JUNE 18, 2012. PHILADELPHIA, PA. This Saturday the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is holding a free, public forum series on suburban bicycling advocacy. The forum, consisting of two workshops, will be held at the Easttown Library in Berwyn PA on Saturday, June 23rd. The advocacy group seeks to equip suburban and small town residents with best practices and advice for making their communities more bicycle-friendly.
"We frequently hear from our members that they wished their communities did more for cyclists, whether that's bike lanes or road diets or improved signage," says Bicycle Coalition research director John Boyle. "There is a lot of desire for these improvements but not a lot of knowledge about how to go about getting them. This forum will equip people with the information necessary to ask for the right things in the right way, and hopefully introduce them to other like-minded individuals in their communities."
The morning session, titled "Bike Lanes 101," will cover advocacy for individuals and groups seeking to make their communities or counties more bicycle-friendly. The Bicycle Coalition's experienced staff will provide guidance on what to ask for and whom to ask it from, building local support, securing funding, and getting the attention of elected officials in order to make it happen.
The afternoon session, titled "The Circuit," will introduce participants to The Circuit, the newly-named 750 mile bike/ped trail system in the Greater Philadelphia Region. These trails, some built and some not yet built, travel through more than ten counties in the region. The seminar will cover the status of these trails, and how local residents can ensure that trails near them are built and well-maintained.
720 First Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312
Dates and Times:
Saturday, June 23, 2012
10:30 am - 12:30 pm ("Bike Lanes 101")
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ("The Circuit")
People can attend one or both workshops. The Bicycle Coalition asks participants to register in advance online: https://secure.commonground.convio.com/bicyclecoalition/thecircuitforumjune23/
About the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a non-profit organization, founded in 1972, which works to make our region a better place to ride a bike through education and advocacy. The Bicycle Coalition promotes bicycling as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation.
About The Circuit
The Circuit is a 750-mile system of bicycle/pedestrian trails linking the Greater Philadelphia Region together. Currently 250 miles are built and another 50 miles are under construction. A coalition of public and private sector partners has united to secure funding to build the missing segments. A map of the system and more information can be found at www.connectthecircuit.org.