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2013 Walking & Biking Trails Summit

2013 Walking & Biking Trails Summit

This is not a WSA organized or sponsored event.

It is a topic I imagine is near and dear to many of our members. I have posted it as a Calander event rather than a just a brown calander announcement so those WSA members who are attending can see who else is too and perhaps they can volunteer to help on the Summit, plan active participation or have other reasons to know who else is attending.

A diverse group of organizations will host the Walking and Biking Trails Summit at Two Rivers Convention Center. The goal of the Summit is to engage the community in discussion and build understanding and support around the value and importance of trails in our community.
The Trails Summit is open to the public and will bring together the community to discuss and work on four different subjects relating to walking and biking...trails within the urban envelope; economic impact, health impact, transportation impact, and recreation impact. Speakers and panel discussions will focus on all four subjects during the morning and breakout sessions will focus efforts on those four subjects in the afternoon.

The Walking and Biking Trails Summit keynote speaker will be Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.

The America Walks website says this of Dan:

Dan Burden is the modern Johnny Appleseed of pedestrian and bicycle design. He has been traversing America as the premier presenter, facilitator, and documentarian of transformation in cities and towns since 1996. His generosity, wit, and dedication have set the standard for an entire generation of consultants and community leaders. He is Executive Director of Walkable Communities, Inc. and Principal at Glatting Jackson.

Dan Burden is a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, street corridor and intersection design, traffic flow and calming, and other design and planning elements that affect roadway environments. He has had 25 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating alternative transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design. He served for 16 years as Florida DOT’s State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and he presently works as Executive Director of Walkable Communities, Inc., a non-profit corporation helping North America develop walkable communities.

The 2013 Walking and Biking Trails Summit is a product of the effort of a group of volunteers representing many different organizations in our community. These include:

  • Mesa County Health Department
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office
  • City of Grand Junction
  • Grand Valley Bikes
  • The Urban Trail Committee
  • The Grand Valley Trails Alliance


Cost is just $10 in adavance or $15 day of the event. Click here to reach theirregistration page.


If you are attending and want to meetup with fellow WSA members, announce that in your RSVP and post your cell # there so we can be sure to connect with one another the day of the event.

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  • Fran P.

    A good day! As Doug promised, Dan Burden was a good speaker and it was great to see his slides showing the conversion of some roadways that were not at all pedestrian & bike friendly into spaces that are people oriented & encourage walking & biking. Thanks to the organizers and the sponsors for making this conference happen!

    March 8, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    I attended to hear Dan Burden, the keynote speaker. As always, Dan was inspirtional but as always the bottom line to his message is 'I can show you the tools or suggest to you where there are successful communities doing what you say you want to do', however your community has to have the political will to make it happen. The root of the future success of GJ as a walking-biking friendly community has to begin with each of us. I signed the pledge and I will do my part, and then some.

    March 8, 2013

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    A former member

    I'm excited to see what comes out of this summit.

    March 2, 2013

  • Mary h.

    Sometime during the day for sure. I encourage everyone who can to stop by. We all use these trails.

    February 14, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    [masked] I have heard Dan speak before and been on a walkability tour with him. He is great.

    February 3, 2013

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