Gil Penalosa’s keynote speech from the Carfree Conference

“We have learned how to survive, now we really need to learn how to live.” –Gil Penalosa at the Carfree Conference last Tuesday I have finally gotten a chance to upload my audio recording of Gil Penalosa’s keynote address to the Towards Carfree Cities Conference at Portland State University last Tuesday. Penalosa’s speech and presentation … Read more

Families, freeways, among topics as Carfree Conference kicks off

Hard at work in a street redesign workshop.Photo Gallery(Photos © J. Maus) After depaving a former parking lot in North Portland yesterday, the Towards Carfree Cities Conference marched on this morning at Portland State University. The first half of the program dealt with two topics of major interest to urban planners (and anyone interested in … Read more

Andy Clarke to speak at free Public Day of Carfree Conference

League of American Bicyclists Executive Director Andy Clarke.(Photo © J. Maus) The eighth annual Towards Carfree Cities Conference is coming to Portland in less than a month (June 16-20) and organizers have lined up an impressive list of speakers, events, and workshops. The latest addition to the program is a keynote presentation by head honcho … Read more

Democracy Now! talks bikes, carfree conference in Portland

National independent news program Democracy Now! stopped in Portland this morning and filmed a segment on Portland’s bike-friendliness. Show host Amy Goodman sat down and talked with BTA Executive Director Scott Bricker about how Portland became so bike-friendly and she asked transportation activist Elly Blue about the upcoming International Toward Carfree Cities conference which is … Read more

Carfree conference plans take shape

“Rethinking Mobility, Rediscovering Proximity” This summer, Portland will host the eighth annual, international Towards Carfree Cities Conference. For the past several months, conference organizer Elly Blue and a dedicated volunteer crew have been working to solidify the program schedule, find sponsorships, and take care of the myriad tasks and tedium involved with hosting an event … Read more