As 2008 comes to an end it is very exciting to think of the possibilites for 2009. A new President, a new way of thinking and of course the 2009 National Bike Summit. Put these dates in your iPhone or Blackberry and let us know if you will be attending it would be great to have a meet and greet on Capitol Hill.
Dates : March 10 – March 13 in Washington, DC.
Workshops that have caught my eye:
” The America Bikes agenda for transportation policy: changing outcomes. Discover how the America Bikes Coalition platform will change the rules of transportation funding and policy and get more people riding.
” Bicycle advocates and industry leaders united for change. The bicycle industry is more involved than ever in advocacy. Learn how we can more effectively work together in the corridors of power.
” The value of trails: so much more than a fun place to ride. IMBA leaders document the real estate, health, travel, and sustainability benefits of trails in urban areas. Learn how trails and bike paths can be a vital real estate asset and transform your community.
” Making local transportation choice a major national priority. Short, local, non-commute trips dominate travel throughout the United States but are overlooked in transportation models and priorities. Learn how and why we must turn this dynamic around in the next transportation bill.
” Complete Streets: the next generation. Suddenly, Complete Streets is on everyone’s agenda for change. Complete Streets coalition leaders share their strategy for turning interest into effective, enforceable and measurable results.
” Getting a Fair Share for Safety. Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities and get less than 1% of federal safety funds. Strategize on ways the next transportation bill can redress this balance.
” Urban Trails and Jump Parks. The next frontiers are your neighborhood and city parks. Providing great riding close to home is the perfect way to attract youth to mountain biking. Learn how trails in urban areas have transformed the riding scene.
” Becoming best friends with transit. The benefits of combining bikes and transit are clear: join transit leaders and local bicycle advocates in exploring how to make the partnership work on the ground.
“ The role of bicycle dealers in national and local advocacy. Local bicycle retailers straddle the business and bicycling communities, giving them a unique perspective. Learn how their voice can be a force for good in meeting with Congress, City Council and local business leaders.
” Safe Routes to School Times Three. The remarkable success of the Safe Routes to School program argues for a significant increase in funding and easier project delivery. Discover the game plan for getting this done in the new transportation bill.
” An urban agenda for transportation authorization. Cities make the case for greater levels of funding and control over transportation dollars in the next transportation bill.
” Creating a Bicycle Friendly America. The League, IMBA and Bikes Belong leaders examine the role of federal policy in creating bicycle friendly states, communities and businesses.