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#1 2010-02-18 18:47:49

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Austin Bike Summit -- April 9th evening + April 10th all day

The Annual Austin Bike Summit is on!  April 9-10th, 2010

The summit will give the Austin community the opportunity to assess what we've got, share tools to build upon that, and discuss our common and varied goals.

The summit will be co-hosted by the League of Bicycling Voters, Austin Cycling Association, Yellow Bike Project, and others.  LOBV is managing the logistics, and we'll have information posted on our website, as it comes.

The event will begin with a social get-together and plenary on the evening of Friday, April 9th at [a location to be determined] in downtown Austin.  Saturday, April 10th will be all-day, with sixteen workshops plus full assemblies, and will be located at Yellow Bike Project's new headquarters at East 12th Street & Webberville Road in east Austin.

Most workshops will be presented by local experts, while others will consist of facilitated discussion.  Workshops will cover educational programs, such as how to expand after school programs, how to reach out to get more kids biking and walking, and to discuss what is needed.

We'll also cover promotion, including how we can pool our resources together for promotion as some industries do, bike ambassador programs, and the opportunities of Bike Month.

Advocacy will be discussed for organizational and individual audiences:  How do the UTC, ACA, MUTCD, and LCIs fit into one picture and how they can better work together; how to maximize the potential of the "three-legged stool" of advocacy, political, and government; where and how individuals can be most effective when interfacing with government and non-profit entities; and how each of us can better handle the most notorious of one-on-one encounters -- those on the road.

We'll also get a perspective on bicycle facility design in Austin, an overview of the city's bike program, and what is in the works.

The old and new phenomena of social rides has been helpful in bringing new people into the fold.  We'll have a workshop to discuss the further potential of bicycling as a social phenomenon.

One of the workshops that I'm most looking forward to is a discussion on how we can better incorporate and interface the bicycle "movement" with businesses.  There will also be a workshop on bike-related enterprises, both a how-to and a discussion of the importance of such businesses.

We'll conclude the "work" part of the day with a recap, some goal setting, and making sure each of us gets started on the right foot to make things happen.  Then we'll slip again into the mingling and other informal sharing and conversations with a closing evening social get-together.

Feel welcome to contact me with any questions, ideas for workshops, or to get involved with the planning of the Austin Bike Summit.  We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Tom Wald
Executive Director
League of Bicycling Voters
Tom at

Last edited by tomwald (2010-02-20 14:57:45)


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