Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Upcoming Opportunities for Involvement

It's always good to get involved, and with biking, their are a number of different ways to join the movement. (Pun unintended. Well, maybe it is!) Bike riding, sitting on a committee, taking public outreach surveys and attending conferences are just some of the ways to join in. Read on to learn more about participating in some upcoming bike-related opportunities.

Southern Mountain Bike Summit. Over the weekend of March 22 - 24, the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the Southern Off-Road Biking Association (SORBA) will be hosting a bike summit in Woodstock, GA. The summit will provide opportunities to ride, network and learn about many things, including trail engineering, fundraising and PR approaches to getting people off-road and on their bikes.

SC Multimodal State Plan. As you might recall, SCDOT is updating their statewide transportation plan. Updates include provisions for bikes and peds. A public opinion survey is open until March 12 (extended from its original date) for you to participate in. This plan will inform the state's transportation policies through the year 2040.Please consider taking a few minutes from your day to provide valuable input.

Winning Campaigns Training. There's an opportunity to attend a workshop put on by the national organization Alliance for Biking and Walking. In Athens, GA the Georiga state advocacy group Georgia Bikes will be hosting a training weekend from April 5-7. Back in 2011, I attend this training when it was hosted by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition. I found it to be a great opportunity to learn, engage and network. It was a very enriching and empowering time!

City of Clemson Bike Plan Update. On Monday, March 11 a Bike Plan update is on the agenda for the City of Clemson Planning Commission. The meeting is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to get a state of the bike plan. Hear first hand what's going on and what has yet to be done.

Check out these or other opportunities to get involved!

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