Press Release

Press Release

PACE of the Midlands, together with the University of South Carolina School of Public Health Prevention Research Center and the Carolina Pacific Community Foundation, will be sponsoring a conference entitled "Moving Forward: Reconvening of the Walkabilities Conference". The conference will be held Tuesday, February 9th, 1999, at 7 p.m., Gallery 701 in Olympia.

Moving Forward is a conference designed to bring together individuals and organizations interested in improving the quality of life in the Columbia area through community planning and alternative transportation initiatives. One of the outputs of Moving Forward will be a community directory participants can use to get their projects--whether itís sidewalks or safety or planning or parks--off the ground, by identifying other organizations and individuals with common interests and important resources to provide.

The conference is open to the public, and is intended for community activists, private citizens, organizations, and government agencies-- anyone interested in the following issues:

While the primary focus of the conference will be on the greater Columbia metro area, groups and individuals interested in similar initiatives in other areas throughout the state are encouraged to attend. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet state-level contacts and share experiences with other local organizations.


Format of the Conference

About PACE

PACE (Pedestrian And Cyclist Expressways) of the Midlands is a non-partisan citizensí advocacy group formed after the Walkabilities Conference & Town Meeting held in the fall of 1997. Currently PACE has about 40-50 members, predominantly from Richland and Lexington Counties. PACEís goal is to make the Columbia area into a more human-scaled, bike & pedestrian friendly community. The primary function of PACE is to bring together citizen activists to identify and support initiatives related to PACEís goals.

Some PACE activities thus far have included:

PACE of the Midlands meets the first Monday of the month at 7pm at Gallery 701 (Corner of Whaley & Huger Streets across from the old mill in Olympia) in Columbia, SC. The group meets on the 2nd Monday if the first is a holiday. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Fitz

PACE of the Midlands

803-796-7693 (home)

803-936-5905 (work)


Regina Fields

Program Consultant

USC School of Public Health Prevention Research Center

Columbia, SC 29208

803-777-4159 fax 803-777-9007