It’s the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference event created for YOU
Pittsburgh will host the 18th Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference (PWPBPP) in less than two weeks — September 8-11 — at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Downtown. The conference will bring roughly 1,000 city planners, professional bike advocates, urbanists, and others to Pittsburgh, PA. We’re excited to welcome all of these folks to the Steel City.
Not attending the conference, you say? Well, we’re excited to say that you can still participate in a special conference event designed specifically for Pittsburghers: an Open House, on Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Free and open to the public, the Open House’s sessions are Pittsburgh-centric and intended to connect local residents and organizations with the conference at large. The majority of workshops on the schedule feature a local speaker presenting about a project in the Pittsburgh area. Click here to reserve your spot.
Here are the sessions that will be offered during the Open House:
Streetfilms University: Making Effective Transportation Videos for Your Organization
This session will give you all the fun tips and best advice on how to make savvy advocacy films whether you’re a beginner, curious or a pro.
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM in Gallery Theatre
Turning the Invisible, Visible: Imagining and Creating Emerald View Park
Creating Emerald View Park, Pittsburgh’s newest regional park, is challenging for many reasons, not least of which is helping people to envision a large regional park in this unexpected place- a steep, degraded hillside. The panel will examine the process that is creating a new public place on forgotten land.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM in Breakout Rooms, 302
Independent Neighborhood Lives for Kids
Abstract: In order for children to have vibrant independent lives in their neighborhoods, they need two things: a highly attractive hangout, or “third place,” very close to home, and a strong ability to roam independently in their neighborhoods. This session will show how parents can provide these for their children.
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM in Breakout Rooms, 305
Aspinwall Riverfront Park: A corporate and community partnership to create healthy spaces
Aspinwall Riverfront Park began as a community’s dream to reconnect with the river and link with the trail system. Nearly sold to become a 450 car parking lot, the greenspace was preserved thanks to 3,000 individual donors and Highmark which collectively raised $2.3 million in six months to purchase the parcel. Aspinwall Riverfront Park presents a new model for how parks and trails can be developed and maintained, and how an engaged corporate partner and energized community can be the catalyst to connectivity.
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM in Breakout Rooms, 307
MOVEPGH: Implementation of Pittsburgh’s First Multi-modal Transportation Plan
MOVEPGH is the multi-modal transportation component of the PLANPGH Comprehensive Plan, the first comprehensive plan for the City of Pittsburgh. This session examines how the plan transitions off paper and into on-the-ground improvements in the city.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM in Breakout Rooms, 301
Rethinking the Suburban Bus Stop: Placemaking in a Suburban Retail Area
This session will take the audience from design through execution of how a multi-modal bus stop became a “place” in a busy retail center where people can eat lunch, hang out in a faux IKEA living room, and fix a bike flat.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM in Breakout Rooms, 303
Connected Bicycle Technology
Last year there were more than 52,000 people seriously injured in the United States due to bicycle accidents. Traditional bicycles are now being augmented with electric drive systems to decrease the barrier of adoption for commuters. New technological advancements like vehicle-to-vehicle communication can be incorporated into modern bicycles to create a virtual safety environment for both driver and rider. In this talk, we will present the vision and some early results of an ongoing effort at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a safe cyclist platform.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM in Breakout Rooms, 304
Not a member of BikePGH? Join today! We need you to add your voice! Bike Pittsburgh works to protect cyclist’s rights and promote the vision of making Pittsburgh a safer and more enjoyable place to live and to ride. For more info, check out: www.bikepgh.org/membership