Friday, November 11, 2011

Connecticut Bike Walk Summit 2011

Last year I attended the first Connecticut Bike Walk Summit.  It inspired me to get more involved with Bike Walk CT and the Farmington Valley Greenway.  I have been helping on the planning committee for this event.  Tomorrow is the second annual CT Bike Walk Summit, and I am really looking forward to a fun filled and inspirational day.

Learn How To Create Bike and Walk Friendly Places At Bike Walk Connecticut’s 2nd Annual Summit

New Haven, CT – October 6, 2011 – In just two years, Connecticut has moved all the way from 44th to 21st place in the Bicycle Friendly State Rankings from the League of American Bicyclists.  By working with state officials to pass important legislation such as the 3-Foot Passing Law and the Complete Streets Bill and increasing the visibility of the cycling community, Bike Walk Connecticut has been a vital contributor to this impressive accomplishment; but much more work is required for conditions on the ground to improve. 

To help make that happen, Bike Walk Connecticut will hold its second annual Bike Walk Summit on Saturday, November 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Kroon Hall, Yale University in New Haven.  The theme of the Summit is “Creating Bike and Walk Friendly Places.” Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, will kick off the summit with a presentation on the League’s Bike Friendly America program. Afterwards, attendees can take part in a variety of breakout sessions including: Every Community Can Be Bike Friendly; Bike Friendly America and Economic Development; and A Bike Friendly Community Should Be Walk Friendly Too. There will be additional panels on Advocacy – Making the Case, and What’s Going on in Connecticut.

Following the Summit, Elm City Cycling will lead guided one hour tours (on bike or on foot) for Summit attendees to see for themselves how New Haven has become more bike and walk friendly. After the tour everyone is invited to gather at a nearby restaurant to socialize and strategize.

The public is cordially invited to attend the Summit, but seating is limited and preregistration is required. Admission is $20 for members of Bike Walk Connecticut, students and Yale faculty. Admission for non-members is $30. Go to to register for the Summit and to become a member of Bike Walk Connecticut. 

Bike Walk Connecticut, a 501(c)(3) organization, changing the culture of transportation through advocacy and education.

Please join me if you live in CT and would  like to know more about how you can advocate for a more biking and walking friendly CT. 

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