Carfree Cities Conference Kicks Off in Portland

The World Carfree Network’s Towards Carfree Cities conference is underway in Portland, Oregon this week. Now in its eight year, it’s the first time the event has come to North America. Streetsblog EIC Aaron Naparstek made the trip, along with others from The Open Planning Project Livable Streets crew.

TOPP’s Nick Grossman is live-blogging the conference, and if we can get Aaron off his rental bike we’ll have coverage on Streetsblog as well.

Photo: Nick Grossman 

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