Register now for Michigan's first Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Conference! Join safety partners and advocates from across the state to learn about efforts to reduce and prevent pedestrian and bicyclist crashes, injuries, and fatalities, both on and off road.
The conference will feature the results of a multi-year study of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Michigan by researchers at Western Michigan University. Valerian Kwigizile, Ph.D., P.E., and Jun-Seok Oh, Ph.D., PTOE, will present their findings and recommendations for reducing bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and injuries based on their extensive review of Michigan-specific data. Other sessions will highlight planning and engineering best practices, enhancing pedestrian and bicycle safety at the community level, and hands-on educational activities.
Michigan CyclingSavvy instructors will also be on hand to teach "The truth and techniques of traffic cycling", which will earn credit for the classroom portion of the full course. This workshop will familiarize participants with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies. Students discover that bicycle drivers are equal road users, with the right and ability to control their space.
Additional speaker sessions will be posted soon.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Community transportation planners and engineers, bike and pedestrian advocates, local bike groups, and bike shop owners are among those who will find the information interesting and valuable.
The conference is a collaborative effort of the League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Safe Routes to School, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Department of State, and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.
Confirmed sponsor booths include: OHSP, LMB, MFF, MDOT, SR2S, MTGA, MDOS and CycleSavvy.
Continuing education and professional development sessions will be offered. Sessions will focus on education and awareness of causes of crashes and countermeasures to save lives. (Certificates)
Bring your bicycle and walking shoes for Saturday's sessions (helmets required to ride)!
SPACE IS LIMITED - REGISTER TODAY!
Seating is limited. Only 200 spaces are available for this event, so register early. Registration is ONLY $35 for the two-day conference and includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during breaks on Friday and breakfast Saturday.
A group block of hotel rooms is available at the conference hotel.
Comfort Inn and Suites, 2424 S. Mission St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858, 989-772-4000
Attendees should use group code: "Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning" when making reservations. Hotel reservations must be made by April 6, 2016, to receive the discounted rate of $75.
The Comfort Inn and Suites is a handicapped accessible facility. Those needing special accommodations while attending the Michigan Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Conference should contact Kara Rueckert at [email protected] or (517) 241-2520 no later than April 15th, 2016.