Active Transportation

A Fun Week Ahead at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 Conference

We are proud and excited to be a bronze sponsor for the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference that will be held in Vancouver, September 12th to 15th. It is going to be a fun week and we’ll have a booth set up on the conference floor throughout the week. Swing by booth #13 on the conference floor and say hello, enter our daily draws to win some great prizes, snack on some fruit, power up your mobile device or have a nap on our comfortable couch.

The official conference program can be viewed here.

Here is a list of events we’ll be involved in during the week:

Monday September 12

1. Walk Bike Place Film Night

Urban-Systems-Public-FilmOur friends at Modacity will be hosting Walk Bike Place Public Film night. Our recent #Biketoria video will be shown along with a variety of other short films. This event is open to the public so please join us.
When: 8 to 10 PM
Where: Sheraton Centre Ballroom, 1088 Burrand St. Vancouver


2. APBP Annual Meeting and Dine Arounds

We will also be well represented at APBP’s Annual Meeting that will commence at 6:30 PM. This event is free for APBP members
Where: Sheraton Wall Centre: Junior Ballroom D, 3rd Floor, North Tower
Why: Network, have fun and learn about what’s new at APBP.
BONUS! The meeting will be followed by the always popular and not to be missed “Dine Arounds” in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Rumour has it there are reservations at 7 restaurants throughout the downtown core. Each restaurant will have a host and will have about 10 people. Our own Brian Patterson and Sarah Freigang will be hosting.

Tuesday September 13

1. Breakout Period 1 – Pavilion C – #BIKETORIA: Creating The World’s Best Small City for Cycling in Victoria, BC

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Urban-Systems-Biketoria-FeaturedThe City of Victoria has set a bold goal and vision to be the world’s best small city for cycling. We worked with the City to lead an international ‘dream team’ – including Alta Planning + Design, Gehl Architects, and 8 80 Cities – to lead the initiative, branded as #BIKETORIA.

This session will tell the #BIKETORIA story from a range of perspectives, including consultants, staff, politicians, and community leaders, as well as an overview of the process with specific lessons on how leadership and bold commitments from the city can help to create the circumstances for transformative change, and what other communities can learn from a rapid implementation project such as this.


Melissa Bruntlett, Modacity
Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
Jeremy Loveday, City Councillor, City Victoria
Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Practice Leader at Urban Systems
Ray Straatsma, RStreets Strategies

2. An Urban Systems Event: Cycling Across Canada – How Canadian cities are promoting cycling for people of all ages and abilities

Vancouver is one of the most livable and bicycle-friendly cities in North America. But what are other cities across Canada doing to promote cycling? Join us at this fun, informal event to learn about the state of cycling in cities across Canada, ranging from Calgary’s wildly successful City Centre Cycle Track Network pilot project, to Winnipeg’s award-winning long-range active transportation plan and Victoria’s plan to become the world’s best small city for cycling by 2018, among others.


This evening event will include short pecha kucha presentations from politicians, municipal staff, and cycling advocates from cities across Canada, including Victoria, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by Darren Davis.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Sorry folks the event is now sold out.


  • Victoria – Jeremy Loveday, City Councillor, City of Victoria
  • Calgary – Tom Thivener, Projects Coordinator, Livable Streets Division, City of Calgary
  • Saskatoon – Vicky Reaney, Project Manager, Active Transportation Plan, City of Saskatoon
  • Winnipeg – Jamie Hilland, Program Manager, Green Action Centre
  • Toronto – Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Manager, Cycling Infrastructure & Programs, City of Toronto
  • Montreal – Bartek Komorowski, Project Leader, VeloQuebec
  • Halifax – Hanita Koblents, Former Active Transportation Coordinator, Halifax Regional Municipality

We will also feature a short video for Ottawa prepared by Kate Whitfield from Parsons, and our moderator will be Darren Davis, Auckland Transport.

Wednesday September 14

Cargo Bike Race in North Vancouver

Urban-Systems-cargobikeOur good friends at Modacity have organized a cargo bike race to coincide with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Networking Event. We’ll be racing and showing off our beauty Christiania cargo bike.

When: 6 – 8 PM
Where: North Vancouver Shipyards (Wallace Mews Road).

All of the cargo bikes will be on display underneath the yellow crane in the square at 6 PM, along with their owners available to answer questions from the attendees.

Group Ride to North Van: If you’d like to join the cargo bike convoy from downtown Vancouver to the North Shore, meet outside the Sheraton Wall Centre at 5pm SHARP, and we can ride the Lion’s Gate Bridge over as a group.

Check out this video from the 2nd Vancouver Cargo Bike Championship from earlier in the summer.

We are very excited to showcase Vancouver to all conference delegates. Have a great Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 conference!!

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