Areas of focus: Safe Routes to School, complete streets, smart growth , social equity, and policy change
Based in Portland, OR
WALC Institute Executive Director Robert Ping has focused nearly his entire career on getting people more active, especially through walking and bicycling. Robert has more than two decades experience managing non-profit organizations and programs, with experience in Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, smart growth and social equity, policy change at the national, state, regional and local levels, bicycling and walking program management and technical assistance, public speaking, and community organizing. From 2003-2013 Robert focused on Safe Routes to School, becoming the nation’s leading expert in the movement to get kids active and improve the built environment.
- Facilitated and participated in dozens of active living workshops in communities throughout the US, 2004-2016
- Keynote or breakout session speaker at over 60 national and state conferences, 1999-2016
- Served on Congressional Task Force of the Federal Highway Administration, produced report to Congress with recommendations for the national Safe Routes to School program, 2007-2008
- Provided direct technical assistance to state and city active living efforts in 30 states and dozens of cities, 2004-2016
- Director of the State Network Project, advancing Complete Streets, federal bicycle and pedestrian funding, and related active transportation programs and policies in 24 states, 2007-2014
- Managed nationally-recognized statewide comprehensive bicycle safety education program throughout Oregon, reaching over 40,000 students, 2004-2007
- Directed community bicycle education, mentoring and job training programs for lower-income populations, S.F. Bay Area, 1997-2002
- Authored series of 11 award-winning Livability fact sheets in partnership with AARP, on various topics including Road Diets, Bicycling, Form-Based Code, Sidewalks, Roundabouts, Trees and more.
- Keynote speaker, including 7th International Conference on URBAN Traffic Safety, Edmonton BC; Montana Bike/Walk Summit; Oregon Active Transportation Summit; and more.