• Conference Schedule PDF

  • Conference Schedule PDF

The premier conference in North America for walking and bicycling professionals from the public and private sectors.

Our conference was founded on the belief that greater access to walking and bicycling will create healthier individuals, cohesive neighborhoods, and vibrant communities.

Started by a hundred idealistic cyclists in 1980 as Pro Bike, the conference evolved to include walking—Pro Walk/Pro Bike—and, in 2012, under the stewardship of Project for Public Spaces, we incorporated Placemaking, creating new partnership opportunities and enhancing the movement’s potential impact on communities.


The 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh is expected to draw 1,000 city planners, transportation engineers, public health advocates, elected officials, community leaders, and professional walking and bicycling advocates.

Over 100 breakout sessions, panel discussions, and poster sessions address the latest trends, research, and best practices. Plenary speakers bring perspectives from other disciplines, and other experiences to help improve and expand our practice.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Sessions & Speakers

Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 is organized into four tracks: Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain. Each track reflects a stage that a community moves through towards its ideal of becoming a place where people of all abilities and ages can walk and bike freely. Change is about advocacy; Connect is about infrastructure; Prosper is about the health and economic benefits of the connected community; and Sustain is about applying our solutions to other challenges such as energy, climate change, and inequality.

To view our session schedule click here


Schedule at a Glance

Monday, September 8
Celebratory Bike Ride from the Historic Pump House in Homestead
3 - 7pm
Networking Reception & Registration on the Exhibit Floor
Tuesday, September 9
7 - 9:30am
Breakfast and Opening Plenary in Convention Center
10am - 5pm
Breakouts, Workshops and Complimentary Lunch
5 - 7pm
Community Open House at the Convention Center
Wednesday, September 10
7 - 9:30am
Breakfast and Opening Plenary
10am - 5pm
Breakouts, Workshops, and “Lunch in the Plaza”
5:30 - 7:30pm
Evening Reception at The Andy Warhol Museum
Thursday, September 11
7 - 8am
8 - 11am
Breakouts & Workshops
11am - 12:30pm
Closing Plenary


The venue: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is continually lauded as one of the most livable cities in America, thanks to the city’s robust transportation system, walkability and bikeability. Pittsburgh provides us with the ideal Placemaking laboratory full of unique cultural destinations everyone can enjoy. Stroll along the bustling street markets that make up the ‘Strip District’; enjoy a cup of joe and the shade of an elm tree in Pittsburgh’s historic Market Square; or bike along Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail, situated on the edges of  Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio rivers and take in the stunning views of downtown!

The conference will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Rooms at a special conference rate are available at:

  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown, One Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh PA 15219. A ten-minute walk to the conference. Rate: $159 single, double/night plus tax. To reserve a room call 1-800-222-8733 by August 22 and mention Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, or reserve online.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh, 1247 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15139. A five-minute walk to the conference. Rate: $179 king, double queen/night plus tax. (Free Upgrade to King Studio while supply lasts!) To reserve room call 1-412-288-4350 by August 15 and mention Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, or reserve online.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown, 945 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15222. A two -minute walk to the conference. Rate: $179 single/double plus tax. To reserve a room call 1-412-434-5551 by August 22 and mention Pro Walk Pro Bike, or reserve online.

  • Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh. Adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Rate: $159 single/double. Reserve your room now at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh!