍Image Credit: Shawn Harquail

Rather than having a single overarching theme for this year’s Walk/Bike/Places conference, we are focusing instead on achieving the following list of outcomes:

  • Transportation that is accessible and sustainable
  • Cities that are fair and equitable
  • Streets that are attractive and safe
  • Public processes that are meaningful and inclusive
  • Planning that is smart and just
  • Places that are for people

Respondents are invited to submit proposals for the following conference formats:

  • Poster Displays – Share your knowledge, get feedback, and meet new people
  • Breakout Panels – Propose a panel of up to three presenters for a 60-minute breakout session
  • Breakout Panelist - Propose to join one of our curated deep-dive technical sessions

Please submit your own stories of leadership, challenges, and lessons learned by the proposal deadline of Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8pm EST. Visit our conference website for more detailed information on conference formats and proposal guidelines. We hope to see you in New Orleans!


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