Project for Public Spaces is pleased to announce that the conference program and schedule is now available for the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference. The schedule is viewable by day or you may use the search tool to find speakers, keywords, or presentations in our four conference tracks (Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain). Each track will holistically explore the stages a community must move through toward becoming an exciting place where people may walk and bike freely. Our sessions are designed to reflect the spirit of our movement and larger themes including health and economic benefits, social equity, climate change, and infrastructure among many others.

 The conference program spans three days, nine breakout periods, and includes more than 100 presentations and mobile workshops. Additional formats include: poster displays, peer problem solving sessions, and pecha kucha style presentations. We are constantly updating the program so keep checking back for details on these sessions, and our plenary sessions. Early Summer registration ends on July 11, so register now to get our best rates, and we’ll see you September 8-11 in Pittsburgh!

 Pittsburgh will be the place to be the week of Monday, September 8 as there will be many conferences, meetings, and trainings happening before, during, and after Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place. The Alliance for Biking & Walking will start its Leadership Retreat on Friday, September 5. The second gathering of the PPS Placemaking Leadership Council will start on Sunday, September 7 and roll into the opening plenary of Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place on Tuesday, September 9. See below for a comprehensive list of conference, meetings, and trainings.


Photo by iriskh via Flickr CC

Photo by iriskh via Flickr CC


2014 Alliance Leadership Retreat

September 5 – 8 at their retreat location

Join Alliance staff and hundreds of leaders from across North America at the biennial gathering for state and local biking and walking advocates. Also, check out the Alliance’s 2014 Benchmarking Report to see how your city or state measures up. Note: Alliance members are eligible for discounted registrations for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014.

Cost: $525

Contact: Megan Odett, megan [at] BikeWalkAlliance [dot] org


Placemaking Leadership Council

September 7 -9 at the Westin

The theme of the Pittsburgh meeting, held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, will be “Placemaking: Building a Campaign.” Experts, public officials, and activists from around the world will convene for a day and a half to determine the best approaches to scale up Placemaking as a strategy for community change, and to build a broad coalition around this new international social cause.

Cost: $350

Contact: Matt Bradley, mbradley [at] pps [dot] org


North American Bike-share Association (NABSA) Annual Meeting

September 7-9 at the Westin

The North American Bike-share Association (NABSA) will host its first annual meeting on September 7 & 8 at the Pittsburgh Westin. NABSA’s meeting will feature a trade show in cooperation with PWPBPP, user group discussions, topical working group sessions, vendor presentations and a session hosted by NACTO.

Cost: None

Contact: Parry Burnap, parrywburnap [at] gmail [dot] com


FHWA State SRTS Coordinators Meeting

September 7-8 at the Westin

Organized by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Note: thanks to the National Center for Safe Routes to School and FHWA, a special rate is available for state SRTS coordinators. Please contact David Leyzerovsky for the special rate: dleyzerovsky [at] pps [dot] org

Cost: None

Contact: Lauren Marchetti, marchet [at] claire [dot] hsrc [dot] unc [dot] edu

Website: None

FHWA State TAP/Bike-Ped Coordinators Meeting

September 8 at the Westin

State Coordinators Meetings for State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators and State and MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Managers. Note: thanks for FHWA, a special rate is available for state TAP and Bike-Ped coordinators. Please contact David Leyzerovsky for the special rate: dleyzerovsky [at] pps [dot] org

Cost: None

Contact: Christopher Douwes, christopher [dot] douwes [at] dot [dot] gov

Urban Bikeway Design Guide Training

September 8 at the Westin

Join NACTO and the Green Lane Project for a full-day training on the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a state-of-the-practice manual for designing bicycle facilities in urban areas. The Bike Guide provides an in-depth, highly communicative toolkit for city transportation officials to design bikeways that accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities. The training will focus on the planning and design of protected bike lanes, including a technical discussion on designing intersections, bicycle signals, and other emerging design treatments being used in cities around the nation. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from experts who worked on the guidelines and have had on-the-ground experience implementing real projects. Critical themes for the training include safe intersection design for bicyclists, high quality protected and buffered bike lanes, and creating bicycle boulevards using targeted speed and volume management measures. At the end of the day, NACTO will preview some upcoming developments to the Guidelines, including new treatments, methods of analysis, and other trends in the field today.

Cost: $150

Contact: David Vega-Barachowitz, david [at] nacto [dot] org

Website: (register via the conference reg form)

Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals

September 8 at the Westin

Engineers, planners, program managers, and other professionals must consider and balance the needs of all types of people using multiple travel modes. This workshop explores when and how to use state-of-the-practice technical design tools, and examines the flexibility already within them.Research and best practice examples will help professionals more effectively apply these tools back home. The workshop will also describe proven strategies to more effectively integrate complete streets policies and principles into everyday practice. The National Complete Streets Coalition, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers collaborated to develop this half-day workshop, which offers 3.5 professional development hours and AICP Certification Maintenance credits. The workshop will be taught by one of the National Complete Streets Coalition’s most experienced design instructors.

Cost: $250

Contact: Tracy Linda, linda [at] apbp [dot] org

Website: (register via the conference reg form)

Local Coordinators Meeting

September 8 at the Westin

Organized by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Cost: None

Contact: Phil Miller, Phil [at] apbp [dot] org


Safe Routes to School National Partnership Networking Lunch

September 10 at the Convention Center

Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for networking with fellow Safe Routes to School advocates and discussion of topics important to you at roundtable breakout groups. Lunch will be provided to those that RSVP in advance at

Cost: None

Contact: Margo Pedroso, margo [at] saferoutespartnership [dot] org


Future Bike

September 11, 1-6 pm at the Convention Center

The future success of the bike movement rests on recognizing the strength in our diversity; Future Bike meets at the intersections of difference to create a vision for bicycling that elevates new voices, engages local communities and reimagines how we create streets that are vibrant public spaces that bring us together. In this half-day forum, hosted by the League of American Bicyclists’ Women Bike Program and Equity Initiative, we’ll discuss how to involve and be led by new and previously overlooked stakeholders — and how to integrate those perspectives to redefine and grow the bike movement. [See the League’s latest report on equity]

Cost: $20

Contact: Szczepanski Carolyn, carolyn [at] bikeleague [dot] org


Grant Writing that Connects

September 12, 9-12 pm at the Westin

A key challenge to implementing active transportation projects is finding funding. Register early to ensure a seat in this half-day post-conference workshop focused on winning grant-writing strategies. Learn how federal, state, MPO, foundation, and corporate support requests will be viewed and scored by key decision makers. Explore key strategies for successful grant applications, using now-built examples in large and small communities. Participants will learn the science of selecting compelling project partners, tailoring applications to the funding mechanism criteria, identifying and documenting community support, and developing working relationships with the agencies that fund projects. This half-day workshop will be led by veteran grant-writers Ben Gomberg, shepherd for $50 million for bikeway projects as Chicago’s former Bicycle Program Coordinator; and active-transportation visionary Bud Melton, a Principal at Bowman-Melton Associates, with twenty years of successful fund-finding for bike/ped projects throughout North Texas. Learn from the masters how to make the case for seemingly small projects that make huge differences in how cities grow well, and how people thrive, work and play.

Cost: $195

Contact: Ben Gomberg, grombergb [at] gmail [dot] com