But Portland does host the Towards Carfree Cities conference from Monday, June 16th through Friday the 20th.
The theme of the conference is Rethinking Mobility, Rediscovering Proximity.
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 future.
The conference is followed by Portland’s very first ciclovia, which the city is calling Sunday Parkways. Next Sunday, June 22nd, from 8am to 2pm a big chunk of North Portland will be carfree.
From the PDOT Portland Sunday Parkways webpage:
6 miles, 6 hours, zero traffic!
A circular route of city streets open to walk, bike, run, jump & skip – without having to watch out for cars!
A 6 mile “temporary park”, connecting North Portland neighborhoods and residents.
A relaxed, non-competitive, FREE event featuring a variety of activities in 4 parks and along the route.
Below are some links to local and national coverage of the Towards Carfree Cities conference:
- Imagining a world minus automobiles – ScrippsNews
- What is carfree? – SFBG Politics Blog
- Summit drives home reasons to curb cars – Portland Tribune
- Turning Grey to Green – Portland Observer
- This Sunday, it’s no cars allowed in North Portland