Greater Lansing’s second regional active transportation forum was held last night at the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s headquarters in Old Town. The initial event had been held in November, 2011. Both events have been well attended (approximately 25 last night), depict a wide array of interested groups and individuals, and clearly show the importance of active transportation issues in Mid-Michigan.
If you are wondering what defines active transportation is – it is those modes of movement that incorporate exercise and fitness aspects such as walking, bicycling, running, skateboarding, rollerblading, kayaking, and/or mass transit.
Attendees included representatives of two area transit agencies; MDOT; several local communities; the county health department; local and statewide active transportation advocates; bicycling organizations; public health, fitness, and wellness programs; the media; a local sporting goods retailer; and several community members.
All in all, the two-hour meeting was a productive evening as we heard a presentation on the draft Statewide Transportation Plan, advice from media consultants on creating “buzz” about active transportation issues in the community, a summary of ongoing efforts that are already taking place including a planned bike sharing program in the area, Operation Soft Serve, and a roundtable on methods for promoting active transportation over the next few months. Below are several photographs taken during the forum.
Thank you to all who participated in this important event last night. If you are interested in becoming an advocate for active transportation in Greater Lansing, please feel free to let me know by replying to this post. The more the merrier.