OCTOBER 26, 2011. PHILADELPHIA, PA. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will be hosting high-level bicycling advocates and policymakers for a seminar series this weekend at the Philly Bike Expo. The seminar series offers Expo attendees the chance to learn bicycling's current and future role in the city and region, from the individuals most heavily involved in bicycling and bicycling policy.
"We are excited to bring together so many leaders involved in bicycling planning and advocacy," said Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition. "The list of topics is exactly what I would want to hear about if I was a bicyclist, or concerned about bicyclists in the region. We believe getting more and better information to the public is one of the most important components of creating a more bike-friendly and connected city and suburbs, and our speakers are the best people to deliver that information."
Doty will be leading a seminar called, "Winning Arguments," focusing on the most common arguments between cyclists and non-cyclists and how to navigate them with civility. Other topics include present and future bike lanes in Philadelphia, bicycling and the law, and completing the Schuylkill River Trail. Notable seminar panelists include Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation, Caron Whitaker of America Bikes, Joseph Syrnick of Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and Alison Cohen of Alta Bicycle Share.
All seminars are being held at Griffin Hall in the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103). Each seminar is one hour long, and they run from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Saturday and 10AM - 4PM Sunday (October 29th and 30th). A ticket to the Expo gets you into every seminar. The full schedule is available online at: http://www.bicyclecoalition.org/2011annualmeeting
The Bicycle Coalition will also be hosting its Annual Meeting in Griffin Hall at 5pm on Saturday, October 29th. Inquirer movie critic Stephen Rea will give a presentation based on his popular blog of movie stars riding bicycles, and Alex Doty will be presenting the Bicycle Coalition's strategic plan. The meeting is free for Bicycle Coalition members, while other individuals can register at the door.
About the Philly Bike Expo
Organized by Bilenky Cycle Works and now in its second year, the Philly Bike Expo brings together dozens of vendors and exhibitors and thousands of bicycling enthusiasts. Events include a bike swap meet, fashion show, Halloween-themed alleycat race, and seminars from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Tickets are available online and at the door, and more information is available at www.phillybikeexpo.com. The Philly Bike Expo is sponsored by EMS.