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These workshops are free and open to the public.  For further information please contact Kiara Winans (352.335.3959).

Hope some BEST persons can participate!  Kathleen Pagan, Alachua County Senior Planner (Growth Management)

 

ALACHUA CO. & AREA BICYCLE TRAIL WORKSHOP, October 17th - 19th, 2007

 

Workshop 1: Regional and Local Project Implementation
Wednesday, October 17th @ 2:30pm—5:00pm
Location: Florida Community Design Center*

Presenters:

 

Introduction and Welcome, Kiara Winans, Alachua Co. Bicycle Alliance
Announcement: On display for public review and comment will be County composite sidewalk and bike facility list and map, the "connectors" list and map, and the off-road bicycle trail list. Take the opportunity to help your County Commission to turn Gainesville and Alachua Co. in to a more bicycle friendly community!!!

 

Ken Bryan, Florida Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
“30,000 foot level on policy, program and funding measures needed to create regional and statewide systems at the next level”

 

Robin Turner, Regional Coordinator, DEP Office of Greenways and Trails
“Statewide perspectives on bicycle planning”

 

Martin Gold, Executive Director, Florida Community Design Center
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
“Civil Infrastructure - integrating cycling and public space”

 

Matt Dube, Projects Coordinator, Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency
“Cycling Facilities and Urban Redevelopment”

 

Sunset Urban Trail Ride** Wednesday evening @ 6:30pm 

Trail Leader: Mike Hetrick, MR. GOODBIKE bicycle retail shop!!!

**The ride will depart from the Mr. Goodbike, bicycle retail shop (BRING A GOOD LIGHT). 
Address: 425 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, Florida     Phone number: 352.336.5100

 

Workshop 2: Linking with Health and Sustainability
Thursday, October 18th @ 9:00am—11:00am
Location: Florida Community Design Center*

Presenters:

Linda Crider, Program Director, Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program University of Florida, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Mandi Hall 
How about "Incorporating walking and bicycling into school policy and programs"

 

Andy Brown
“Alternative Transportation Incentive System (ATIS)”

 

Theodore A. Petritsch, P.E., PTOE, Senior Transportation Engineer Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.
“Conserve by Bicycle Program: Ways to promote bicycling and walking” 
The Conserve by Bicycle Program Study was mandated the 2005 Legislature to 
identify ways increased use of bicycles could be promoted to save energy and 
achieve health benefits (Section 335.067, F.S.).  This project documented 
the number of people who would use bikes for transportation and recreation 
if facility improvements were made. In addition, it quantified the energy savings and health benefits associated with increased ridership.

 

Workshop 3: Linking with Education
Thursday, October 18th @ 1:30pm—3:30pm
Location: Florida Community Design Center*

Presenters:

Laura Hallam, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association
“Adult Education Programs”

 

Dekova Batey, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Gainesville
“Alachua Co. School Bicycle Safety Programs”

 

Yukari Takata, Assistant Program Director for the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program
"Promoting Active Living for Children Through Traffic Education Programs"

 

Charlie Wise, Alachua County School Board
“Alachua Co. School Bicycle Programs for Drivers Ed and Physical Education”

 

Sunset ride on Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail Thursday evening @ 5:00pm
Trail Leader: Linda Crider, BIKE FLORIDA!!!

 

Workshop 4: Trail Building
Friday, October 19th
8:00- 12:00noon break for lunch*** 1:00pm—3:00pm

Location: Prairie Creek Conservation Area
(Directions: Drive east out of Gainesville on SR 20 (Hawthorne Road).  Cross over Prairie Creek, and within a half mile, turn right onto the next paved road - CR 2082.   Take this for 1.3 miles, and then turn right onto CR 234.  You'll cross the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, and in a few hundred feet, take the first right onto a limerock driveway (two mailboxes).  Follow this about a mile to the Homestead, and we'll be meeting in the older home there.)

Presenters:

 

Edwin McCook, Public Use Coordinator, Water Management District

Mickey Thomason, Central Region Manager, DEP Office of Greenways and Trails

Robert Hutchinson, Program Director, Alachua County Conservation Trust
“Trail Building and GIS Mapping at Prairie Creek Conservation Area”

 

8:00am: Introduction

8:30am-10:30am: Trail Planning
Discuss the practical details of planning a trail, from flagging trees and developing the trail to blazing a trail and choosing special features on your trail. 

 

10:30am-12:00pm
Explorative Walk through Trail Planning Issues at Prairie Creek Trail: 
Walk and discussion with presenters, Edwin McCook, Public Use Coordinator, Water Management District; Mickey Thomason, Central Region Manager, DEP Office of Greenways and Trails; and, Robert Hutchinson, Program Director, Alachua County Conservation Trust.

 

***Lunch provided by ROLLY POLLY sandwiches (veg. and non-veg.)

 

1:00pm-2:00pm: Trail Building Techniques
Discuss the practical details of trail building, learn how to use an inclinometer and other trail building tools. 

 

2:00pm-3:00pm
Practice What You Preach: Use an inclinometer, see trail building techniques used, and discuss some issues related to trail building techniques.   
Walk at the Prairie Creek Trail and discussion with presenters, Edwin McCook, Public Use Coordinator, Water Management District; Mickey Thomason, Central Region Manager, DEP Office of Greenways and Trails; and, Robert Hutchinson, Program Director, Alachua County Conservation Trust.

 

Workshop 5: Building Bicycling Through Tourism
Friday, October 19th @ 4:00pm—5:00pm
Location: Florida Community Design Center*

Presenters:

 

Hope Howland-Cook, Program Director, Bike Florida
“Bike Florida Inc Promoting Trails and Cycling"

 

Roland Loog & John Pricher, Alachua County Visitors and
Convention Bureau
“Tourism Product Development Events and Capital Grant Funds”

 

*The Florida Community Design Center is located inside the Chamber of Commerce Building, 300 East University Avenue.  The Florida Community Design Center phone number is 352.334.7111.


Thank you to all the supporting organizations:

Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT), the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) Cola-Cola North American, Alachua County Bicycle Alliance (ABA), Bike Florida, Florida Bicycle Association (FBA), and Gainesville Sports Commission.

 

Alachua Co. & Area Bicycle Trail Workshop Contact Information:
Kiara Winans                                        Gainesville Sports Commission
Alachua Co. Bicycle Alliance                  300 E. University Ave.
P.O. Box 14854                                     Suite 100
Gainesville, FL 32604                             Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 335-3959                                       (352) 338-9300



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