This first-year event on May 19, 2016, saw 56 people attend for a full day of learning about how to encourage their university, business or community to become more bike friendly. It featured many inspirational speeches and presentations and wrapped up with the Tour de MSU, a ride around the MSU campus and neighboring communities, to experience what’s happening on the streets in our area.
Presentations on the video & their start location:
Mark Meadows, Mayor of E. Lansing: 1:27
Dan Bollman, Assoc. VP of IPF: 3:45
Lou Anna Simon, MSU President: 6:27
Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Specialist, League of American Bicyclists: 7:45
Gus Gosselin, Mechanical Engr, IPF: 49:11
Tim Potter, Sustainable Transportation Mgr.: 57:27
Steve Clark 1:13:54
Steve Sanders, Alternative Transportation Manager, U of MN: 1:29:40
Here’s a shorter highlights video of the event.
A few photos from the event are below.
We’re looking forward to possibly doing a similar conference next year. Stay tuned!
Sorry, but registration is now closed. Call (517) 334-9100 to manually register. If you’re interested in sponsoring the conference please refer to this page of information.
Last November, Michigan State University was recognized as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University. MSU joins an elite group of 28 other Silver level and 126 other BFUs who have received recognition from the League of American Bicyclists ranging from Bronze to Platinum.
Who Should Attend?
Working for a business that is interested in becoming more Bike Friendly? A spokesman for Steelcase will be sharing their rationale for pursuing the BFB award.
Inside city government and wondering how to move towards becoming more bike friendly? Learn how Lansing, MI, a typical Midwest city is able to install a surprising amount of bike-friendly facilities every year. A representative from Grand Rapids will also be presenting their story of how improving their city for bicycling has helped spur regional development.
Come learn more about the secrets of reaching Platinum Bike Friendly Univ. status from U-Minnesota-Minneapolis’ bike coordinator.
Want to know how being bike friendly means potentially hundreds millions of $$ for your state at many levels? Listen to Michigan’s Bike Coordinator present the findings of a state-wide report showing how bicycling brings well over $600 mil. annually to the state.
In order to assist other universities, their surrounding communities and businesses to be recognized as bicycle friendly or to achieve the next step in the Bicycle Friendly Program, Michigan State University will host a “Bicycle Friendly America” conference on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at the Kellogg Center on our beautiful campus. The conference will include general sessions as well as break-out sessions to present information specific to Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly University, as well as Bicycle Friendly Business.
We will have presenters from the League of American Bicyclists, the League of Michigan Bicyclists, the State of Michigan, other universities (including a Platinum level one), as well as Michigan State University, local communities and businesses.
Join us for a day of interaction to help make our campuses, communities, and businesses more bicycle friendly thus safer for all of us alike!
Registration is Open! Click here to register. Early bird registration is $100 and has been extended thru April 15; after midnight April 15 the fee will be $120.
Registration closed midnight on May 15. Sorry, no on-site registration
- PDF version of our preliminary agenda (PDF, as of 05-09-16)
- Click here for a print-friendly PDF flyer
- Route map for our Tour de MSU ride-around
- Highlights of our Tour de MSU
With technical & logistical support from the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
Questions? Gggossel@ipf.msu.edu or 517-432-0501