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Active Transportation Forum is Coming to Norristown

 

The Bicycle Coalition is putting on another Forum!  This time, it’s the Suburban Active Transportation Forum 2018essentially a better mobility forum for the Pennsylvania suburbs. Scheduled for Saturday, November 17th, 10am – 3pm at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) in Norristown. The event will be an opportunity for Pennsylvania advocates to get in the same room with officials from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as from PennDOT.

Panels will discuss the status of Circuit Trails, improvements to road and sidewalk connectivity for vulnerable road users, bike/ped paradigm shifts at the municipal level, as well as how e-bikes and shared mobility technologies can transform suburban transportation. We’ll meet for a happy hour at Conshohocken Brewing in Bridgeport (a short walk from MCIU) immediately after the forum.

Tickets include a full day of programming, coffee & lunch, and access to the vendor area/e-bike test track!  Sponsorships are also welcome.

Tentative Program Agenda 

Welcome from Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair, Montgomery County Commissioner

The Circuit, on-road facilities and more: future of bicycling and walking in Montco, Delco, Chesco and Bucks Counties: Moderator: Jean Lynch, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Planners describe to the audience about their county’s newest facilities, plans, and policies that advance bicycling in their county. 10 minutes of Q&A to follow

  1. Chris Linn, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  2. Rich Brahler,  Bucks County Planning Commission
  3. Matt Edmund, Montgomery County Planning Commission
  4. Brian Styche, Chester County Planning Commission
  5. Steve Beckley, Delaware County Planning Department

What does a post-BOP world look like in Southeast PA, Moderator: Greg Krykewycz, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

  1. Lou Belmont, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  2. Mike Guttman, Kennett Township
  3. Jesse Buerk, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  4. Sarah Moran, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Lunch Speaker – Roy Gothie, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Municipalities Leading the Way on Enhancing Biking and Walking: Moderator: Amanda Lozinak

  1. Justin Keller, Pottstown (tentative)
  2. Phil Ehlinger, Doylestown
  3. David Shuey and Michael Lynch, East Goshen
  4. Scott Wittman, Media – Open Streets (tentative)

E-bikes in the suburbs

  1. Kimberley Bezak: case study in suburban e-bike user who barely drives
  2. Dr. Michael Broennle – recumbent recreational rider
  3. E-bike commuter TBD

Status of the Circuit Reaching 500 miles by 2025

Sarah Clark Stuart, Bicycle Coalition & Patrick Starr, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Happy Hour at Conshohocken Brewing in Bridgeport

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Topics: Biking the Suburbs, Connecting Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Network, Featured, The Circuit

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