Countdown to Bike Summit: Less Than Two Months…


Anticipation for the first Los Angeles Bike Summit, a gathering of cyclists, activists and organizations to create a common agenda for cycling in Los Angeles scheduled for March 7, is growing.  With announcements of new speakers coming from around the country, and the launch of a new website the summit is starting to come together in a visible and exciting way.

If you would like to be part of the summit by making a presentation to the hundreds of cyclists that will be present, the time to submit is now?  The application, available here, was originally due later today but summit organizer Joe Linton told me that if someone needs until early next week to finish their proposal, that's ok too.  If you're not sure what a workshop for the Summit would look like, their webpage provides some examples of ones that are already confirmed:

Workshop Title: Bicycles and the Southern California College/University
Presenter(s) and Contact Info: Ramon Martinez of the Green Bike Program at Pitzer College.
Short Summary: The goal of the workshop is to promote bike ridership on campuses, connect student activists to professional activists, and cultivate lifelong bicycle advocacy and jobs. The workshop will address the role of campus programs in moving forward the larger Southern California bike movement.

Workshop Title: Overcoming the Barriers of Bicycling through Social Networking
Presenter(s) and Contact Info: Ron Milam of Bikesage
Short Summary: How does someone decide to start bicycling in LA? While many people have started bicycling in Los Angeles, the majority of people still do not ride on a regular basis. This panel explores innovative, peer-to-peer strategies for encouraging people to start riding a bicycle. The workshop will present the initial results of the BikeSage concept, areas in which it has been successful, as well as areas in which challenges remain. After an initial presentation, the format will open up into a facilitated discussion.