May is National Bike Month. Help inspire personal, corporate and local government action to make the Grand Rapids area more bicycle friendly by attending the Greater Grand Rapid’s Bicycle Coalition’s 2011 Bicycle Summit.
The Summit is Friday, May 6 from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the GVSU Eberhard Center (301 West Fulton). Registration costs $15 for a full day of seminars, speakers and lunch. Seminar topics include public health and economic benefits of bicycle-friendly cities, Michigan’s Complete Streets movement, funding and planning for bicycle facilities in metro Grand Rapids, bicycle commuting, and more.
Keynote speakers are Darwin Hindman and Peter Lagerwey.
Darwin Hindman was mayor of Columbia, MO for 15 years and is a strong advocate for a bicycle- and pedestrian-based transportation system in Columbia. During Hindman’s term as mayor, Columbia received $25 million in federal transportation funds for a pilot project to promote bicycling and walking as alternatives to driving. Hindman is one of the recipients of the 2009 Leadership for Healthy Communities Award.
Peter Lagerway is the Senior Transportation Planner for Toole Design Group and director of their Seattle office. Lagerway has served as a consultant and manager in high profile bicycle and pedestrian projects in the City of Seattle for over 25 years. In 1991 he received a National Environmental Award from President George H.W. Bush.
To register or get involved with GGRBC, visit their website, http://www.bikegrandrapids.org.