Ask anyone on a bicycle what could improve his or her biking experience and the word “connection” is bound to come up. A better connection from bike lane to trail to rural road, comfortable connections from one neighborhood to another, lack of connection across a bridge or railroad track—you name it, it’s all about connecting.
At the Washington Bike Summit in Olympia, March 16-17, advocates and design and engineering professionals, business owners and elected officials will connect for inspiration, information and impact.
The Summit itself arose out of the connections between Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club. The early commitment of Cascade as a sponsor, along with Group Health support that came thanks to Cascade’s help, made it possible for Washington Bikes to present a statewide bike conference. The Summit builds on and incorporates Transportation Advocacy Day, originally founded as Bicycle Lobby Day by Washington Bikes to connect advocates with their legislators during the session. Workshop sessions will highlight great work being done across the #1 Bicycle Friendly State from infrastructure changes to education programs, equity to economic impact. Professional CEU workshops will equip professionals with the latest in bikeway and street design. Keynote speaker Samantha Ollinger, executive director of Bike San Diego, will inspire with her success in electing a bike-friendly mayor and achieving passage of a $312 million bike plan update and investment package.
Attendees will connect with legislators through a legislative reception and individual district meetings. Advocates from across the state will connect to share their stories and successes: Seattle and Tacoma, Spokane and Walla Walla, the Kitsap Peninsula and the Olympic Peninsula, Wenatchee and Ellensburg, Yakima and the Methow Valley, Clark County and Whatcom County.
Come connect for better bicycling.
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