Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013: Moving Pittsburgh Forward
Because of your areas of academic research and responsibility we invite you to join us for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2013: Moving Pittsburgh Forward Summit
One reason you should be there on September 19 at Carnegie Mellon University is conference keynoter Mark Gorton, founder of Streetfilms, OpenPlans, and the influential Streetsblog. Mark's most important work as a social entrepreneur may be his contribution to making his city--New York City--into more walkable, bikeable, and livable city. Thanks to the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign that Mark launched in 2005 with Project for Public Spaces, NYC has become a model and inspiration for other cities large and small.
Resilient cities, like NYC, are attracting new residents of all ages, Gen Y, X, and Boomers who want to live in neighborhoods that have social capital, transportation options (transit, bike share, walking, driving), and where most of life's needs can be met within a 10 minute walk. The latest research shows that, not only are these neighborhoods economically successful, but they also enable residents to live longer and healthier lives.
Here are four other reasons you should register now for the September 19th Summit. In one packed day you will:
(2) Learn from national experts about best practices from other walkable and bikeable cities;
(3) Share plans with other local stakeholders about how to jumpstart active transportation projects in Pittsburgh;
(4) Gain practical knowledge in workshops on bike/ped planning, Complete Streets, Placemaking, and Project Funding; and
(5) Enjoy a fun bike tour of Pittsburgh at the end of the day.
Registration is complimentary but I urge you to register today, because space is limited. Please use code MOVE2013B when prompted. One extra reason to participate: Your registration will qualify you for a scholarship to the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place International Conference next fall in Pittsburgh.
For more information: Stephen Patchan, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning at 412-393-0154 or firstname.lastname@example.org