Worcester Hosts ECGA’s Fourth Biennial New England Bike-Walk Summit

By Molly Henry, ECGA Trail Coordinator 

League of American Bicyclists Board Chair Karen Jenkins, ECGA Board Chair, and RTC President Keith Laughlin.

LAB Board Chair Karen Jenkins, ECGA Board Chair Dave Read, and RTC President Keith Laughlin.

On Thursday, September 24, approximately 200 professionals and grassroots advocates in the bicycling and walking field flocked to Worcester, MA, for a day of sharing, networking and inspiration.

Summit highlights included a sneak peek at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s new comprehensive trail planning tools, presented by RTC President, Keith Laughlin. Karen Jenkins, Board Chair of the League of American Bicyclists, offered inspiring words and a call to action around methods to increase inclusivity and equity in the bike movement.

Pop up traffic separated bike laneThe afternoon field session included a pop-up separated bike lane organized and presented by Molly Henry, ECGA New England coordinator, and Karin Valentine Goins, WalkBike Worcester, co-founder and co-chair.

With a total of 11 presentation topics to choose from, the Summit covered groundbreaking tools for collecting bike-ped data, the newest engineering trends in bike-ped infrastructure, strategies for place-making, winter-facility maintenance, policy changes, and much more.

Lynne Tolman (L) talks about the Major Taylor Association at the NEBWS2015 poster session.

Poster session with Lynne Tolman of Major Taylor Association.

For more on this year’s Summit, please check out this article published by Mark Conti in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. A big thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, keynote speakers, presenters and everyone who participated in what was a truly remarkable day. We hope to see you for the fifth biennial New England Bike-Walk Summit in 2017!