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by Mark Plotz

-> We are excited to announce that Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities will be the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place closing conference keynote! The final plenary will address the theme of Sustain. Gil will be helping us connect our solutions--walking, bicycling, Placemaking, participatory planning—to the biggest challenges of our day: energy, global warming, and wealth inequality. Gil will be with us for the entire conference and you are encouraged to approach him to share your thoughts on these challenges. Get to know Gil and 8-80 Cities:

Other conference items:

  • Mobile Workshop registration will open Monday, August 4. Set your bookmarks to the page: The majority of workshops are free of charge. Don't worry if the workshop you want fills: we will be setting aside some slots for onsite signup.
  • Arrive early and stay late. We have lots of trainings and meetings happening before and after the conference There are some new additions to the list, including a training on writing winning grants that is happening on Friday, September 12. See something you like? Email <> to add a training to your registration.
  • Staying in Pittsburgh. Due to a fantastic registration response we are reserving additional hotel rooms in Pittsburgh. For updated hotel information:
  • Community Open House. On Tuesday evening, from 5-7 pm we will invite the Pittsburgh community into the conference. Stay for Pittsburgh-centric sessions and a special edition of Streetfilms University.

Be a part of the action and register today: The Standard Registration period ends on Friday, August 15. Check our registration page because you may be eligible for a discount.

Start planning your Pittsburgh conference schedule now:


-> According to a Summer The PBIC Messenger article, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center named three new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) and one new designation. Boulder, CO; Charlottesville, VA; and Denver, CO each earned Gold-Level designations while Lakeland, FL earned a Bronze designation. Charlottesville was previously named a Silver-level community in the program's first round...

"The Walk Friendly Community designation is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. The program evaluates conditions for walking and provides feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity. There are now 47 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation. To date, Seattle, WA remains the only Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community.

"The program will begin accepting applications for the ninth round on November 1, 2014, with the deadline for submission on December 15, 2014. Interested communities are encouraged to visit to learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool."

Title & Author: "PBIC names three new Walk Friendly Communities, promotes Charlottesville to Gold" by Staff


-> According to a recent Austroads article, "In July 2014 the Australian Bicycle Council published a report [National Cycling Strategy: Implementation Report 2013:] that outlines the progress made on the National Cycling Strategy in 2013. 

"In this third year of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16:

  • Australian states and territories invested $112.8 million in cycling related infrastructure, education and promotion.
  • Bicycles outsold cars for the 14th year running with almost 1.4 million bicycles sold.
  • National cycling participation rates decreased slightly from 2011.
  • Cycling is being integrated in broader transport planning and land use planning.
  • '20-Minute Neighbourhoods' are being developed to increase short trips and improve livability.
  • Bicycle facilities are increasingly being designed with separation from motor vehicles.
  • Street design and speed limits are being used to facilitate street purpose.
  • A 'Safe Systems' approach is being adopted to improve bicycle safety."

Title & Author: "National Cycling Strategy: Implementation Report 2013" by Staff


-> According to a July 11th People for Bikes article, "It took a week in Copenhagen for Albus Brooks to start thinking seriously about bicycling. The Denver city councilman, 35, had never owned a bike. By the time he headed home from a study tour in Denmark last month, he knew those days were over. 'We biked every day, so I found myself, on a personal point, increasingly happy,' Brooks said... So Brooks came home and bought his first bicycle, a Danish-style city bike. When he rode it to a meeting of other African-American community leaders, eager to spread his conclusion that bike transportation could be as important as mass transit to improving central Denver, he got a first-hand lesson in the size of the task he had decided to tackle. 'I came in in a suit and a bike helmet,' he recalled. 'These were all middle-class African-Americans that do not ride bikes. And they looked at me as if I was an alien.'...

"Here at Green Lane Project HQ, we're kicking off a project that we hope can be part of the solution. For the next three months, we'll be building on the inspiring work of our friends at the League of American Bicyclists to create a report that looks squarely at the wedges between marginalized Americans, the African-American community included, and the protected bicycle infrastructure we support... Do you have a perspective that should inform our report? Can you share a story that helps our country understand the complicated connections between class, race, income and transportation? We want to hear them. I'm Let's talk."

Title & Author: "Why don't more African-Americans ride bicycles?" by Michael Andersen


-> According to a July 21st article on Congressman Joseph Crowley's website, "Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, was joined by NYS Senator Toby Stavisky, NYS Assemblyman Francisco Moya, officials from the New York City Department of Transportation and advocacy groups at a press conference to announce The Bike to Work Act of 2014, legislation that would allow workers to use their pre-tax commuter benefits for bike share programs, just as they already can for other forms of transportation...

"Crowley's legislation amends the Internal Revenue Code by including bike sharing systems as a means of public transportation, clearing the way for workers to use their commuter benefits for the program. Given how inexpensive bike sharing is, commuters will have the option to pair bike share with other forms of transit, greatly expanding mobility and improving access to existing transit systems..."

Title & Author: "Crowley Announces New Legislation Encouraging Citi Bike Usage and Helping the Program Expand to Queens" by Staff

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