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Registration opens for Better Bike Share Conference

Published March 14, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Registration has opened for the Better Bike Share Conference in Philadelphia, which will bring together city leaders, businesses, advocates, neighborhood leaders and social justice groups to discuss making bike share more accessible to underserved communities.

The June 22-24 event is a collaborative effort of the city of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and PeopleForBikes.

The four organizations formed the Better Bike Share Partnership in 2014 to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. To date, the BBSP has awarded nearly $375,000 in grants to cities and organizations across the country working to make bike share more accessible to underserved communities in select U.S. cities.

The conference will help stakeholders understand how transportation in general and bike share in particular fits in the context of broader community needs such as access to jobs, better health and reducing violence, organizers stated.

“Bike share is a new and exciting tool. It’s a good option for short trips. It connects well with transit and gets people moving,” said Martha Roskowski, vice president of local innovation at PeopleForBikes. “We look forward to convening a wide range of partners at the conference as we work together to make bike share more useful to more people.”

PeopleForBikes encourages anyone working in the fields of bike share, city building, transportation, equity or social justice to attend. Early bird registration is available through May 4.

More information: bikeshareconference.org

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