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National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Register now for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014!

Join us at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, the premier active transportation conference in the world. The conference is scheduled to take place on September 8-11, 2014 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Early Registration ends May 15, 2014 so register now for the best rates.

For over thirty years the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference earned a reputation as the most dynamic training and learning experience for folks interested in and advocating for more vibrant and livable communities.

This year's three day conference will feature over 1,000 participants from all over the world including planners, architects, public health professionals, real estate professionals, educators, advocates, and more than a few zealous nuts just like you!

The Ideal Setting:

Pittsburgh provides an ideal setting for this year's conference, and is considered one of the most livable cities in America! Pittsburgh's livability is tied to its expansive transportation system, walkability, bikeability, and rich cultural destinations. The city offers something for everyone: you can stroll along the bustling street markets that make up the 'Strip District;' or enjoy a cup of joe and the shade of an elm tree in Pittsburgh's historic Market Square.

Pittsburgh also features an assortment of trails and passageways that make getting around by bike a cinch. Ride along Three Rivers Heritage Trail, situated on the edges of the Pittsburgh's three major rivers: Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio, and take in stunning views of Pittsburgh's downtown!

Conference Organization:

Our program is organized thematically into 4 tracks that reflect the outcomes planners, advocates, Placemakers, and others, are trying to achieve through our work, research, and advocacy:

Change - Sessions in this track will explore how we mobilize people to change minds, policies, systems, and priorities.

Connect - Sessions in this track will focus on the planning and infrastructure needed to support and encourage walking and bicycling by people of all abilities and ages.

Prosper - Sessions in this track will explore the economic, health, and social benefits of investing in walking, bicycling, and Place.

Sustain - Sessions in this track will focus on broadening our audience, shifting our transportation/land use paradigm, and preserving our environment.

Within these tracks, we will feature a varied selection of presentation topics including, but not limited to the following: trails, public health, complete streets implementation, plazas/public space, walking/biking/transit networks, public health, safety, how to get women and underrepresented groups walking and biking, and many more.

This year's topics are poised to be best yet! We are thrilled to announce that our call for proposals received an overwhelming response with over 300 successful entries! To get a better sense of what the program may look like check out the 2012 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/ Pro Place conference schedule here.


Registration will open in late February at which time rates and deadlines will be announced.

The professionals at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) are ready to provide you with a broad range of services, backed by years of field experience, to help your community become more livable. Since 1977, we have been making neighborhoods, town, cities, and regions more bicycle-friendly and walkable places. We have experience working in urban, suburban, and rural areas in all corners of the United States. We understand the challenges the come with working in low resource, low income communities, and we have developed a pragmatic approach for improving livability in those places. Our work is nationally recognized, and our client list includes state and local DOTs, MPOs, schools and school districts, philanthropic and health care foundations, and large consulting firms.

NCBW convenes the biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference, which is the largest gathering in the United States of the champions and professionals who are creating more bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. The 2012 conference will be held in Long Beach, California, September 10-13.

NCBW is a resident program of Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

Our Philosophy

More and better walking and bicycling in a community yields benefits to all members-youth, senior citizens, recreational cyclists, transit riders, local businesses, etc. We believe that all communities--whether or not they have articulated the desire-wish to become more livable, healthier places. The NCBW works with both community members to articulate their desires, and local institutions to ensure that they have the capacity and expertise to make great places. It is only by the successful engagement of all sectors of the community that lasting change becomes possible.

For more details, please refer to our Services section.