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New Orleans Selected to Host 2018 Walk / Bike / Places Conference

New Orleans, LA -- Organizers of the Walk / Bike / Places 2018 conference are inviting individuals, agencies and organizations to submit ideas for mobile workshops and local projects to take place during the conference that will be hosted in New Orleans on September 16-19, 2018. 
 
Walk / Bike / Places, formerly called Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place, is an international gathering that connects people who are working to create engaging places that are walkable and bike-friendly, and it is the premier conference in North America for walking and bicycling professionals from the public and private sectors. Every two years, the conference is hosted in different host city that is selected through a competitive process. The 20th Walk / Bike / Places conference will be held in New Orleans in 2018 coinciding with the city's tricentennial.
 
"Greater New Orleans has always had a special sense of place, and the current momentum for better walking and biking is exciting. With Walk / Bike / Places, we're thrilled to come together to show off recent local achievements, learn with others from around the region, country, and world, and build the the energy and expertise required to meet our region's mobility needs for the next 300 years," explained Dan Favre, Executive Director at Bike Easy and Chair of the Walk / Bike / Places Local Host Committee. 
 
Organized by the Project for Public Spaces, and supported by Bike Easy and the Local Host Committee, the 20th Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans is expected to draw more than 1,500 city planners, transportation engineers, public health professionals, elected officials, placemakers, community leaders, and advocates for walking, bicycling, and transit.
 
The Local Host Committee is encouraging people and organizations throughout Greater New Orleans to get involved by submitting ideas for "mobile workshops" and "local projects" with this online form or in written format at the Bike Easy office.

In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the conference offers attendees mobile workshops - opportunities to experience the host city outside of hotel walls while highlighting local initiatives that advance the values of connectivity, access, engagement, equity, and resilience. The Local Host Committee, which includes professionals and citizen advocates working in a wide range of sectors, seeks to share the work of local individuals and groups who are making Greater New Orleans a better place to live, work, and gather.  
 
In addition, the conference offers opportunities to support local project initiatives through volunteer hours, labor, technical assistance, peer problem solving with conference  attendees from around the world, and/or mini-grants. 
 
All interested parties are encouraged to submit their idea for a Walk / Bike / Places mobile workshop and/or local project here.

More information on this Call for Ideas can be found here. Deadline for submission is Monday, November 6, 2017. Ideas can be submitted online here. Paper applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Bike Easy office, 2100 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Additionally, paper applications will be available in the front lobby of the RTA Canal facility. 

If you have questions, please email walkbikenola@gmail.com or visit www.walkbikeplaces.org

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