Last week I went to the best conference EVER! Remember a couple months ago when I wrote about "How I Won a $700 Scholarship in 1.5 Hours"? This was the conference which gave me the scholarship. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals (APBP) had their Professional Development Seminar in St. Louis, and gave attendees the option of either sitting in a conference room to listen to presentations, or the option of going out on "mobile tours." With 50 lendable bicycles, dozens of participants explored the city, getting a first-hand glance at what bike planning can be like.
The weather was perfect last Tuesday for a morning walking tour of Washington University in St. Louis. Their beautiful campus is road-locked, meaning they cannot expand beyond their current footprint. In the interest of best serving their approximately 14,000 students and thousands of faculty, they've hired a transportation planner to spread the word about walking, biking, busing, and carpooling to campus. They will be building more academic facilities over parking lots, which will increase the need for alternative transportation.
In the afternoon, we took a bike tour of North St. Louis, where the infamous Pruitt-Igoe public housing development left a scar on the city, and where the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is helping community members save houses and stores from crumbling back into the clay mines which formed them.
I'll be highlighting elements of my trip throughout the week to share some of the excellent information I gained. Stay tuned!