The Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition is putting together the first annual Oklahoma Bike Summit on November 4th and 5th at the Chesapeake Boathouse. This event is the first of its kind in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of speakers and sessions. From the event registration page:
Friday, November 4th
John LaPlante will lead a day-long bicycle facility design workshop. Mr. LaPlante is currently Director of Traffic Engineering for T.Y. Lin International. He has over 45 years of professional traffic engineering and transportation planning experience. He is involved in several national committees and was principal author of the 1999 AASHTO Bike Guide. His hands-on workshop, which includes updates from the soon to be published 2011 AASHTO Bike Guide, will benefit professional engineers, city traffic planners, architects, and anyone who is involved with redesigning the urban landscape on a human scale. Planning professionals can receive 8 hours of CM credit from the American Planning Assocation for attending.
The Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition will host a reception at the Colcord Hotel. You’ll be able to mingle and visit with our speakers in a relaxed environment. Proceeds will go to the Oklahoma Bicycling Education Fund.
Saturday, November 5th
The Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation partners with Adventure Cycling Association to discuss the Oklahoma Historic Route 66 Bike Trail, the US Bike Route system, and bicycle tourism’s benefit for the economy of Oklahoma. Ultra-cyclist Lon Haldeman, RAAM champion and owner of PAC Tours Adventure Touring will be our featured speaker on Saturday morning.
Mr. LaPlante will lead a break-out session to help bicycle advocates learn how to speak with city planners, and understand the development process when they ask for bicycling infrasture and improving access for bicycles in their communities.
At 12 noon the Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition will hold its Annual Meeting. Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists will be the featured speaker. We’ll conduct a little business, enjoy lunch, and hear from the leading bicycle advocacy organization in the US. All Oklahoma bicyclists and clubs will want to attend!
The events on Friday require registration and have some fees associated with them. The Saturday events are free but donations are welcome.
I plan on attending several of the sections and will be tweeting from the event. It would be great to see some of you there. I want to extended my admiration to the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition for putting together this event.