2020 Bike Walk Summit: Connecting Communities Coming to Great Falls April 29-May 1, 2020
Bike Walk Montana’s 2020 Summit will be held April 29-May 1 at the Spring Hill Suites in Great Falls, Montana. This informative, active and inspiring event will bring individuals and communities together and advance bicycling, walking and rolling in Montana.
“The 2020 Summit theme is ‘Connecting Communities,’” says Doug Habermann, Bike Walk Montana Executive Director. “With that concept in mind, we have developed a broad-based program covering issues of safety, advocacy, economics and opportunities of active transportation for all Montana communities. We will share national and community perspectives as well as celebrate local efforts and successes.”
The event will include a series of workshops focusing on topics like trail maintenance; walk audits for safety with Chris Danley; bike rodeo training to help keep young riders safe; and a bike skills clinic.
Dan Burden, a top walkability expert and pioneer urban planner will be a keynote presenter. “Dan is one of the original people-first urban planners and was instrumental in creating walk audits,” says Habermann. “He will share his thoughts on walkability and livability from a policy and design standpoint. And he lived in Montana and is excited to be coming ‘home.’”
Montana Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley is presenting on April 30th. Members of the Montana Legislative Interim Transportation Committee have been invited to share perspectives with attendees on the current study of bike/pedestrian path funding, maintenance, purpose, safety and economics. Presentations include, “Using Story-Telling for Advocacy,” featuring Sarah Elkins of Elkins Consulting; “Getting to Number One – Bike/Pedestrian Perspectives from Washington State,” featuring Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation for Washington State’s Department of Transportation; and break-out sessions on walking school buses, traffic gardens, e-bikes, complete streets, and many other topics.
Other events will include a “Bike/Walk Film Night;” a guided biking/walking tour of Great Falls River’s Edge Trail; and “PEDal/PEDestrian) TALKS” your chance to hear and share inspiring stories of walking, biking and rolling.