NC Bike Summit comes to Carrboro this weekend

jprice@newsobserver.comOctober 16, 2013 

— North Carolina’s second-ever “bike summit” of elected officials, traffic engineers, town planners and bicycle advocates will be this weekend in Carrboro, a town that has become a nationally recognized model for bicycle-friendly communities.

The three-day event, which is modeled on an annual national summit, starts Friday morning. It was in Raleigh last year, but it moved to Carrboro this time because the town is the only municipality in the state rated as “Silver Level Bicycle Friendly” by the national League of American Bicyclists, said Heidi Perry, one of the organizers.

There will be keynote panels on topics that include municipal success stories in planning for bikes and cycling as an economic development tool. Consultants will use the event to unveil a draft of Chapel Hill’s new bike master plan.

Among the host of breakout sessions will be one on municipal bike-sharing programs, focusing on the relatively new one in Charlotte and the preliminary plans for one in Raleigh.

Several other sessions will focus on aspects of bike safety, something that’s foremost in local riders’ thoughts after a hit-and-run accident just a few miles from the summit site on Sept. 19 that killed two cyclists. The driver still hasn’t been found.

Most of the summit will be at the Hampton Inn and Suites on East Main Street in Carrboro.

The lighter side of the event includes a food truck-and-local microbrew movie night Friday at 7:30. There will be an outdoor showing of the feature film “Ride the Divide,” about a 2,700-mile mountain bike race billed as the world’s toughest. Presenting the film will be Carrboro resident Matt Lee, who has won the race several times.

There also will be several group rides on Sunday. The rides as well as the movie night are all open to the public without registering for the summit.

More information on the summit, including schedules, locations and how to register, is at www.ncactive.org/content/nc-bicycle-summit.

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