Tomorrow and Wednesday, the annual Small Cities Workshop takes place on the UWSP campus. This workshop, with two featured speakers and six panels on a variety of topics, is always an excellent opportunity to hear ideas from experts on how to make small cities like Stevens Point better places to live. If you have the chance, I recommend that you attend as much of the workshop as possible. All events are open to the public at no charge.
This year’s workshop title is “The Built Environment: Planning and Design in Small Cities and Towns”. A brief news release about the workshop can be found here and the full workshop schedule for April 15-16 can be found here.
In particular, I encourage Poky Pedalers to attend the session on Wednesday April 16 from 10:15 – 11:45 AM (Session 4) in the Legacy Room on the third floor of the Dreyfus University Center (map of DUC). This panel on “Transportation Issues in Small Cities & Towns” will include a presentation from Bob Fisch, Chief Bike Fun Officer of Poky Pedaling Stevens Point, entitled “Bicycling as Transportation: Why Small Cities Should Make Accommodations”.
My presentation, which should be first on this panel, will touch on the following:
- Bicycle accommodations are key to providing quality transportation options for everyone.
- Fixing connectivity gaps and providing main street access result in an excellent bicycle network.
- Most bicycle accommodations can be implemented with relatively small expense.
- Small cities get important benefits from improving bicycling: economic and equity/community focused.
My short presentation (20 minutes) can only skim the surface of these topics. Nevertheless, I hope my comments inspire listeners to put more effort into improving bicycling in their own communities.
On a side note, my comments will be immediately followed by a presentation on the Portage County Bike/Ped Plan, given by Jeff Schuler of the Portage County Planning and Zoning Dept. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this plan, which the county board is expected to vote on at their meeting April 22.
I appreciate the opportunity I have been provided by the workshop organizers to have a public forum for expressing my thoughts about transportation bicycling. My aim is to state compelling, provocative, and enlightening arguments supporting the accommodation of people bicycling within urban transportation systems. For any Poky Pedalers able to attend, I look forward to seeing you there.
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