PlacesForBikes is based on a particular theory of change: we help good ideas spread.
This process — you might know it by the name "innovation" — is both unpredictable and fragile. But it depends on individuals who embrace new ideas and help lead their communities to embrace them.
That's where our events come in.
Like almost everything we do at PlacesForBikes, our events are aimed at a group of people we call "city builders." That includes politicians, transportation professionals, public administrators, community advocates, business leaders and nonprofit visionaries. Simply put, it's people who do stuff.
We connect those people with each other, both inside the United States and abroad.
This is a first-of-its-kind conference in June for elected officials, city staff, community and business leaders, local funders, bike retailers, and advocates. It'll mark the kickoff of our new PlacesForBikes city ranking.
Since 2009, more than 300 city officials and professionals have participated in our study tours. Study tours are a powerful tool for helping leaders develop and implement a vision for better streets back home. Watch this short video about how why you should start planning and fundraising to attend in 2018. (Note: There is not a study tour in 2017.)
Dutch and Danish cities are internationally renowned for their safe and efficient multi-modal transportation networks, successful urban design, and strong local economies. Experiencing a fully realized, mature bicycle transportation network up close is an invaluable and transformative step for city leaders as they work to “translate” model practices from European experience to unique American streets. The delegation of transportation professionals and city officials will spend time with local and international experts in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Malmo, Sweden and other model cities on a fact-finding mission of best practices for everyday bicyclng and high-quality city life.
Study tour alumni are invited to join the LinkedIn group to stay in touch with European hosts and fellow delegates.