I knew that Jen Benepe would have much more extensive look into this years NJ Bike and Walk Summit which is one of the reasons why I didn't really bother going into great detail here. Plus, when I cover events, I often just shoot from the hip. Jen, with a degree in journalism could be seen diligently scribbling on her notepad all day at the Summit. I wasn't willing to compete against that. For more in-depth coverage of the Summit, take a look at Part 1 of Jen's coverage on her Benepe's Bike Blog.
|The impressive Trenton Masonic Temple.|
Without a doubt the 2011 New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit hosted by the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition was a great success. The event was held in the beautifully exquisite Masonic Temple directly across the Trenton Barracks and a block form the State House.
For a general gist of the days events, the summit agenda pretty much covers most of what you need to know. The expected highlight of the day was the keynote address given by Rutgers' and New Jersey's own Prof. John Pucher, famous the world over for his groundbreaking bicycle and pedestrian research. As is typical of the man, he gave one of his memorable presentations that had the crowed laughing and roweled up. However there was much more to the summit including a number of neat and unexpected highlights that were not on the schedule.
First, Jim Nicholson was given an award for his leadership role in founding the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition. I've told him personally but I think every bicyclist and pedestrian in New Jersey owes him a debt of gratitude for getting the Coalition off and running.
|The crowed gives Jim Nicholson a standing "o" for his work with the Coalition.|
|Leigh Ann grins ear to ear after receiving the big plastic check.|