1st NJ Bike Summit a Big Success

Andy Clarke NJ Bike Summit 2010 Denville

Andy Clarke NJ Bike Summit 2010 Denville

Bike Lane FairyThe first New Jersey Bike Summit was held in Denville on Saturday February 27.  About 150 attendees, including four from the WWBPA, heard the latest about what’s happening in the world of bicycle (and pedestrian!) advocacy. There was even a cameo appearance by the Bike Lane Fairy!

National speakers included Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists, Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong, Sharon Roerty of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and Jeff Miller of the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

New Jersey Assemblywoman Grace Spencer, sponsor of the three-foot safe passing bill, which was passed by the Assembly last year but died in the Senate Transportation committee, addressed the group about legislative matters.  Sheree Davis, who leads NJ DOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program and is a key advocate within NJDOT, followed up with the  state of the state from NJDOT’s perspective, including the new Complete Streets policy.

Success stories were related by many groups, including our own President Chris Scherer and Laura Torchio of Bike&Walk Montclair, who first showed pictures of the elusive Bike Lane Fairy at an event there.  But would she make an appearance?

The courtroom in Denville’s Town Hall was sold out, and the agenda was very full, including in-depth presentations about “complete streets” by Mike Dannemiller of the RBA Group and bicycling education by Leigh Ann Von Hagen of Rutgers’ Voorhees Transportation Center. Read more about the day here.

Brendan Poh of the New Jersey Bicycle Coalition did a fantastic job organizing and putting on the event. It was a lot of work, and we all thank you and look forward to next year.

And the Bike Lane Fairy? We had to wait outside the room until the very end, but she made a brief appearance, posing for her many admirers.  Alas, this reporter’s camera batteries were dead.  To see her, click here.

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