The 2014 Iowa Bicycle Summit will roll into Des Moines on January 24 at the Iowa Events Center. The Iowa Bicycle Summit is the education conference that trains engineers, community officials, and advocates on how to build better bicycle facilities. To date, the lessons learned at the Iowa Bicycle Summit has manifested as trails and bike lanes stretch across the state. The Iowa Bicycle Summit is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
This year the Iowa Bicycle Summit will focus on bicycle facility designs on a small scale that can inspire large scale changes. Training will be provided by Mike Lydon from The Street Plans Collaborative in New York City. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009 and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010. Mike is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 and Vol.2.
In addition to the workshop, concurrent sessions will be held on trails, marketing, safe routes to schools, and funding. The concurrent sessions focus less on urban bicycle facilities and more on rural aspects of bicycle and trail facilities.
Trees Forever is playing an new role at the Iowa Bicycle Summit by providing education on their trail visioning and community visioning programs. The programs help Iowa’s small communities access professional planning services and allows them to compete for project funding.
Safe Routes to School will feature sessions about improving walking and bicycling facilities in school zones.
A highlight of the trail marketing session will feature Carolyn Szczepanski from the League of American Bicyclists. Carolyn leads a national effort on marketing bicycling to women. In addition to the session on Friday, an Iowa Women Bicycling meetup will take place on Saturday at the Iowa Event Center.
One of the final and sometimes most productive sessions of the conference is Trail and Bike Facility Funding Speed Dating. Much like social speed dating, the room set with 10 tables. At each table is a representative from a funding program like DOT State Trails, REAP, or private funders. Participants in the session have a 10 minute time limit at any table, then they must switch tables to meet a new representative. These sessions are great opportunities to exchange information, learn about prospective programs, and plan for a variety of grant opportunities.
The Iowa Bicycle Summit takes place on January 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
The Iowa Bicycle Summit is the must-attend workshop if your community is building, designing, or planning a trail or bike lane or more bicycle facilities
Iowa Events Center
233 Center Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
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