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Thursday, September 27
 

9:30am EDT

Active Transportation & Complete Streets Training Course
Limited Capacity seats available

NYBC will be piloting a one-day workshop on active transportation and complete streets.  This intensive hands-on course is sponsored by NYSERDA and limited to members of panning boards, municipal officials and planning professionals.  During this collaborative workshop, participants will  discuss core concepts and specific infrastructure treatments associated with complete streets.  In addition to a bike audit, participants will engage in a policy scoring exersize and a series of place-based dicussions.  Beyond strategies and best practices, the course will provide a series metrics, and evaluation frameworks to help communities measure their success and establish benchmarks.  The evaluation section of the course will introduce a suite of endemic and nonendemic datasets typically used in assessing a community’s level of bike and walkability including:
  • Screenline counts
  • Vehicular crash statistics
  • Bicycle-level of stress
  • Pedestrian volume
  • Community walk audits
  • Automated counting technologies vehicular modeshare
In addition to specific metrics and methodologies for data collection, the course will introduce established frameworks such as the League of American Bicyclist’s ‘Bicycle-Friendly Community’ evaluation criteria and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center’s ‘Walk- Friendly communities designation.’   This course will not only challenge communities to enhance efforts to proactively facilitate active transportation, but provide the tools to do so, and encourage recognition at a national level.  


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30am - 4:30pm EDT
Garden Room

5:30pm EDT

Bikes, Beer & Downtown Saratoga Welcome Ride
Limited Capacity filling up

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
TBA
 
Friday, September 28
 

9:00am EDT

Opening Remarks
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
DS

Dan Suraci, AICP

Senior Consultant, TransPro Consulting/NYBC
MD

Matthew Driscoll

Executive Director, New York State Thruway Authority
RE

Ron Epstein

Assistant Commissioner of Policy & Planning Division, NYSDOT
MK

Megyn Kelly

Mayor, City of Saratoga Springs
PW

Paul Winkeller

Executive Director, New York Bicycling Coalition


Friday September 28, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
TBA

9:45am EDT

A Tail of Many Crossings: An In-depth look at Bridges and Border Crossings by Bike
Bridges represent critical connections; beyond transportation throughways for bicycle pedestrians, transit and automobiles, bridges cross geographic and man made borders to join communities enabling both tourism and regional economic development. As of 2015 The American Society of Civil Engineers rated NY State’s overall bridge condition with a D+ grade, noting that more than 2000 bridges are structurally deficient. This panel will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with the current condition of bridges throughout the state, as well as various aspects of border crossings for bikes. Panelists will also discuss strategies to help local advocates plan for enhanced bridge crossings in their communities.


Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am EDT
Orenda

9:45am EDT

Advancing Bicycle Tourism throughout NYS
New York is a state of unique natural, historical and cultural resources, and an ideal destination for bicycle tourism; With the anticipated completion of the Empire Trail, New York state is poised to become a global destination for active recreation. This panel will provide insights into ongoing efforts to attract and accommodate bicycling as a means to drive regional economic development.

Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am EDT
Geyser

9:45am EDT

TELLING YOUR STORY: Strategies and Tactics for Overcoming Barriers to Advance Biking in Your Community
From multi-use bike paths to complete streets build out across New York, it is not a question of when communities across the state will become more multi-modal, making them more attractive places to live, work and recreate but how we share the story of the explosion of projects that collectively is transforming our state, Learn about media strategies about telling YOUR story in order to accelerate the momentum toward more and safer bicycling!


Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am EDT
Coesa

9:45am EDT

11:15am EDT

Bikes, Energy and the Environment:  Working Toward a Low Carbon Future
New York State is on the cutting edge of the clean energy movement with innovative programs and consumer outreach. Producing negligable emissions beyond production and sale, bicycles have a key role to play in advancing a low carbon future, representing an ideal tool to reduced automobile dependency. This panel will address key initiatives to advance clean energy and carbon reduction throughout the state, focusing on the role of the bicycle in this framework.

Friday September 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Coesa

11:15am EDT

Educating Enforcement: Connecting with local Law Enforcement
As bicycle infrastructure and education programs continue to grow across New York State and around the country, there is a clear need to establish a dialogue on bicycle behavior with local law enforcement. This panel will address strategies to engage with law enforcement, and help officials in your community understand the behavior of cyclists, and legal expectations both on and off the street. Panelists will discuss examples of best practices and discuss key concepts for holding drivers accountable, including the dutch reach.

Moderators
Friday September 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Geyser

11:15am EDT

Emerging Issues in Bike Share
Bike share is changing rapidly in communities across the country. From the rise in dockless and hybrid systems to innovative educational strategies, New York State is at the forefront of emerging challenges and opportunities from bike share. This panel will examine how these issues will inform development across the state. This panel will include discussion on the rise of dockless systems, sponsorship and e-bike integration in the marketplace.

Moderators
Friday September 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Orenda

11:15am EDT

Moving Mountains: Mountain Biking and the Rise of E-Bikes on NYS Trails
New York State is rich with a plethora of mountain bike opportunities and active mountain bike organizations building and maintaining a fast growing trail network in all regions of the state.  As the market continues to grow, electric mountain bikes present a wide array of opportunities for riders, advocates and trail maintainers alike.  From enhanced access to outdoor recreational opportunities, to increased where and tear on trail facilities, panelists will discuss how electric mountain bikes fit in as New York moves to developing mountain bike tourism “hot spots” in every region of the state!    

Moderators
Friday September 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Garden Room

12:45pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Empowering Women to Ride With Education & Targeted Outreach
Women are a lead indicator of the success of a bicycle mobility in a community. Empowering women to ride through promotional events and targeted education programs is critical for advancing the future of bicycling. Using Women Bike Chicago's annual "Day of Dialog and Demonstration" as a case study, panelists will discuss how women’s bike events differ from others, how to reach the right target audience. The panel will focus on the evolution and planning of these events as well as methods defining, tracking and benchmarking the success of women's bike education programs.

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Geyser

2:00pm EDT

Extending the Empire Trail on Long Island
The Empire State Trail is a bold, unprecedented vision for a connection from Buffalo to Canada and New York City, which will help transform New York into one of the country’s most attractive bike tourism destinations. An extension of the Empire Trail from New York City to Long Island is essential for the path to both serve as a true statewide resource, and respond to local demand throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Capitalizing on growing enthusiasm for biking and walking amenities on Long Island, The Trust For Public Land and NYBC have partnered to develop a plan for an East/West Trail from New York City to the North and South fork. Panelists will discuss the tremendous the proposed trail alignment, focusing on use of utility corridors to maximize off-street segments and the tremendous level of stakeholder engagement and institutional knowledge contributing to this effort.

Moderators
Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Coesa

2:00pm EDT

Pedaling to Public Health
Bicycling is an excellent form of low impact exercise, empowering riders of all ages to stay active. Numerous studies have linked bicycling to reduced health risk, making the bicycle an effective tool for fighting public health threats like obesity and heart disease. This panel will discuss the intersection of biking and public health, focusing on strategies to establish collaborations which optimize positive health outcomes via bicycle in your community.


Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Orenda

2:00pm EDT

Bike Law 101

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Garden Room

3:30pm EDT

Energizing the E-bike movement in NYS
The sale of electric-assist bicycles (E-Bikes) is growing across the country. Despite tremendous interest and growing market share, e-bikes remain a divisive topic amongst policy-makers, planners and cyclists of all ages and skill-levels. Despite increased accessibility to bicycles for geographically challenging communities, the mobility impaired and everyday bike commuters, ambiguity around the classification of e-bikes in New York State and subsequent safety concerns have significantly hindered their potential. This panel will explore the legal designation of e-bikes and potential uses, from personal accessibility to commercial and freight opportunities.

Moderators
Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Orenda

3:30pm EDT

Bike Education in NYC Public Schools
Institutionalizing bicycle education for kids is the key to advancing bicycle ridership in the future. By exposing children to bicycling as a viable mode of transportation during their formative years, educators have an opportunity to normalize bikes as a competitive mobility option in adulthood. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Bike New York has begun deploying bike education programs to New York City public school students. In addition to tracking program success, panelists will discuss the structure of this program as well as strategies for overcoming some of the challenges coordinating with a public school system. 


Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Geyser

3:30pm EDT

Training Tales: Stories from Educators Across New York State & Beyond
New Yorkers are turning to bike education in record numbers as interest in cycling continues to grow. From Learn-to-ride trainings to commuter classes and everything in between, bike instructors are delivering a wide variety of programs to diverse audiences across the state. This panel will highlight strategies and best practices for delivering bike education. Panelists will provide perspectives and strategies for providing education across a wide array of subjects including Learn-to-ride classes for kids and adults to more advanced commuting and traffic skills classes. In addition to training insights, panelists will also discuss bike maintenance classes as a workforce development strategy to advance equity and career goal attainment.

Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Coesa

3:30pm EDT

Bicycles and New Mobility, integrating bikes with Transit and automated Vehicles
The transportation landscape is changing rapidly across New York State. Bicycles are an integral piece of this evolving framework as people are faced with an ever-growing menu of transportation options. Planners, policy-makers and educators must think proactively about the role of bicycles in a broader, integrated transportation system to ensure safe, seamless connections between modes. This panel will focus on emerging mobility issues influencing active transportation including mass transit integration, the future of bike share and automated vehicles.


Friday September 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Hathorne

4:30pm EDT

The Changing Face of Bike Clubs
Moderators
PW

Paul Winkeller

Executive Director, New York Bicycling Coalition

Friday September 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Garden Room

5:30pm EDT

 
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