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 carfreeportland.org.
The conference is hosted by Shift, the World Carfree Network, Portland State University, The City of Portland, and Carfree City, USA.
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 carfreeportland.org/reg/pub 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
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.