Montgomery County, home to some of the region's most avid bikers and a community where biking is a growing form of transportation, will get input from residents on what the next steps should be to improve the County’s bike infrastructure at the first “Great Montgomery Bike Summit” on Saturday, April 5, at the Jane Lawton Recreation Center in Chevy Chase.
The summit, which will include activities and discussions from 9:15 a.m. to 12 noon, was organized by Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Montgomery Bicycle Advocates (MoBike). Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner will deliver closing remarks to the summit.
The Jane Lawton Recreation Center is located at 4301 Willow Lane in Chevy Chase.
The summit will seek to find the county’s greatest needs for improving bicycle experiences in Montgomery County and also will be looking for innovative ideas on how to improve bicycle infrastructure.
"The first Great Montgomery County Bicycle Summit will be a great chance for residents to interact directly with elected officials and transportation planning leaders to help shape the future of biking in Montgomery County,” said Councilmember Riemer. “I look forward to a robust and dynamic conversation.”
Montgomery County recently launched Capital Bikeshare with more than 50 planned stations throughout the county. In addition, there are a number of regionally significant bike paths under construction or in design.
A focus for the event will be how Montgomery County should incorporate next-gen bicycle facilities and how to make Capital Bikeshare a success.
The day will begin with a family-friendly ride starting at 9:15 at the Tastee Diner at 8601 Cameron St. in Silver Spring. The ride will go along the Capital Crescent Trail and end at the Lawton Recreation Center shortly before 10 a.m.
Councilmember Hans Riemer will give introductory remarks to the summit, immediately followed by presentations on “The most urgent needs to improve biking generally in Montgomery County. The presentations will be made by Shane Farthing of WABA and Dave Anspacher of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
At 10:30 a.m., a panel discussion will feature those two advocates, Fred Lees and Pat Shepherd of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Jack Cochrane of MoBike.
At 11:10 a.m., Anne Root of MCDOT and Paul DeMaio of Metrobike LLC will discuss what can be done to ensure the success of Bikeshare in the County.
A closing panel discussion starting at 11:30 a.m. will include Shane Farthing, Anne Root and Paul DeMaio.
To RSVP for the event or suggest topics for discussion in advance of the summit, go the summit web site at: http://www.councilmemberriemer.com/bike/
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