Statewide forum features 60 sessions, electric bike expo, renowned int’l expert speakers … all in Houston
Want more trails, bicycle/pedestrian-safe streets and active transportation choices? Don’t miss the Texas Trails & Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference, March 9-11, 2016, at the Houston Marriott Medical Center.
The major statewide conference, “Future Trails: Planning Spaces, Connecting Places,” will feature 60 sessions, an electric bike expo – with test rides, exhibits, prominent experts, mobile workshops and networking over three days.
Keynote presentations will feature insightful looks into sustainable transportation trends, “reclaiming the streets,” creating healthy communities and more from renowned international, national and state experts.
Houston is one of the fastest-improving cities in the United States for trails and active transportation, according to TTAT organizers, and has a strong cycling community.
“The momentum in Houston for facilitating healthier lifestyles is percolating now,” says Clark Martinson, general manager for The Energy Corridor District, a gold sponsor of the upcoming TTAT conference. “With the extensive Bayou Greenways Initiative, a Houston Bike Plan in development and the city’s Complete Streets program, this is a great time to push for more trails, bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly intersections.”
At the conference, Martinson will present The District’s initiatives to improve trail connections, create safer places for pedestrians and cyclists to travel, and encourage alternative transportation use. This year, The District will begin reconstructing six intersections along busy IH-10 to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists alike to walk, bike or catch a METRO bus in The Energy Corridor.
One TTAT Conference event getting attention is the Electric Bike Expo, where the latest e-bike models can be test-ridden on a course with a hill and terrain.
Experts, manufacturers, suppliers and local retailers will be on hand to discuss the technology, features and benefits of pedal-assist electric bikes. Mini-sessions will feature e-bike experts teaching about motor and battery technology, while mechanics from local bike shops will discuss maintenance.
Other conference sessions will focus on economic development, health, safety and other topics that advance active transportation and trails.
Professional credits can be racked up at the conference with certifications for American Society of Civil Engineers / Texas Society of Professional Engineers (ASCE/TSPE), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-a).
Ride over to the TTAT website here and register now for “Future Trails: Planning Spaces, Connecting Places.”