Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Connecticut Bike Walk Summit Post Script

Saturday November 12, 2011 was an inspiring day for Bike Walk advocates around the state of Connecticut. Well over 100 people met at the 2nd Annual Connecticut Bike Walk Summit to share ideas on how to make their communities and Connecticut a healthier-friendlier bike-walk place to live. 

The day included a keynote presentation by Andy Clarke, the President for the League of American Bicyclists to give us a historical to present day perspective of all the achievements made by the league and direction on how we can make our communities and CT more bicycle friendly.  Andy told us their first achievement was in the late 1800's advocating and getting the first paved roads to accommodate the newest form of transportation for the time... bicycles.

Breakout Session:  A Bike Friendly Community Should Be Walk Friendly Too.
Francisco Gomes Fitzgerald & Halliday, Phil Miller State Rep, David Marcus Livable Norwalk, Jim Travers New Haven Economic Development

There were 3 different panel discussion workshops to choose from, in 2 breakout sessions.  They were Every Community Can Be Bike Friendly, Bike Friendly America and Economic Development, and A Bike Friendly Community Should be Walk Friendly too.  At lunch we had 2 panel discussions, Advocacy Making the Case and What's going on in CT.

Advocacy: Making the Case
Roland Lemar State Rep, Martin Looney State Senator, Tom Condon Hartford Columnist Hartford Courant

The speakers ranged from the president of the trails council, state senators, state representatives, local business leaders, local and state leaders and advocates, news columnists.  All and all a diverse representation of the efforts going on in the state to make CT more bike walk friendly.

If you would like to stay up to date with Bike Walk CT following them on Facebook.

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