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Big NC Bike Summit at UNCG Oct.10-12

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by CommunityEngagement. Tags:
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Photo caption: Dr. Jay Lennartson biking at UNCG


 

Third time’s a charm, for those who support bicycling in Greensboro.

The Third Annual NC Bike Summit will be hosted by UNCG and Greensboro Oct. 10-12, 2014.

This is the third statewide bike summit, and the first outside the Triangle area, Suzanne Williams notes. “Partly because Greensboro has been designated a Bike Friendly Community and because UNCG was named the first Bicycle Friendly University in the state, Greensboro was selected as the host city.”

Last year there were around 170 participants. This year organizers are expecting at least 200.

Most sessions will be held on the UNCG campus. According to the web site, topics will include:

  • Innovative Outreach & Planning Techniques
  • The Value of Public-Private Partnerships
  • Bike-Sharing • How to Partner with Businesses
  • Bicycling Tourism

Two additional highlights are:

  • A Better Blocks Party event downtown on Friday evening, Oct. 10
  • Group bike rides Sunday afternoon Oct. 12. Both events free and open to the public.

Planners, advocates, cyclists and non-cyclists from across the state will attend, as well as elected officials.

The two keynote speakers are Jeff Miller, leader of the national Alliance for Biking and Walking, and Tommy Pacello, a leader of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis.

There is a real momentum in Greensboro right now for biking, says Williams, UNCG’s associate director of Campus Access and Travel Demand Management. “The summit is a part of those efforts.

“The purpose of the summit is to bring business leaders, community members, advocates and planners together to collaboratively help make Greensboro and all of North Carolina safer and easier for bicyclists and pedestrians,” she added.

Full details are at http://www.bikewalknc.org/nc-bicycle-summit.

For details about bicycling at UNCG, visit http://parking.uncg.edu/bike. Look for a story next week about UNCG’s newest bicycling initiatives.

Reposted from UNCG Campus Weekly