Dayton Moving Faster than Columbus??Aug 19th, 2009 | By Jeff Stephens | Category: Leadership Musings
Last week, over 300 bicycle advocates and stakeholders from throughout the Miami Valley region of Ohio (Dayton) convened to coordinate their efforts at building a "bike-friendly" region. Jeff Stephens, from Consider Biking, joined national leaders to present successes and facilitae their region’s next steps. The Miami Valley has already created a comprehensive REGIONAL bike plan, and this Summit brought together the planners, engineers, elected officials and advocates from the many surrounding municipalities to educate all these stakeholders about the benchmarks of bike friendly communities. The Summit got everyone on the "same page" and started movement of all the municipalities to a common goal.
There were many highlights to the Summit including a bike film festival on Thursday evening, and most notably the worldwide observations of our cycling movement from Jeff Mapes, the author of Pedaling Revolution. Here’s a video statement for Columbus, from Jeff Mapes.
Lastly, we learned that Dayton has already broken ground on a downtown bike hub/station that will include secure bike parking, showers, and shop needs. Wow….if Dayton can build a downtown bike station…what are we waiting for???
Several key stakeholders form Central Ohio were in attendance (Columbus Transportation, MORPC, Consider Biking members, etc) and we all left with a desire to create a similar regional Summit here in Central Ohio in the near future. Consider Biking will make this happen! If you’re interested in helping, let us know!