Bike tour is 310 miles to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place
Washington, DC — August 26, 2014 — More than ten people have opted for two-wheel conveyance to roll into Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, a conference dedicated to promoting walking, biking, and placemaking. Conference organizers are expecting more than 1,000 participants at the Pittsburgh conference September 8–11.
“We want to celebrate Pittsburgh’s support of active transportation,” says Dru van Hengel, Nelson\Nygaard Principal. “Better bike and transit access gives everyone the opportunity to walk or ride, which improves the overall transportation system and gives people a satisfying sense of independence.”
Three urban planners, including Van Hengel, are biking from Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh, and will complete the 310-mile route in six days. A larger group is joining them in Cumberland, MD, where the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail begins.
“As an organization devoted to inspiring people to travel by bicycle, cycling into Pittsburgh via the GAP trail is a fantastic way to start a conference devoted to active transportation,” says Ginny Sullivan, Adventure Cycling’s Director of Travel Initiatives. “We’ve been working with Amtrak on bicycle accommodations and helping grow bicycle tourism, making this a perfect opportunity to experience first-hand what we promote.”
“What better way is there to celebrate what this conference is all about—transportation that is healthy, affordable, and fun,” says Mark Plotz, Conference Director. Plotz, who is doing the full ride a few days ahead of the planned tour, adds, “I just hope the weather holds!”
Several of the bicyclists are speaking at the conference.
These events are open to the public:
5 pm, Thursday, Sept. 4, Cumberland Adventure Cycling Event: Join Adventure Cycling Association for a gathering at the Cumberland Trail Connection to learn the latest about bike travel in North America — including an update from the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force.
9 am, Monday, Sept. 8, Celebratory bike ride: The cyclists will be met by a delegation of conference attendees and others biking from Pittsburgh to the Pump House. The group will turn around and pedal the final 8 miles to the conference center together with the long distance riders.
5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, Community Open House: Learn more about the conference by attending a Community Open House at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Third Floor.
Who: Three riders from Washington, DC; picking up 8 more riders beginning in Cumberland
When: Wednesday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 8
Where: From Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh along the W&OD trail, the C&O Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage, 310 miles
Why: To promote bicycling as a way to connect communities and speak at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference September 8-11