It's been nearly four years since the "Streets Summit" called together many of the city and county's leading bicycling advocates to discuss advocacy, safety, and how the Livable Streets Community can move forward. While the movement has made great strides in this time, I miss the camaraderie and fun an event similar to the 2010 Street Summit and 2009 Bike Summit created.
Enter the "Bicycle Commuter Festival."
On February 16, the Bicycle Culture Institute (a relatively new non-profit helmed by Nona Varnado) and AIDS/Lifecycle are holding the first Bicycle Commuter Festival to "entertain, educate, connect and inspire bicycle commuting in Los Angeles." You can sign up for the festival, here. A full schedule is available at the end of the post.
"The best way to inspire new ideas, confidence and loyalty is through a great time! No one wants to go to a conference, but everyone wants to go to a killer festival," exclaims Varnado.
"By creating a festival environment and making learning fun, we’ll be able to cross boundaries that traditional sports, advocacy and promotion can’t. Our workshops are like parties with an open festival environment of bicycle advocacy, culture and brands; rivaling the greatest lifestyle fairs happening in Europe or other major cities."
The festival includes both indoor and outdoor workshops, and two open air festival areas. Festival areas encourage talking directly with people representing local bike groups: from CicLAvia and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to L.A. Bike Trains and SoCal Cross; cycling brands BERN, Abus and Lezyne; local favorite commuter bike shops Orange 20, Flying Pigeon and many more. Oh, and Streetsblog will be there too.
Tickets are only $10 and include full access to opening panel, workshops, both festival areas and some food/beverage options. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets in advance and at the box office. A silent auction will allow attendees to bid on the coolest new 2014 bike stuff. Proceeds to benefit the Bicycle Culture Institute's projects including L.A. Bike Trains.
SCHEDULE: 12:00-12:45 Press Conference - festival areas open 1:00-1:45 Opening Panel 2:00-2:45 Workshops Round 1 2:45-3:30 Break: explore & “snack time!” 3:30-4:30 Workshops Round 2 5:00-6:00 Closing Remarks/ Raffle Winner announced 6:00-7:00 Party & Open festival