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City welcomes delegates to Vancouver for 2016 Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference

September 12 2016

The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference logo with people walking and cycling on Hornby Street in the background
Photograph by Paul Krueger

Together with Vancouver Coastal Health, Active Aging British Columbia, and Translink, we are proud to host the 2016 Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place (PWPBPP) Conference at the Sheraton Wall Centre from September 12-15.

About the conference

The PWPBPP Conference is the largest active transportation event in North America and has been the premier conference on this topic for more than 30 years. It brings together more than a 1,000 delegates and participants from around the world including:

  • Elected officials
  • Community leaders
  • Advocates
  • Academics
  • Professionals from the planning, engineering, and health sectors who work to create communities that are walkable, bicycle friendly, and full of great places

The theme this year “Moving Towards a Healthier World” emphasizes shared goals of many of Vancouver’s plans including:

Selected to host the conference in part to our commitment to a healthier and greener city

We were selected to host the 2016 conference in part to our commitment to a healthier and greener city including our:

  • Expanding active transportation infrastructure
  • Commitment to transportation for all ages and abilities
  • High walking and cycling mode share
  • Great urban places
  • Ambitious environmental goals

Topics that will be discussed

The conference will focus on areas such as:

  • Complete streets
  • Safe routes to school
  • Active community design
  • Protected bicycling infrastructure
  • Placemaking, and more

Highlights

Some highlights include:

  • Charles Montgomery, an Urban Experimentalist, author of Happy City, and resident of Vancouver, will join us to probe the question of how cities influence the way we think, feel and act. He will share insights on happiness gained from working in cities around the world.
  • Social Psychiatrist Mindy T. Fullilove, author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, will bring her extensive expertise on issues such as displacement, urban mental health, inequality, and health disparities to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place. You might think of Dr. Fullilove as a psychiatrist for our cities.

Placemaking Week will also kick off in Vancouver on September 12-17.  Attendees will develop strategies to advance placemaking locally and globally.  

We are excited to share our experience and learn from our counterparts from around the world.

Learn more about the conference and register