The Bike/Ped Forum held on October 24 in Montpelier attracted over 80 attendees who participated actively in eight breakout sessions and two plenary sessions. There was a great turnout and great energy from the event. Thanks to all who participated and contributed to this successful event!
Topics included: -What's happening at VTrans and Amtrak -Making towns more bike/ped-friendly,
-Working with law enforcement -The new generation of utility bikes -Incentives for employees who bike or walk to work -Mapmaking -The Complete Streets law -Unpaved trails and paths -Impact of the recently completed bike/ped economic study.
Attendees included transportation planners, elected state and local officials, members of advocacy groups and bike clubs, owners of bike shops and other bike/ped businesses, law enforcement officers, staffers from colleges and government agencies, bike/ped enthusiasts, and others.
The next Forum will be shaped by the feedback received from attendees and by the requests that are submitted from members of Vermont's bike/ped community. Please let us know what specific suggestions you have for topics at the next Forum. The VBPC looks forward to continuing to develop the Forum as a vehicle to help us achieve our mission to transform Vermont into a state that is truly friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages.
The VBPC is grateful to the VT Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, Bike Vermont, Merchants Bank, Skirack, the Old Spokes Home, Onion River Sports, and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission for sponsorship. In addition, the VBPC thanks the Red Hen Bakery, On the Rise Bakery, Hannaford's, The Flynn Center, and Sun Fitness for donations of food and door prizes. And, of course, this event was dependent upon the generous contributions of time and effort from sessions speakers and volunteers.