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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pro Walk/Pro Bike Comes to Seattle

posted by on September 2 at 18:29 PM

Pro Walk/ Pro Bike 2008—that would be the same bike/ped conference Seattle almost forfeited when it mysteriously demoted bike/ped manager Peter Lagerwey, one of the most respected bike planners in the nation, early last year—is happening this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the Westin in downtown Seattle.

You can still register as a walk-in participant—I’m particularly interested in Thursday’s panel on “How to Develop and Implement a Successful Bike Master Plan,” headlined by Lagerwey, given the extent to which Seattle’s own Bicycle Master Plan has been whittled away—but Friday afternoon’s event, which will look at how biking and walking can impact climate change, is free and open to the public. According to the conference web site, it’s an “interactive workshop” where participants will explore “(1) the value of trading a car trip for a bicycling or walking trip, (2) strategies to create buy-in from general public, businesses and elected officials, and (3) improving air quality through policies, programs and projects that promote bicycling and walking.” Full details available here.

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I love how their GETTING THERE link has no suggested route for bicycling. Maybe that's because the poorly designed curb-side SLUT tracks run right in front of the Westin. And Greg Nickels giving the keynote at this conference is akin to Sarah Palin speaking to Planned Parenthood.

Posted by DOUG. | September 2, 2008 7:11 PM

Nickels giving the keynote address? Gee, I guess the Pro Bike/Pro Walk conference organizers thought that there might be a shortage of platitudes being tossed around...

Posted by Hernandez | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM

An “interactive workshop”. How exciting!

Posted by Giffy | September 2, 2008 9:10 PM

I was thinking of going. Will they validate parking?

Posted by Joe M | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM

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