The 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference session schedule is taking shape. Early registration ends on Friday, May 16, and special rates are available for members of APBP and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Hurry and register here.   This year’s conference will feature 90+ breakout sessions, along with Peer to Peer consulting sessions, poster displays, Pecha Kucha-style presentations, and mobile workshops. We are days away from announcing the full program, so for now here’s a sneak peek at some of our breakouts sessions…

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Active transportation in action at the 17th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place breakout session in Long Beach, CA Photo Credit: Allan Crawford

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Lynn Guilbault, Stakeholder and Community Relations, City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver advocacy group HUB Cycling have realized the need to market active transportation and they will share their experience and thoughts on how to promote, educate and motivate more people to walk and cycle. This session is one of many at the conference which will highlight productive partnerships between local government and advocacy groups that increase investment in and demand for walking and bicycling infrastructure.

What’s In It For Me? How economic benefits can sell elected officials on protected bike lanes

Mary Lauran Hall, Alliance for Biking & Walking

To win meaningful infrastructure investments, advocates must show not only how protected bike lanes make streets safer but how they create economic benefits for the city at large.

Listening Harder: Bike/Walk Promotion in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Jessica Roberts, Associate, Alta Planning + Design

In this session, learn how the Go Bronzeville program overcame numerous obstacles to transforming travel behavior on Chicago’s south side, including overcoming community resistance to bike/walk campaigns, and how to engage in respectful, community-led dialogue.

Complete Streets Work: the Return on Investment of Safe Street Design

Chris Zimmerman, Vice President, Economic Development

Smart Growth America Findings from a new national report help make the case that Complete Streets is a cost-effective investment, meeting transportation objectives and supporting local economies.

Exploring Driver Attitudes Toward and Support for Bicyclists and Bicycling

Rebecca Sanders, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley SafeTREC

Panelists will summarize the results of two recent studies of driver attitudes toward bicyclists and support for bicycling, including a survey of approximately 450 Bay Area drivers and focus groups of San Francisco and Portland residents conducted in partnership with People for Bikes.

Open Streets: Here to Stay

Mike Lydon, The Street Plans Collaborative

This panel discussion will feature a detailed case study from Oklahoma City, among the most car-dependent and least walkable cities in the nation, which drew some 20,000 attendees to its first Open Streets.

The Tires Are Getting Pumped and So Are We: Bikeshare in Small to Mid-sized Cities

Mauricio Hernandez, Toole Design Group

At this session you will hear from the planners and managers of bike share systems in Chattanooga, Pittsburgh, and Birmingham. They will address the unique opportunities and challenges of planning, launching, and operating a vibrant and financially-sustainable bikeshare program in a smaller market.

Level of Service F for Grade A Streets

Michael Sallaberry,  San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Learn about what was built and hear how LOS was deprioritized so that streets in Cambrige and San Francisco–a 6 lane, 50k ADT arterial–could be re-envisioned and designed to thrive!

A systematic approach to bicycle parking planning on a city-wide scale

Megan Kanagy, Downtown DC Business Improvement District

Analogous comprehensive planning strategies developed by the bicycle parking programs in both downtown Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA are examined in close detail.

Cycle Atlanta: Phase 1.0 Study – Targeted Bike Investments Using Smart Technology

Joshuah Mello, Alta Planning + Design

Curious about how smartphone technology can influence bicycle planning? Learn more about a city whose bicycle infrastructure went from zero to hero in under four years.