Tuesday, April 26, 2011

City and Platinum Biking Task Force Hosting Platinum Bike Summit

Bloomington, IN – Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today that the City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Platinum Biking Task Force are hosting a Platinum Bike Summit on April 28, 2011, at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. The Platinum Bike Summit is a public workshop that will focus on strategies formaking Bloomington a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community by 2016.

Bike enthusiasts and other community partners are invited to kick off the Summit with a Platinum Reception at 5:30 p.m. The Summit will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on developing key bicycling priorities for the community to achieve in the near future.

"As we continue to make cycling a priority in Bloomington, it's important we actively involve the community," said Kruzan. "This summit will be an important element of the Task Force's work, and a great wayfor the community to be involved in the direction our city is taking."

The priorities will be structured around the “Five Es” – Evaluation and Planning, Education, Enforcement, Engineering, and Encouragement. The Five Es provide an effective framework to make bicycle transportation a viable and equitable mode of transportation for all community members. The League of American Bicyclists uses the Five E framework as part of its Bicycle Friendly Community Program, a program that Bloomington has participated in since 2003.

"The Platinum Bike Summit is a great way to shift gears and have fun while conducting important civic minded business,” said Dave Rollo, Task Force and City Council member. “This event is a key milestone of the Platinum Biking Task Force’s ongoing efforts as we develop a plan to get Bloomington to Platinum by 2016.”

Rollo is one of seven Task Force members commissioned by the City Council to produce a report and present their findings to the community later this year. The Platinum Bike Summit is the first of several public meetings planned. The Task Force meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public.

Additional information about the ongoing efforts of the Task Force is available at www.bloomington.in.gov/platinum_biking_task_force.

Drinks, snacks, and socializing beginning at 5:30 pm.
Discussion and work sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


...For more information, please contact:
Scott Robinson, Long Range/Transportation Manager, Planning Department, City of Bloomington, 349.3423, robinsos@bloomington.in.gov

Jared Schlemmer, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 349.3406, schlemmj@bloomington.in.gov

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