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Bicycle summit, RAGBRAI route announcement Jan. 24-25

Jan 13, 2014

DES MOINES — The 10th annual Iowa Bicycle Summit is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 24-25, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

It is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Bicycle Coalition. Continuing education credits are offered and there is a fee to attend.

This year the summit will focus on bicycle facility designs on a small-scale.

On Jan. 24, the summit will feature guest speakers, an all day workshop and breakout sessions.

The workshop will be provided by Mike Lydon from The Street Plans Collaborative in New York City. Lydon collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing “The Smart Growth Manual,” honored by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of 2010. Lydon also is the creator and primary author of “The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 and Vol.2.”

The first day includes breakout sessions which focus less on urban bicycle facilities and more on rural aspects of bicycle and trail facilities. The sessions include:

• Trees Forever playing a new role at the Iowa Bicycle Summit by providing a session on its trail and community visioning programs.

• Safe Routes to School will feature ideas to improve walking and bicycling facilities in school zones.

• Trail marketing session will feature Carolyn Szczepanski from the League of American Bicyclists. Szczepanski leads a national effort on marketing bicycling to women.

An Iowa Women Bicycling meetup will take place Jan. 25 at the Iowa Event Center.

• The Trail and Bike Facility Funding Speed Dating session functions much like social speed dating. The room is set with 10 tables. At each table is a representative from a funding program such as the IDOT grant programs, Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Resource Enhancement and Protection program, or private funders. Participants in the session have 10 minutes at each table to meet with one of the representatives.

This is an opportunity to exchange information, learn about prospective programs and plan for a variety of grant opportunities.

On Jan. 25, the summit will feature educational seminars allowing present and future cyclists to get in touch with bike advocacy, find the latest consumer trends and learn about new places to ride.

Also on Jan. 25, is the free Iowa Bike Expo event featuring more than 100 exhibitors. Registration for Jan. 24 is $160 and includes summit materials, lunch and all breaks.

Jan. 25 sessions are free, and lunch will not be provided.

For more information, go to www.iowabicyclecoalition.org or www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/bikesummit.html or call Milly Ortiz at 515-233-7733 or Mark Wyatt at 515-309-2867.

Following the summit on Jan. 25, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) will hold a reception fundraiser at 8 p.m. in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.

The 2014 RAGBRAI route will be announced that evening. The reception will feature a live and silent auction offering cycling items, as well as door prizes and more.

Tickets for the Jan. 25 night event are $30 each and can be purchased online at www.iowabicyclecoalition.org. All proceeds from the event benefit the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

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