Active transportation (human powered forms of travel such as walking, cycling, skating, etc.) provides a number of benefits to individuals and communities. Study show that cities with more active transportation infrastructure have lower rates of obesity than cities with no active transit.1 Regular biking has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack.2
Lots of work is currently happening in Utah to improve active transportation. On March 14, the 2017 Utah Bike Summit will bring together everyday riders, bicycle and trail advocates, representatives from Utah’s bicycle industry, planners, engineers, representatives from Utah’s tourism industry and health fields, as well as local and state government officials. The focus of the Summit is to make Utah more bicycle friendly. Regardless of your interest in bicycling (transportation, recreation, road, mountain, commuter), the Utah Bike Summit is for you!
Utahns face many personal health, transportation, air quality, and quality of life issues. Active transportation modes, such as bicycling, can prove to be a simple solution to many of these complex problems. Through the sessions at the Utah Bike Summit, we aim to educate and motivate individuals from across Utah about how to make bicycling a safer and more intuitive mode of transportation and recreation.
Here is a quick overview of some of the great speakers who will be at this year’s summit:
- This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Lydon who is an expert on active transportation demonstration and pilot projects, also known as tactical urbanism. These types of projects help communities experience the benefits of new bicycle infrastructure by being able to try it out. Mike will discuss how communities can implement these projects to build public support for permanent installations.
- Greg Bell, President and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association, past Lieutenant Governor of Utah, and Board Chair of Get Healthy Utah will explore the nexus of health, physical activity, and quality of life.
- Carlos Braceras, UDOT’s Executive Director, will be giving an update on all of the initiatives being undertaken at the Utah Department of Transportation. His update will be followed by regional breakout sessions where summit attendees can give input on UDOT plans and projects.
- Nicole Iroz-Elardofrom Urban Design 4 Health in Portland, Oregon will present the results from Utah’s Active Transportation Benefits Study. This study identifies the economic, environmental, and health benefits that bicycling and walking bring to the State of Utah. The results from this study will serve as justification for further investment in active transportation infrastructure
- Lynette Carpiet, Editor-in-Chief of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, and Alex Logemann, State + Local Policy Analyst for PeopleForBikes, will be on two panels addressing bicycle industry trends and strategies for growing all types of bicycling.
- Provo Mayor John Curtisand Cameron Diehl, Director of Government Relations for the Utah League of Cities and Towns, will be presenting a session about how to speak to elected officials about bicycling.
There will also be sessions focused on: using crowd-sourcing to inform active transportation efforts; resources for rural communities to develop active transportation networks; and how to get more mountain bike trails built more quickly.
The Utah Bike Summit is an all-day event. Registration includes all sessions, networking opportunities, catered lunch, and a UTA day pass.
Registration is Open for the 2017 Utah Bike Summit
March 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Early Registration Rates Through February 3rd
Bike Utah Student Members – $50
Bike Utah Members – $80
Government Employees/Bicycle Industry – $80
Non-Members – $90