Eugene's Walking and Biking Summit
And Why You Should Attend
**updated- schedule at the bottom**
This year’s 4th Annual Walking and Biking Summit will be held on January 24th at the Sheldon Community Center from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The primary focus of the 2010 Summit will be to kick off the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan process. There will be breakfast, childcare, speakers, an input session, booths from local groups and vendors, a Fashion Show, and more… all for FREE. So besides the fun and engaging things going on why is it important for families to come to this event?!
The Master Plan that the City of Eugene is starting work on is the first ‘active transportation’ focused plan they have ever done, it will lay the groundwork for the kind of bicycling and walking facilities the city will be building in the coming years. Up to this point all modes of transportation were planned through TransPlan, the regional transportation plan which had an element of walking and biking to it but didn’t address it separately. This is the first time a more specific plan has been created and it will give more details and priorities to active transportation projects. The City of Eugene needs to hear from families on what kind of facilities they want to see. Many of the cycling facilities we currently have are made for the small percentage of people who feel comfortable cycling amongst traffic and our pedestrian facilities are lacking in many areas. Parents and children have needs and interests that are different from others, come and share those at this years Summit.
If we want to see more kids walking and biking to school we need to have facilities that make it the easy choice by making it safer, faster, and more convenient than driving. To have these kind of facilities built families need to tell the City that they want them. Come to the Summit and tell the city what kind of changes you want to see.
While you’re there you might just have some fun watching the Active Transportation Fashion Show, enjoying some Off the Waffle breakfast, chatting it up with folks, and maybe winning a prize in the raffle.
If you’re on Facebook you can join the event and spread the word.
Summit Schedule Here—->
Eugene’s Walking & Biking Summit
January 23, 2010
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Rd
*FREE Valet Bike Parking Available*
9:00-9:50: Large Group Gathering
- Jennifer Smith – BPAC Co-Chair
- Bill Nesper – League of American Bicyclists
- Mayor Kitty Piercy
- Ellen Vanderslice – Willamette Pedestrian Coalition
9:50-10:00: Eugene’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan
10:10-11:10: Master Plan Input Session
11:10-11:30: Re-Group and Share Ideas from Input Session
11:45-12:30: Active Transportation Fashion Show
12:30-1:15: Time to Visit Booths, Ask Questions (don’t forget to have your passport stamped at each booth)
1:15: Closing and Passport Prize Raffle