Public Day at the Carfree Cities Conference

The upcoming Carfree Cities conference includes a “public day” for the citizens of Portland. It’s free of charge, but DOES require registration:

Towards Carfree Cities VIII: Rethinking Mobility, Rediscovering Proximity
June 16th – 20th

Towards Carfree Cities is an international conference making its North American debut in Portland this year. Hosted by Shift, the conference provides a forum to discuss diverse issues in sustainable transportation and urban livability. Free Public Day events are listed here. For a full program or to register for the entire conference (student and one-day rates available), see

The conference is hosted by Shift, the World Carfree Network, Portland State University, The City of Portland, and Carfree City, USA.

Public Day
Tuesday, June 17th
9:00 – 4:30
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway, 3rd Floor

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Register in advance at so we can be sure to have enough chairs and coffee for everyone.

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast and check-in

Morning sessions 9:00 – 12:00
Room1: Carfree Families
9:00 – 9:45 Carfree Family Stories – We’re Not Supermen: How Mild
Mannered People Demotorize Metropolis
9:45 – 10:30 The Transportation Liberation Roadshow: How to Save
Money, Save Your Sanity, and Save the Planet by Not Driving
10:45 – 12:15 Workshop: Towards Carfree Families: Transportation Solutions for
Families in a Car-Oriented World.
Room 2: Portland’s Freeways
9:00 – 10:30 The Mount Hood Freeway: Portland’s Road Not Taken
10:45 – 12:15 The Columbia River Crossing: Moving Into the Future
Room 3: Hands-on Street Conversion Design Workshop

Afternoon Session 1:30 – 3:15
1:30 – 2:00 Introduction by Mia Birk, Principal, Alta Planning + Design
2:00 – 2:30 Keynote Speaker Andy Clarke, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists
2:30 – 3:15 Keynote speaker Gil Peñalosa, Executive Director, Walk and Bike For Life

…..or, if you’re working all day, be sure to check out the:

Towards Carfree Cities Postcard Art Show
Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 17th
5:00 – 8:00 (Sprockettes at 7:00)
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, in the atrium

Free and open to the public. No registration required. Come one, come all!

• Laura Garzon’s “The Real Deal: Retro/spectives on the Automobile”, a collage series
confronting consumers with the ultimate effects of excessive auto use
• The world-renowned cartoons of Andy Singer
• The comic art of Roberta and Ken Avidor
• An enormous installation of carfree mail-art & postcards from around the world
in celebration of this conference
• Performance by bicycle dance troupe the Sprockettes
• Live music by Reptet
• Interactive art by artists Ashley Montague and Tiago DeJerk
•Pedal-powered refreshments in the parking spaces.

0 responses to “Public Day at the Carfree Cities Conference”

  1. Unfortunately, this happens to be on my High School’s last day of school. Finals, no less. Will these presentations and exhibits be online in any form afterwards? I am still very much interested in seeing them, even if I’ll only be there in spirit.

  2. Chris, any chance you could post information about this webcast when it becomes available? I’m a Portland transplant now with a transit advocacy group in the Twin Cities, and i’d like more information.

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