Maybe it’s because we were coming off of two years of virtual or semi-virtual Summits, but the energy at this year’s NC BikeWalk Transportation Summit was palpable. The entire local Summit committee was stoked and ready to welcome everyone to Greenville. The speakers and sessions were off the charts. The locally catered food was delicious, as was the beer at the local breweries.
The planning committee from Greenville, NC, along with the leadership of BikeWalk NC’s former Programs Manager, Trish Farnham, was phenomenal. It included Rosalie Calarco, Chad Carwein, Yolanda Davette, Eliud de Jesus, Dionne Evans, Debra Franklin, Anu Hanumanthu, Steven Hardy-Braz, Toneisha Jones, Alice Keene, Suzanne LaFollette-Black, Terry Lansdell, David Manning, Andrew Meeker, David Miller, Tony Parker, Sarah Parkins, Heidi Perov Perry, Mike Ross, Bion Schulken, Mary Schulken, Ted Silver, Carol Stein, Ellen Walston, Rachel Whitten, Larry Widman, Ben Wise, and Rich Zeck. BikeWalk NC thanks each of them for volunteering their time, expertise, and knowledge to the success of the event.
We could not put on the Summit without a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the generosity of 40 sponsors. We highlighted each of our sponsors on social media prior to the summit. Please visit our Summit Page and scroll down to see all of them, and click on their icons to learn more about each.
Our speakers were inspiring and our presenters were well-informed, giving all of us so much to take home and adapt to our own communities. And, we were thrilled to help the town of Winterville secure a generous grant from AARP for a permanent Traffic Garden, and to walk them through the design and construction process. It felt good to see such a wonderful new recreation/education facility for young riders being left as a legacy of our Summit.
During the Summit, we encountered several technical issues with the live streaming and recordings that were out of our control. Some of the session recordings from the summit are available at BikeWalk NC’s YouTube channel. (While you are there, please subscribe to our channel so we you can be notified when new content appears.) Other sessions, unfortunately were recorded incorrectly by the IT group we hired for this purpose. Therefore, we are preparing pdfs of the slides for each presentation and post them on the site when they are ready.