Register now! Towards Carfree Cities conference -- and free public day
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From: Eleanor Blue <eleanor.blue@...>
Date: Mon, May 12, 2008 at 8:44 PM
Subject: [carfree_network] Register now! Towards Carfree Cities conference
-- and free public day
Please help spread the word!
You are invited to attend Towards Carfree Cities
an international conference being held from June 16th to 20th, 2008 in
Portland, Oregon, USA. This year is the conference's first in North America;
Brussels will be the host in 2009.
Our theme this year is Rethinking Mobility, Rediscovering Proximity. The
week offers a great chance to learn about the many facets of the emerging
global carfree movement, meet people from all over the world who are at the
cutting edge of sustainable transportation and livability efforts, and
inform and inspire your own work to move your city or yourself away from
To attend, please register now at carfreeportland.org/register. Registration
fees are available on a sliding scale, and include a one-day rate. Contact
portland@... to ask about registration discounts.
Tuesday, June 17th is the conference's Public Day, which is open to the
public and features a marketplace/expo, workshops on carfree family living,
a session on Portland's historic battle against the Mount Hood Freeway, and
our keynote speaker, Gil
Register for Public Day at
Donations are encouraged, but nobody will be turned away.
Volunteers are still needed, before and during the conference. We still have
some opportunities for people to volunteer in exchange for admission. Email
Tim at volunteer@... to find out more.
Conference attendees will:
- Learn from an exciting lineup of speakers and workshops (
- Enjoy international carfree-themed mail art in City Hall and its parking
- Watch carfree-themed movies during the film night
- Swing your partner to old-time square dance music, in the street, of
- Help depave <http://depave.org> a parking lot and turn it into a community
Other exciting events occuring before, during, and after the conference
- June 12- 28 - Pedalpalooza <http://pedalpalooza.org>, Portland's annual
festival of 2+ weeks of bike fun
- June 22 - Sunday
Portland's first-ever ciclovia style street closure
- June 28 - Multnomah County Bike Fair, the culmination of all things bikey
Any questions? Don't hestitate to contact us at portland@....
The Towards Carfree Cities conference series brings together people from
around the world who work to promote practical alternatives to car
dependence. The conference attracts professionals, advocates, and community
leaders who focus on the creation of sustainable transportation systems and
on the transformation of cities, towns, and villages into human-scaled
environments rich in public space and community life.
The fundamental role of the conference is to share knowledge and assist the
practical work of conference participants, whether it be organizing
community events, promoting urban cycling, or building the carfree cities of
The conference is hosted by Shift <http://www.shift2bikes.org>, the World
Carfree Network <http://worldcarfree.net>, Portland State
The City of Portland <http://gettingaroundportland.org>, and Carfree City,
WORLD CARFREE NETWORK
home address: 20 Gale Lane
Acomb, York YO24 3BB, U.K.
tel: +(44) 1904 796860
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