West Virginia Cycling Symposium

WV Cycling Symposium

April 17 - 18, 2009  -  Charleston, WV

Organize, Develop and Implement!

Friday, April 17, 6 - 9:30 pm Plenary & Dinner

Location:   Governor's Mansion, advanced registration required for security purposes

Welcome and Introductions - Dave Pray, President and Founder, WV Cycling Foundation
Health Issues facing West Virginia Honorable Senator Dr. Dan Foster
Introduction to the League of American Bicyclists - Andy Clarke, Executive Director, LAB
WV Department of Transportation's commitment to bicycling - Paul A. Mattox, Jr..Secretary, WV Department of Transportation

Dave Pray  Dr. Foster
Andy Clarke
Secretary Mattox
Dave Pray
President, WV Cycling Foundation

Dr. Dan Foster
Honorable Senator
 Kanawha County

Andy Clarke
Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists
Paul A. Mattox, Jr.
WV Department of Transportation

Saturday, April 18, 9 am - 2 pm Presentations and working groups

Location:  Charleston Civic Center

9 - 10 am - Presentations

Kimberly Broughton 
State of the State of bicycling in West Virginia

Kimberly Broughton
Creative Crosswalks
Symposium coordinator
Natalie Cappicio-Britt 
Phenomenal success stories at the state level
Natalie Cappicio-Britt
Palmetto Bicyclist, South Carolina
invitation issued, waiting for confirmation
Jeff Miller 
Organizing winning campaigns & grassroots efforts
Jeff Miller, Executive Director
Alliance for biking and walking (formerly Thunderhead Alliance)
10 am - Noon   Break out sessions - Pick a topic, listen, roll up your sleeves and get busy!

Session 1 - Creating better on-road bicycling through mountain biking's success How does WV turn the successes of mountain biking into more bike friendly communities, policies and collaborative work between groups?  Highlighting recent ride to the ride initiatives showing success between road and off road riders towards a common goal.

Track moderator - JR Petsko, Executive Director, WV Mountain Bike Assoication

Presenter:  Jeff Peel, Bicycle Friendly Community Program Specialist, League of American Bicyclist.  Co-author of Linking Downtown to Dirt in recent issue of DirtRag.  His presentation will be along those lines.

Presenter:  Frank Maguire, International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Regional Leadership Council

 Presenter:  Representative from the Midland Trail
Session 2 - Building relationships with state legislators and state DOT for better policies and legislations and the role of citizens input and advocacy. 
Learning from South Carolina's example and Thunderhead's Winning Campaign strategy.

Track moderator - Dennis Strawn, Advocacy Coordinator Mountain State Wheelers Bicycle Club

Presenter:  Andy Clarke, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists

Presenter:  Jeff Miller, Executive Director, Alliance for biking and walking (formerly Thunderhead)

Session 3 - Economic impact of bicycling
Promoting bike trails and tours to have impact on the economy in a bigger way!  Learn about the WV bicycling mapping project and share your work with others!
Track moderator - Dave Pray, Founder and Executive Director, WV Cycling Foundation, owners of the event Cheat Mountain Challenge Century rides at Snowshoe Mountain
Presenter:  Kathleen Panek, Executive Director os WV Rails-to-Trails Council, Owner/Host of Gillum House Bed & Breakfast.  Topic:  Bikes to Bucks - Want to get the politicians behind your trail efforts? How do you convince people that a trail should be built/maintained?  It is all in the Bucks. Hear examples of what trails did in Illinois and what trails have done in West Virginia.
Presenter:  JD Morgan, Director of Business Development, Snowshoe Mountain
Session 4 - Education, Safe Routes to Schools and youth programs
Learn the national vision and help develop the next step in WV towards better education.  Learn about the helmet safety program being developed and share your news and progress!
Track Moderator - Kim Broughton, Coordinator, Mid-Ohio Valley Bicycle Council; PARK (my neighborhood, my park) Program Founder and Manager; Cheat Mountain Challenge Century Rides at Snowshoe Event Director; International Mountain Bike Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Leadership Council
Presenter:  Bill Nesper, Director, Bike Friendly Community Program, League of American Bicyclists
Presenter:  Kim Broughton:  Topic:  Helmet safetly education program under development.  Partnership with Neighborhood Watch for increased physical activity
Presenter:  Nick Hein, League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor, Director Positive Spin - Traffic Skills 101
Noon - 1 pm  Working lunch - Jeff Miller, Alliance for Biking and Walking - Forming next steps
1 - 1:45 pm - Wrap up! 
ride2 pm - Wheeler's Ride to the capital and Pedestrian parade from the capital to the riders and back!  Open to all, whether you attend the symposium or not!  Longer ride planned afterwards for those interested. This ride is being sponsored by the Mountain State Wheelers!  Thank you!
The WV Cycling Symposium is organized by a volunteer steering committee consisting of cycling advocates across WV, and staff from the League of American Bicyclists and The Alliance for Biking and Walking.  


You can register online by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/268525166 or you can mail a check to the West Virginia Cycling Foundation, PO Box 1933, Charleston, WV  25237.

Just a note about the costs.  A symposium of this magnitude should cost a lot more.  The cost alone of the National speakers presenting would cost more than what the entire event has ended up costing.  It is only because of funding from Trek, SRAM, and Bikes Belong that the speakers costs are covered.  Please thank these groups for helping!


Dinner Rolls with butter
Pre-Tossed Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad
Roasted Pork Loin with Mushrooms and Peppers
Vegetable Lasagna
Broccoli and Carrots
Blended Wild Rice
Baker’s Choice of Assorted Desserts

Assorted Soda and Bottled Water
Wine  (red, white and white Zinfandel)
Beer (Budweiser, Bud Light, Mich Ultra)
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Teas

Saturday morning breakfast:
Fresh brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, domestic teas
Lemonade and chilled orange and apple juice
Breakfast pastry assortment
Fresh fruit platter

Saturday lunch (plate choices):
Flaky Croissant Turkey Breast with Swiss Cheese
Flaky Croissant Ham and American Cheese
Flaky Croissant Fresh Chicken Salad
Flaky Croissant Veggie Sandwich

All plates served with:
Pasta Salad
Potato Chips

On the side:
Whole Fruit
Fresh Baked Cookies
Customary Beverages

Sponsors and Friends

Are you interested in being a bigger part of the event?  We are accepting sponsors and have many exciting opportunities.  Send me an email if you would like to know more.  You can reach me, Kim Broughton, by emailing me at kimberlyjoshi@gmail.comI look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks to the sponsor and friends who are making this possible.
WVCFWild and Wonderful WV
Thunderhead Alliance
 “The Bicycle Friendly State Program is generously support by
program partners Bikes Belong, SRAM and Trek Bicycle.”
E. Gail Pitchford    Momentum Magazine
 Gillum House Bed & Breakfast
Charleston WV CVB

Bicentennial Inn and the 88 Restaurant



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