Annual Bike/Ped Summit to be held at Bloustein School, Feb. 21

February 17, 2015

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University will host the Sixth Annual NJ Bike & Walk Summit on Saturday, February 21 from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Special Events Forum at the Bloustein School, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J., on the campus of Rutgers University.

The NJ Bike & Walk Summit, organized by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC), is the state’s annual gathering of biking and walking advocates, community advocacy leaders, city and suburban planners, environmental and green team members, cycling enthusiasts, bike shop owners, bicycle and walking club members, recreational riders, health and wellness experts, community policy makers, traffic engineers, state legislators and those interested in the many benefits that walking and biking can bring to a community.

This year’s slate of featured speakers encompasses a wide-ranging list of movers and shakers in the field of sustainable transportation policy, including U.S. Representative Albio Sires, 8th Congressional District, New Jersey; Robert Clark, Division Administrator, New Jersey Division, Federal Highway Administration; Jon Orcutt, former Policy Director, New York City Department of Transportation; Susi Wunsch, a contributor to Bicycling and Momentummagazines and founder of the group VeloJoy.

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Albio Sires introduced the Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014. Jon Orcutt is lauded for his role in advancing sustainable transportation options in the tri-state area and New York City in particular, as policy director under Janette Sadik-Khan. Robert Clark is responsible for administering federal highway aid and overseeing surface transportation needs and safety program goals in the state of New Jersey. And Susi Wunsch is a nationally-known writer and founder of the Velojoy cycling lifestyle organization.

In addition to the plenary sessions, breakout groups will be held throughout the day, along with opportunities for networking. Session themes include Pedestrian Safety, Alternative Transportation Implementation, Health and Equity, Funding and Governance, Safe Routes to Schools, Community Engagement, and Tools and Education.

For more information, and to register for the New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit, visit www.NJBWC.org/summit-2015/. Registration includes access to all of the day’s events, breakfast and lunch. On-line pre-registration is available for $50 per attendee. Registration will also be available at the event for $65. Pre-registration price ends on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at midnight.

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition is a statewide advocacy organization for bicyclists and pedestrians. NJBWC is dedicated to protecting the rights and safety of New Jersey’s bicyclists and walkers, promoting bicycling and walking for fun, fitness, and transportation, educating cyclists, walkers, and drivers about our rights and responsibilities, and connecting our communities with a smarter transportation system. NJBWC is a collective voice for everyone who believes that safer, more rideable and walkable New Jersey means a more livable, sustainable New Jersey.

Members of the media who wish to attend, please contact Aaron Hyndman at aaron.hyndman@njbwc.org or 908-627-2306.

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