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5th Annual Georgia Bike Summit to highlight 'Complete Streets,' economic development

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Georgia Bikes, the statewide bicycle advocacy organization, is partnering with Bicycle Columbus and the City of Columbus to host the 2014 Georgia Bike Summit, October 24-26 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. 

With its theme of "Complete Streets, Competitive Communities," the fifth annual Georgia Bike Summit will explore the connection between walkable, bikable streets and vibrant local economies.

"Columbus is excited to be hosting this year's Georgia Bike Summit," says Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "Cycling is an essential part of a strong quality of life for our citizens."

"Columbus is a logical choice as host city for this year's Summit," says Brent Buice, Executive Director of Georgia Bikes. "The city just recently passed a local Complete Streets policy, modeled on the statewide policy adopted by GDOT in 2012. With an assertive implementation plan, Georgia's second largest city is poised to become a place where riding a bicycle – be it for transportation or recreation - is a safe, convenient option for residents and tourists alike."

Mayor Tomlinson agrees.

"You can't have cycling without having safe cycling infrastructure and bike safety education," Tomlinson says. 

The Summit consists of three major events: a Bicycle Topics Roundtable on Friday, the Summit on Saturday, and guided bike rides and other outdoor activities on Sunday. 

Friday's Roundtable is an opportunity for elected officials, transportation planners and traffic engineers from across the state to share their experiences and questions on how best to design, fund, and build projects that appeal to the broadest range of bicycle riders and pedestrians. 

Saturday is a full day conference, with workshops on various aspects of the Summit theme. The lunch keynote address will be presented by Roger Millar, Director of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, which provides technical assistance programs for state and local government to help them implement Complete Streets policies. 

Both Friday and Saturday evening, the city is coordinating social events in the entertainment district for Summit participants. 

On Sunday, Summit participants can choose from a range of outdoor activities to explore the city: a casual-paced urban bike tour, a longer ride for sport cyclists, and river rafting on the Chattahoochee.

Summit registration is free for elected officials. For the latest event details and registration, visit GeorgiaBikeSummit.org

2014 Georgia Bike Summit Schedule

Friday, Oct 24

Bicycle Topics Roundtable – Workshops, networking and discussion for transportation professionals and elected officials working on bicycling projects in Georgia.

The Roundtable will be followed by a bicycle tour of the Riverwalk & Fall Line Trace. The casual, relaxed paced ride should last about 1.5 hours. Bicycles will be available for FREE thanks to Ride On Bikes.

Summit Welcome Reception & Concert, Uptown Columbus - Meet other Summit attendees and participants of the weekend's Southern Tandem Rally at this free outdoor concert in the heart of the city's entertainment district.

Saturday, Oct 25

Georgia Bike Summit

The Summit consists of a full day of workshops, discussion and presentations on how to make Georgia a bicycle friendly state.

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Roger Millar, Director of the Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, which provides technical assistance programs for state and local government. Millar is also Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

The Summit will be followed by an evening social event at The Loft Green Room in Uptown Columbus.

Sunday, Oct 26

Bike Rides & Outdoor Activities Guided on and off-road bike rides -and river rafting - in Columbus. Bikes will be available free of charge thanks to Ride on Bikes.

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