OCTOBER 18, 2011. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting two days of seminars as part of the Philly Bike Expo on October 29th-30th. Taken together, the seminars offer a one-stop-shopping forum on bicycling issues in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The Bicycle Coalition has brought in for the series more than fifteen policymakers, high-level advocates, and other decision-makers deeply involved in bicycling issues both regionally and nationally.
"These seminars are a terrific opportunity for both bicyclists and non-bicyclists to hear it from the experts," said Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition. "Whether you catch one seminar or the whole series, you will get educated on the most pressing and engaging cycling issues. You'll learn how to get your grandmother bicycling, when and how you'll be able to bike from the South Street Bridge to Valley Forge, and why adding bike lanes doesn't snarl traffic." 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.
All twelve 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 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on both Saturday and 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.
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, Caron Whitaker of America Bikes, and Alison Cohen of Alta Bicycle Share.
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.