Save the Date!
Friday, November 13, 2015
James Madison University (JMU) campus
“Play to Our Strengths: The Secrets to a Biking and Walking Community”
Presented by: The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO)
Each year the Bike-Walk Summit brings together a broad range of partners who are working to make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County a great biking and walking community to live in and visit. This year, the theme is “Play to Our Strengths: The Secrets to a Biking and Walking Community” with a keynote address from Pete Eshelman, Director of Outdoor Branding with the Roanoke Regional Partnership. His talk and the other sessions will be focused on understanding the importance of biking and walking to the economy, creating a livable community that attracts and retains businesses and residents, promoting the community’s walking and biking assets, and prioritizing biking and walking planning and investment.
8:00-8:30 Breakfast & Sign-in
• Rich Harris, Summit Planning Chair
• Welcome Speaker – To be announced
8:45-9:15 Interactive Introduction – Lori Britt, Facilitator & JMU 4C
9:15-9:45 Highlights/Headlines of the past year – Updated Year in Review
9:45-10:15 Keynote Address by Pete Eshelman, Director of Outdoor Branding, Roanoke Regional Partnership
10:15-10:45 Questions and Comments
11:00-12:00 Interactive Session: Seeing the Big Picture: Exploring all the ways our community gains from a vibrant bike culture
12:00-1:00 Lunch & Possible Award Presentation
1:00-1:30 Reports outs from last year’s action groups
1:30-2:30 Collaborative Action Planning – Reaping the benefits of a bike culture
2:30 Wrap-up & Closing
3:00-4:00 Summit Social in Downtown Harrisonburg
Questions? Contact Kevin McDermott, [email protected]
Goals of the Summit
1. To develop relationships and partnerships between the stakeholders in the bicycle and pedestrian development in the city and county.
2. To coordinate and build on the bicycle and pedestrian efforts between the city, county and other key stakeholders to make our region more bicycle and pedestrian friendly
3. To educate elected officials, planners and decision makers to the community, health and economic benefits of bicycling and walking.
4. To identify specific actions that are needed to make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County the Bike and Pedestrian Community of Virginia
5. To develop collaborative bike and pedestrian action steps for the coming year.