Eric Weis, ECGA Trail Program Coord.
Phone: (401) 450-7155 Email: email@example.com
Molly Henry, ECGA New England Trail Coord.
Phone: (610) 348-4931 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) invites New England’s active transportation advocates, agency personnel, and professionals in private practice from New England’s bicycle and pedestrian community to exchange ideas and share best practices during an upcoming regional conference.
The fourth biennial New England Bike-Walk Summit will be held Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Summit is a rare opportunity to connect with and learn from key stakeholders in neighboring states. Attendees can expect to gain exposure to new and effective practices and make valuable contacts with colleagues. Focus areas will include:
- Building community engagement to successfully meet goals
- Best practices for infrastructure planning and traffic safety enforcement
- New and innovative concepts for data collection and application
The morning plenary session will focus largely on the collection and use of data for walking and cycling projects with opening remarks from Keith Laughlin, President of Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC). In the afternoon, Karen Jenkins, Board Chair of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) will deliver the keynote address, with a focus on how to engage underrepresented segments of our population in bike and walk advocacy.
On the day of the Summit, the ECGA will unveil Worcester’s first pop-up separated bike lane and mini-park, sponsored by Traffic Safety Store. “The Summit provides a valuable opportunity to demonstrate to stakeholders across the region how to launch similar projects in their communities. Our goal is to develop infrastructure that boosts health and sustainability throughout the region’s communities,” says Eric Weis, Trail Program Coordinator for ECGA. The pop-up project is the result of a partnership with local advocacy group, WalkBike Worcester.
The New England Bike Walk Summit was developed by Weis and the ECGA staff as a regional complement to the annual National Bike Summit hosted by LAB. (The ECGA plans to add a future Southeast Summit.) Attendance has grown with each edition of the NE Summit, and the event continues to draw high profile leaders in the region’s bike-ped movement. “You see agency staff from one state DOT, sitting at a table with agency staff from one or two or three other state DOTs, talking about working with their state legislatures and local advocates to move projects forward,” says Weis. “It’s a great event for everyone involved.”
Register here for the 2015 New England Bike Walk Summit, or join the conversation at #NEBWS2015.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is the non-profit organization spearheading the development of the East Coast Greenway,a 2,900 mile greenway route from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. Based in Durham, NC, the ECGA also employs field staff in each of its four regions. The Alliance promotes the vision for connecting local trails into a continuous route, provides strategic assistance for states, counties, and municipalities that build local trail sections, officially designates trails as part of the ECG trail system, posts signage, and makes maps and guides to facilitate use of the Greenway.
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