It sure is a lot of work to put on the annual bike walk summit, but, after another inspiring and energizing event, it’s clearly worth the effort. Approximately 120 people gathered in Kroon Hall at Yale on a beautiful November day to listen to, learn from and question an impressive array of speakers, including Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, State Senator Martin Looney, State Representatives Roland Lemar and Phil Miller and Tom Condon of The Hartford Courant. (See the full slate of speakers at www.ctbikewalksummit.org by clicking on Schedule.) Andy both inspired and challenged all of us to continue to believe in and work for the changes to our states and communities that we all know will make them better. One of the most popular sessions was the last one, which featured people from around Connecticut who described what they are doing in their areas to create a more bike and walk friendly environment. Some of the tools being used are regional councils, town surveys and affiliating with tourism organizations. The addition of bike and walk tours got a big thumbs up with almost 50 people taking part.
Bike Walk CT and the Summit Planning Committee send a big thank you to all of the speakers and exhibitors (go to www.ctbikewalksummit, click on Exhibitors), to Yale for hosting the summit and to Elm City Cycling for showing their support in numerous ways. We appreciate all who spent the day with us and hope you left with a renewed determination, buoyed by what you learned and heartened by the knowledge that you have many friends and allies around Connecticut to call on for advice and support. You will be receiving a survey soon. Please share your ideas on how we can make the next summit even better. Also go to www.ctbikewalksummit.org for a copy of all of the presentations.