May is National Bike Month! and to celebrate 540Blog and social media platforms will focus content on how we begin to normalize biking in our culture, support cyclists, and more importantly push walkablity in Rochester and beyond.
More and more, cities and towns across the country are turning their attention to active transportation. Active transportation is any type of mobility method that is propelled by a person’s physical activity. Active transportation is most commonly walking or biking, but it could also be skateboarding, scooters, or even cross-country skis. This people-powered locomotion provides us with many benefits, from better health to cleaner air.
On Thursday, May 23rd, the Active Transportation Summit will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This year’s summit, Ideas Into Motion, will explore the benefits of active transportation, will highlight advances in street design, transportation networks and other areas that can make it easier to walk and bike. Transportation planner Mark Fenton will present the keynote: “Community Design for the Triple Bottom Line: Economic, Environmental and Public Health.” A native of Brockport, Fenton has worked with many municipalities across upstate New York. He will also lead a walk audit through Rochester. The Summit will also feature New York State Department of State’s Director of Smart Growth Planning, Paul Beyer. Workshops and talks throughout the day will cover a range of topics, from planning complete streets to the specific benefits and policies that relate to kids, women, those experiencing poverty, and others. Registration is $45, and includes breakfast and lunch. Scholarship tickets are available. Learn more and register at: https://common.health/ats2019 .
Mike Bulger is a Rochester native who has returned home to pursue his passion around food systems. Mike holds an master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University and for the past several years has coordinated community food access programs and patient dietary interventions at New York Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. He was a Research Associate/TA for the esteemed Dr. Marion Nestle at NYU and has guest lectured at Yale University. As Healthy Communities Coordinator, Mike oversees Healthi Kids’ community food access interventions, worksite/staff wellness, and complete streets work.