Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013:
Moving People Forward Summit

September 19th, 2013 | Pittsburgh

You are invited to join the City of Pittsburgh and Project for Public Spaces to chart the course for a more walkable, bikeable, and active city/region by taking part in Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013: Moving People Forward summit. Regional leaders and national experts will gather on Thursday, September 19 at Carnegie Mellon University to discuss how to improve regional mobility by better biking; how to improve neighborhoods and individual health by better and safer walking; and how activate Pittsburgh’s public spaces through Placemaking. We will start at 9 am; Mark Gorton, social entrepreneur and founder of Streetsblog, will keynote lunch; and afternoon breakout sessions will wrap by 4:30 pm. You won’t want to miss the post summit bike tour.

Who should attend?

Regional leaders, state and local officials, transportation professionals, health and neighborhood advocates, business owners, and anyone with a professional interest in an active, healthier metropolitan Pittsburgh.

The event is by invitation only. If you have not received an invitation and believe you can benefit, please contact Stephen Patchan, the City of Pittsburgh’s Bike Coordinator via email stephen [dot] patchan [at] pittsburghpa [dot] gov 

By attending this event you will become eligible for scholarship support to attend Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014—the world’s most important gathering of walking and biking professionals and advocates.The event takes place in Pittsburgh, September 8-11, 2014.

What we will be talking about?

  • How other world class cities are embracing active transportation and attracting investment, residents and visitors. A discussion of national experts.
  • What local leaders can do to support these initiatives. A conversation with local leaders representing the health sector, commercial development, citizen advocates,and philanthropy.
  • Complete Streets: policies that work and design standards that work within design manuals.
  • Recreational trails and Placemaking: Economic development tools for small towns.
  • Walking and Biking Planning 101: Where to start when planning for a more walkable/bikeable community.
  • How to use the upcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2014 International Conference to be hosted by Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania in September of 2014 to maximize positive change in the region.

In addition the formal program, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with peers, and to interact and ask questions of experts.


7:30    Registration, Coffee and Networking 
8:30    Welcome to the Moving People Forward Summit & Charge for the Day

Mark Plotz, Conference Director, Project for Public Spaces
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
Bill Peduto, City Council, Pittsburgh
Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces

9:00      National Trends and How the Pittsburgh Region Compares: National Experts’ Perspectives

Bill Burns, Project Manager, City of Orlando Department of Public Works
Clarence Eckerson, Jr., Prolific Filmmaker, Streetfilms
Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists
Robert Hampshire, Assistant Professor of Operations Research Public Policy, CMU
Robert Ogilvie, VP for Strategic Engagement, ChangeLab Solutions
Moderator Bill Flanagan, Executive VP, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

10:15     Coffee Break

10:45     Moving People in the Pittsburgh Region Forward: Regional Leaders’ Perspectives

Linda McKenna Boxx, President, Allegheny Trail Alliance
Scott Bricker, Executive Director, BikePGH
Mario Browne, Director for Health Sciences Diversity, University of Pittsburgh
Kim Collins, President, South Side Chamber of Commerce
Brian Mendelssohn, Principal, Botero Development
Moderator David Feehan, Executive Director, Bloomfield Development Corporation

12:00     Traffic21 Lunch & Keynote:

Introduction by Stan Caldwell, Associate Director, Traffic21
Keynote by Mark Gorton, Tower Research Capital, LLC and Streetsblog, Founder

1:00      Breakout Session 1

Workshop – Complete Streets: Working with your DOT to Achieve Context Sensitive Solutions

Gary Toth, Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
Jen Petersen, Principal, Petersen Consulting

Workshop – Placemaking: Connecting Trails and Economic Development

Cathy McCollom, Principal, McCollom Development Strategies, LLC
David Nelson, Transportation Associate, Project for Public Spaces

Discussion – Practical Steps Toward Sensible Regional Transportation

Will Bernstein, Senior Policy Analyst, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Tour – Oakland Neighborhood Walking Tour

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

2:15      Coffee Break

2:45      Breakout Session 2

Workshop – Planning 101 for Walking and Biking

Patrick Hassett, Assistant Director, DPW, City of Pittsburgh
Steve Patchan, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh

Workshop – Show Me the Money: Finding Funding for Active Transportation Projects

Brighid O’Keane, Advocacy & Programs Director, League of Am Bicyclists
Sara Walfort, Transportation Planning Manager, Southern PA Commission

Discussion – Complete Streets: One-on-One coaching sessions on implementation

Gary Toth, Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
David Nelson, Transportation Associate, Project for Public Spaces

Better Bikeways Connecting Everyone

Lauren Byrne, Executive Director, Lawrenceville United
Jonathan Kline, Principal, Studio for Spatial Practice
Wanda Wilson, Executive Director, Oakland Planning & Development Corp.
Facilitator: Scott Bricker, Executive Director, Bike Pittsburgh

4:00     Round up for the Day: Now Let’s Get Moving!

4:30     Pittsburgh Rush Hour Bike Tour

6:00     Rush Hour Happy Hour at MadMex, 220 S Highland Ave


There is no cost to attend this event, thanks to the generous support of our funding partners. Use your invitation code to register. Lunch will be included in your registration. Space is limited!

Location and transportation

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213


For local inquiries:
Stephen Patchan
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Pittsburgh
stephen [dot] patchan [at] pittsburghpa [dot] gov
(412) 393-0150

For national inquires:
Mark Plotz
Conference Director
Project for Public Spaces
mark [at] bikewalk [dot] org
(202) 223-3621