The 2013 New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit, happening on Saturday, February 23, 2013 is fast approaching. The schedule of the day’s events is now available. Pre-registration closes on February 21 at midnight. Registration will be available on the morning of the summit, for an additional $15 per registrant. Register today!
In this update…
League of American Bicyclists Board Chair to speak at summit
We are pleased to announce that Hans van Naerssen, Chair of the Board of Directors of the League of American Bicyclists, will be among our opening speakers. Hans is a bicycling activist, and an active bicyclist. He is also co-founder and Board Chair, Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes, and Board member and past President of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. He has a Governor’s appointment to the PA Pedestrian and Pedalcycle Advisory Committee, was a citizen member of the regional transportation planning committee, and co-founded his local township Sidewalk, Trails, and Paths committee. He uses these platforms to help make a difference. Before retiring, Hans was Partner of a multi-million dollar international consulting practice, received numerous achievement awards, and was the first to commute by bike to corporate headquarters. He has led and enjoyed biking across USA, in Canada and Europe. His stable includes a Bike Friday for errands and transit-based travel, a recumbent for touring and a mountain bike for thrills.
Building Community Support for Trails
Trails are about much more than bikers or walkers. Trail users are fishermen, equestrians, kids, teachers, persons with disabilities, seniors, people re-habbing from injury or stroke, naturalists, bird watchers, amateur entomologists and astronomers, students and teachers, do g-walkers, parents of toddlers; any of them could be on bike, foot or horseback. To increase sensible, passive access to preserved, open space and other public lands, this is the message to take to public officials and your neighbors: trail users are all of us. Hear how this was accomplished from moderator Michael Gray, project manager of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and panelists Becky Taylor, Co-President – Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation, Charles Latini – Township planner for Ewing Township, and Janice Elsishans, New Jersey Horse Council Trails Advocate, Equestrian Chairperson for the Heritage and Agricultural Association, participant in the Sussex County Trails Partnership and President of the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee, and Wally Tunison of the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA).
Organizing the New Brunswick Ciclovia – From Idea to Launch
The City of New Brunswick in partnership with New Brunswick Tomorrow will launch the first ciclovia, or “open streets”, in New Jersey in 2013. Panelists include Fatimah Williams Castro, Ph.D. of New Brunswick Tomorrow and New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-New Brunswick, and Glenn Patterson, Director of Planning, Community & Economic Development, City of New Brunswick. The panel will cover key topics such as building support, member recruitment, designing a route, and creating a strong planning team and operating structure.
Take our Survey!
The Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation will sponsor a panel at the summit, “Shared Responsibility,” to begin a dialogue between cyclists, law enforcement and motorists. Your views are important; therefore, please complete the survey “Sharing the Road, Sharing the Responsibility: A survey for bicyclists, motorists and law enforcement professionals.” Results will be shared at the summit.
Post-Summit Cocktail Mingle – At 5:30, take a short walk across the street to Christopher’s Bar in the Heldrich hotel. Cash bar, lots of socializing and networking. Make sure you try a “Derailleur,” a special cocktail being prepared for us by the mixologists behind the bar.
Pre-registration closes on February 21 at midnight. Registration will be available on the morning of the Summit, for an additional $15 per registrant. Register today!
Looking forward to meeting you at the summit!
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