Cycling summit scheduled for April 13-14 in Sisters

A cross-section of people interested in bicycling and in promoting it in Oregon will come together April 13-14 for the second Oregon Bicycle Summit

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Published March 27, 2007 by The Statesman Journal
By Roy Gault 

OR — A cross-section of people interested in bicycling and in promoting it in Oregon will come together April 13-14 for the second Oregon Bicycle Summit at Five Pine Conference Center in Sisters.

Registration is $75 and includes an evening reception and dinner April 13 and continental breakfast and lunch April 14.

Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, will be the keynote speaker.

Saturday's speakers will include U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, state Sen. Ben Westlund, Cycle Oregon founder Jonathan Nicholas, and Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson.

Bicyclists are joining with these officials at the conference to coordinate efforts to make Oregon a premier cycling-tourism destination.

"There are a large number of people working on bicycle issues throughout the state," said Jerry Norquist, Cycle Oregon ride director and co-organizer of the Oregon Bicycle Summit. "It makes sense to pool our efforts to get more return. Last year we brought together 155 people, including city planners, chamber of commerce directors, city council members and mayors in addition to cycling and tourism advocates. This summit is the way to gather everyone involved in bicycle-related issues and tourism in one place."

The summit will focus on how to find funding for bicycle-related projects and how to give direction and resources to entities such as Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Travel Oregon and others that have the ability to bring projects to fruition.

Breakout sessions will cover how to take advantage of various grant programs, how to work with the U.S. Forest Service and how to maximize exposure for the Oregon Scenic Bikeways project.

"We want Oregon to be one of the states cyclists immediately think of as a great place to ride," Norquist said. "To achieve that, we need to know how to influence decision-makers to fund and prioritize cycling projects. That starts with knowing how much is available and how to get it, so we can start planning how to act to make our vision a reality."

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