More than Just Exercise: What Biking Can Do to Build Community and Foster Economic Development

APA California Chapter


Sunday, September 14, 2014
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PDT

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As there is an increasing interest in leading healthy lifestyles and finding alternative means of transportation in our cities, the popularity of biking has also risen as an attractive and desired feature in our communities. In this session, we will explore how biking has been integrated into the community through the organization of large citywide events such as CicLAvia and is also being used by smaller neighborhood groups to create community pride and investment. Building upon the two CPF bike tours hosted earlier this year in the Cities of Long Beach and Davis, this session will explore how bike-related events, activities or improvements can contribute to the economic sustainability of a community by supporting local businesses while also investing in the social and recreational aspects of a community. The session will share insights from a grassroots organization that uses biking to prevent gang participation and facilitate community enrichment, a non-profit that has created a regional biking event that has grown exponentially in participation and recognition, as well as perspectives from a local agency that has set its sights on being the “most bike friendly City in the nation.”