Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer
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Here at Green Lane Project HQ, we’re salivating over the just-announced session list for September’s Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh.
North America’s best conference for practitioners of human-friendly urban design will offer a feast of ideas, experiences, statistics and connections for professionals working on implementing protected bike lanes and other tools for low-stress streets.
Protected bike lanes “are what the buzz is about when I am traveling the country, working with local government and advocates to complete their streets,” wrote Mark Plotz, vice president of the Project for Public Spaces, in an email.
PPS organizes the annual three-day conference, whose “early summer” registration deadline is this Friday, July 11. To get the Green Lane Project’s $120 discount on the full conference registration or $35 off one-day registrations, follow this link to register by the week’s end.
The event runs from late Monday, Sept. 8, to midday Thursday, Sept. 11.
Plotz, an experienced biker in Washington DC, said he hadn’t understood the importance of protected bike lanes himself until he’d ridden in them.
“I looked upon these new facilities with skepticism: they were unnecessary (for me), too expensive (for the taxpayer), and not justified by our mode share. Then the District of Columbia got its cycle tracks; I rode its cycle tracks; and I looked around at the other bicyclists and realized that this is how bicycling is supposed to feel, and these are what bicyclists look like.”
The schedule includes more than 100 breakout sessions, posters and peer-to-peer problem-solving conversations on numerous aspects of bike and pedestrian-friendly design. Here are some of the ones that’ll touch most closely on protected bike lanes:
- Creating Calgary’s Centre City Cycle Track Network
- Freedom Trail 2.0 : A New Vision for Getting Tourists Off the Beaten Path – a preview of the forthcoming Connect Historic Boston lane network
- What’s In It For Me? How Economic Benefits Can Sell Elected Officials on Protected Bike Lanes
- Cycle Atlanta: Targeted Bike Investments Using Smart Technology – how Atlanta used a smartphone app to design its protected lane network
- City to City Lessons for Building Protected Bike Lanes: Case Studies from Austin, Memphis and Seattle
- Connecting Our Cities: Lessons for Building Protected Bike Lane Networks
- Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance
- Sharrow, Bicycle Lane or Cycle Track?
- Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lane Efforts – a live summary of the recent study from Portland State University
- FHWA’s 2014 Cycle Track Planning and Design Project – the much-awaited federal review of protected lane design
- State of the Lane: Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S.
- Pro Pop-Up, Pro Pilot – tips for temporary demonstrations
- Designing Intersections for Cycle Tracks: The Vancouver Experience
- Design and Operation Considerations for Four Season Cycling – more winter wisdom, from Montreal and Qubec
- Walking and Cycling for People of All Ages and Abilities in Vancouver – including a look at the diversion of 10,000 auto trips a day to create a protected lane on what had been a seaside arterial
To top it off, the conference will be in downtown Pittsburgh, a rebounding Rust Belt city whose mayor just returned from a Green Lane Project trip to Copenhagen and promptly announced that the city’s first three protected bike lanes will be open by Labor Day, a week before the conference. The sessions will be eclectic; the air will be electric. We’ll see you there.
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