Agenda

  Thursday, May 4

Daily Schedule
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration Opens
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Introductions and Opening Remarks
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Keynote Vince Graham
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Breakout Session A
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Happy Hour Networking & Silent Auction
10:00am – 11:30am Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin
Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols
Traveler’s Rest Mayor Wayne McCall
Greenville Mayor Knox White, sending his representative, Councilwoman Amy Ryberg-Doyle
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, sending his representative, Allen Davis, Design Division Director
1:15pm – 3:00pm: Breakout Session A
A1. Community & Economic Development: 
How have trails in South Carolina helped communities develop?  In so many ways, trails spurred economic development, social cohesion, and created new new opportunities for entrepreneurs.  Come hear from multiple experts on two trails that have done so much for the communities they cross through and between.  Learn from these two case studies that describe how an idea turned into a community vision, which turned into a plan, which then became a design that was funded and constructed.  And finally, hear about every aspect of community development that resulted from these cost effective projects.
Julian Reed, Furman University
Wayne McCall, Mayor of Travelers Rest
Dean Moss, Executive Director of Spanish Moss Trail
A2. Pop Up Infrastructure
Temporary “pop up” infrastructure can help members of the school community and the broader public understand the benefits of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements. This session will: 1) Explain what pop infrastructure is, 2) Provide examples of pop infrastructure projects across the country, 3) Cover key steps for pop-up infrastructure planning.  The session will conclude with an interactive exercise designed to highlight the potential of pop up infrastructure and to give participants direct experience with pop up infrastructure planning and execution.
Darren Flusche, Toole Design
Ed Kinney, City of Greenville
A3. Livability of Neighborhoods
Often the first obstacle to advancing walking and biking in a community is gaining buy-in from leadership and key decision-makers. More and more, the question that must be answered is “What’s in it for me?” With so many competing interests, communities justifiably need to know what their expected return on investment is for expending resources on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, encouragement programs, and policy decisions. This session will showcase the transportation, health, livability, and economic benefits communities can reap from increasing walking and biking. If you’re looking for compelling methods to sell your community on biking and walking, then this session is for you!
John Fellows, City of Columbia
Ernie Boughman, Toole Design

  Friday, May 5

Daily Schedule
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Welcome back!
9:15 am – 10:45 am : Breakout Session B
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch & Keynote Charles Brown
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Vendors & Walking Event
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Breakout Session C
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Closing Remarks
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Tour de Taco bike ride

 

 

Extended Special Interest Sessions*
8:00 am – 11:00 am: Funding Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure
Darren Flusche and Ernie Boughman, Toole Design with Toole Design will lead this workshop that addresses:  What are the key funding sources for bicycle, pedestrian, and Safe Routes to School projects? How do I make sure my project is competitive for those funding sources? And what exactly is going on with federal transportation policy right now? This interactive session will review eligibility, criteria, timelines and other important information and have a facilitated conversation to identify participant’s priorities, opportunities, and challenges.
Darren Flusche, Toole Design, Washington DC
Ernie Boughman, Toole Design, Spartanburg
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation Management
Workshop:  The best plan is the one that gets implemented. This session will review aspects of a bicycle and pedestrian plan that make recommended projects more likely to be built, with a special focus on effective implementation sections. It will also focus on what to do once you have a master plan – how can agency staff, advocates, and other stakeholders help advance projects through to completion? The session will provide examples of successfully implemented bicycle, pedestrian, and Safe Routes to School projects in South Carolina. 
Darren Flusche, Toole Design, Washington DC
Ernie Boughman, Toole Design, Spartanburg
9:15am – 10:45am: Breakout Session B
B1. Bicycle/Pedestrian Education in the Classroom
How do we best educate vulnerable road users on the safest ways of navigating our streets? Hear from a host of bike safety and law educators, all working or volunteering in a variety of community settings, and take this opportunity to learn their best practices. Each presenter has a unique perspective based on their audiences, their various curricula, and their own experiences.
Janet Wojcikj, Professor Winthrop University
Chris Bolling, City of Columbia Police
B2. Safety Assessment Scavenger Hunt
If the Mayor’s Bike & Walk Summit were a school, would it be safe to walk or ride your bike? The South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center leads participants in an interactive scavenger hunt around the neighborhood surrounding the IT-oLogy building to identify existing infrastructure that creates an enabling environment for walking and biking. We will also discuss what improvements could be made based on participant observations and how all of this can be applied to improve the safety and physical activity opportunities of students in South Carolina.  
SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center
1:00pm – 2:45pm: Breakout Session C
C1. Bike Safety Programs:
How has law enforcement partnered with educators in South Carolina to create a more knowledgeable citizenry for safer bicycling? Come hear presentations by law enforcement personnel doing it right. When it comes to sharing the road, street, or sidewalk, these experts are getting the message out to the public. And they’re doing it in innovative ways, combining, modifying, and tailoring curriculum to audiences everywhere, and doing it with prevention in mind as we all share the streets.
Kara Pumphrey, North Charleston Police Department
Megan Shropshire, Greenville Health Systems
Scott Kasin, Trek Bicycle Corporation
C2. Engineering/Planning – Rural Communities:
Rural communities face unique challenges and opportunities.  Hear from these planners who work to improve infrastructure everyday, in remote areas with quaint towns transforming their identities to evolve with the changing times.  Come hear some inspiring stories about renewing some of SC’s most rural areas with better bike and walk infrastructure.
Blake Sanders, ALTA Planning
Tracy Hegler, Richland County
C3. Effective Advocacy and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees:
How do you advocate in the right way, to the right people, at the right time? How do we coordinate efforts to change hearts and minds in elected officials (campaigns), with efforts to change policies and funding priorities, with efforts to get great projects funded?  Come hear from the best of the best, for case studies right here in our state and region, in how to advocate as a professional or volunteer community leader.
Frank Mansbach, Bike Walk Greenville
Katie Zimmerman, Charleston Moves
Natalie Britt, Palmetto Conservation
Tiffany James, The COMET
Peter Wilborn, BikeLaw