Walk/Bike/Places is the premier conference in North America for walking, bicycling, and placemaking professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Produced biannually in different cities around the world by the New York City-based nonprofit, Project for Public Spaces (PPS), Walk/Bike/Places focuses on addressing the most important and challenging issues of the moment, and making the conference a place where diverse voices are heard, and leaving a positive legacy in the host city.
In 2020, Big Car assisted PPS in developing their first ever virtual conference on August 3-7. With this platform, we highlighted exciting projects and programs throughout Indianapolis. Through screens, participants took a tour of the nitty gritty details of functional and dysfunctional streets in the city with Bike Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, crowdfunded public space highlights with Patronicity, porch parties with Harrison Center, tactical urbanism projects with Indiana State Department of Health, and the story of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Attendees also learned Big Car’s study of societies seeking utopia and our affordable housing programming.
In 2021, Big Car is teaming up with PPS to co-produce a hybrid conference both in Indianapolis and online June 15-18. This year’s theme is “The Route to Recovery,” and the program will give us an opportunity to explore how our streets and public spaces can act as agents of healing from the pandemic, as well as the many challenges and injustices that it magnified, like systemic inequities and our often deadly auto-oriented transportation systems.
This program features 50+ online breakout sessions and short talks, as well as in-person mobile workshops and social events, all providing a glimpse into what active transportation professionals and advocates have learned over the past year, and how they plan to move forward now.
If you join us in person, you will also be able to choose from a dozen mobile workshops throughout Indianapolis. These in-depth tours and discussions will explore some of the city’s most inspiring active transportation and placemaking projects. Additionally, the conference will offer a selection of networking events in some of the city’s most beloved public spaces as well as creative virtual gatherings for those attending online. Check out the full program!
Registration is still open for locals to attend. See you there!