Bike Summit Preview: Beyond MAP-21
“What now?” has become a common refrain since the passage of MAP-21, the new federal transportation bill, last summer.
The bill slashed dedicated funding for bicycling and walking programs, and put far more power in the hands of state and local officials in doling out federal dollars. At the 2013 National Bike Summit, we’ll bring together top transportation reformers who will share their ideas on how bicycle advocate can tap into available pots of money, and move “Beyond MAP-21.”
In this workshop, panelists will delve into local, state and national opportunities for reform. They’ll also provide new messages to help engage elected officials who may have taken a pass on MAP-21.
The panel, moderated by Dani Simons, Principal of Sustainable Streets Marketing, will include:
- Mark Gorton, founder of Open Plans and publisher of Streetsblog. Gorton has been a major figure in the battle to transform New York into a more bike-friendly city. Last year, he caused a major stir with a keynote speech at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference, calling on lawmakers and planners to shift their priorities when it comes to transportation. (His speech appears in the video above).
- Charles Marohn, Executive Director, Strong Towns. Marohn, an engineer by training, published “Thoughts on Building Strong Towns” last year, offering a new perspective on how to build sustainable cities and towns.
- Ya-Ting Liu, Government Affairs Director, Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives is a leading advocacy organization in New York City, working to build and maintain safe spaces to walk and bike.
Don’t miss out — Register for the Summit today!