Rutland hosts statewide Vermont Walk/Bike Summit

RUTLAND—VTrans, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition will host the 2016 statewide Vermont Walk/Bike Summit on April 1-2 in Rutland at the Paramount Theatre.

The summit offers indoor and outdoor workshops. Friday features four themes: Built Environment, Advocacy and Education, Safety Education and Enforcement, and Economic Development, with three sessions each. Other features include peer exchanges, a highly acclaimed keynote, vendor displays and much more. Health Commissioner Harry Chen will provide opening remarks, and Secretary of Transportation Chris Cole will moderate the opening plenary.

On Saturday, April 2, the summit will feature mobile workshops. Participants can choose from six options, exploring the region by way of walking, hiking and biking.

“VTrans helped initiate the first Bike/Ped Summit with the Vermont Bike/Ped coalition,” said Transportation Secretary Chris Cole. “It’s deeply gratifying to see how participation and support has grown since that initial effort. Our support for this event matches our commitment to improving safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians in our downtowns and on our highways. There are clear benefits for economic development and public health and we look forward to seeing what good ideas come out of this year’s summit.”

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