Walking and Biking Summit hosted in Grand Junction
WHAT: Second Walking and Biking Summit
WHEN: Friday, March 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., Grand Junction
COST: $10 for adults, $5 for students in advance; $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door
Many people in Colorado’s Grand Valley use sidewalks and biking as a main mode of transportation.
To further study that cross-section of residents and their needs, Mesa County Health Department and Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning, along with other local organizations and groups, will host the second Walking and Biking Summit in Grand Junction from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 13. The event will be at Two Rivers Convention Center (159 Main St., Grand Junction). Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for students in advance, or $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door.
Breakfast and lunch is included.
“This is to provide a tool kit for individuals and policy makers to foster a healthy transportation change in our Grand Valley,” said Elizabeth Collins, who works as both the Mesa County regional transportation planner and event organizer.
According to Dean Bressler, Mesa County’s senior transportation planner and another event organizer, more than 150 people attended a similar event two years ago.
This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City and president of the National League of Cities.
“Salt Lake City has been competitively attracting a high quality work force and employers want that for their employees,” Bressler said. “[Becker] believes and emphasizes the importance of a walkable, bikeable community to maintain an economic competitiveness. We want more of that here.”
Other speakers include elected leaders, local businesses, members of the Grand Valley’s health care industry, plus biking and walking advocates.
“It’s a really big network across sectors and careers to facilitate changes to be in a more liveable community,” Collins said. “We look at Mesa County as a region and focus on creating an economically stable community to be able to access grocery stores safely with an easy infrastructure.
“It can drive and benefit a community by creating those liveable aspects.”
Presentations include topics like how businesses benefit from walkable and bikeable communities, transportation to schools and exercise as medicine.
More information can be found by going to http://www.healthmesacounty.org/wb-summit.
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