Top Stories May 10, 2018

Statewide Biking, Walking and Trails Summit In Jackson

by Jackson Hole. Media

On the heels of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force Report released earlier this year, Wyoming Pathways, Platte River Trails and Friends of Pathways will present the 2018 Wyoming Bike Walk Trails Summit in Jackson, May 21-23.  The Summit will provide an opportunity for all Wyoming Biking, Walking, & Trail Advocates, Elected Leaders, Planners, Engineers, Transportation & Recreation Leaders, Public Health Practitioners, and Tourism Professionals, to convene to focus on helping Wyoming communities become more prosperous, healthier and better places to live.  The previous two statewide Summits in 2013 and 2015 were great successes and the 2018 event, being held at Jackson’s famous Snow King Resort, is on track to be the biggest and best summit ever.

With presentations covering a broad range of disciplines, the Summit will feature experts in planning and development of biking and walking facilities and livable communities, health, transportation, and outdoor recreation all focused on developing “Pathways to Prosperous Communities”.  Attendees will be able to take tools and techniques that they learn at the Summit to develop and implement beneficial biking, walking and trails initiatives in their communities

The Summit begins on Monday evening with feature keynote speaker Dan Burden of Blue Zones. Dan makes a compelling connection between active living and health. Tuesday opens with a Directors’ round table discussion with WYDOT Director Bill Panos, Health Director Tom Forslund, and State Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo, followed by active transportation expert Joe Gilpin of Alta Planning to review the new Wyoming Bicycle Pedestrian System Report and how to make use of it in your community.

Tuesday afternoon, attendees will also learn how to develop active and healthy communities from “People, Place and Prosperity” experts Community Builders and Dutch sustainable mobility consultants Mobycon.  Closing out the daytime program, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in field trips including a Walking Audit with Dan Burden, a Public trails and healthy communities survey, and bike tours on Jackson’s award-winning pathway system with the designers and managers.

The Summit is sponsored by a diverse group of organizations, including WYDOT, Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Department of Health, the Wyoming Business Council, AARP, Jackson Tourism and Stay Wild, Mobycon, and the Wyoming Technology Transfer Center, all with a focus of making Wyoming a more prosperous, healthier and better place to live.

Attendees will see world-class presenters, enjoy some fun springtime activities in Jackson Hole and experience great networking opportunities with fellow attendees from around Wyoming. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register soon to receive the discounted early registration.  Attendees are also eligible for discounted room rates at Snow King Resort as well as Summit scholarships equal to one night’s lodging.  Summit details, registration and room booking links can be found at www.wyopath.org/summit.

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