The Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Conference was held Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. There were keynotes by state Senator John Lee, U.S. Senator John Ensign, an avid bicyclist, and Joe Kurmaskie, The Metal Cowboy. Twelve concurrent sessions were offered on a variety of topics. More information and the agenda are at http://www.bicyclenevada.com/conf_10_home.htm. In the past, there was one statewide conference at Lake Tahoe, but with less travel money available, the Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board decided to have conferences north and south. The northern conference will be in May 2011.
“We’re Supposed to Ride How?” : Planning for Effective Bicycle Education” was presented by Bill Story, Dan Allison, and Jim Cullen. Bill is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the state of Nevada, Dan Allison is the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Carson City and a League Cycling Instructor, and Jim Cullen is a bike educator from Las Vegas. Bill gave some background about bicycle law in Nevada and the particular challenges for and by bicyclists including wrong way riding and the lack of facilities in some areas. Dan presented on bike education for youth in the state, including existing programs in Carson City, Washoe County, and Clark County, highlighting Carson City School District’s BikeEd program for 3rd-5th grade students, and the Bike Camp offered last summer by Safe Kids Washoe County. Jim gave a summary of adult bike education, emphasizing the principles of bike ed and making the case for adult bike ed in southern Nevada.
In the process of preparing for and presenting, we all found out details about what is and is not being offered throughout the state. A lot of informal discussions about bike education took place, though unfortunately we never got together all the interested parties at one time and one place.
Jim Cullen will be creating a series of classes for adults, working with REI and other partners, and hopes to have them on a monthly basis. These will be classroom format, with parking lot and road skills added at a later date if interest is there. Dan will be working with others to present a full Traffic Skills 101 course in southern Nevada within the year. There is interest in having classes for youth, both during the school day and after-school, to complement the bike rodeos, but we are unsure yet how this will come about and who the partners will be.
The PowerPoint presentation used by Dan will be modified and made available here.