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The 2018 Southeast Biking Symposium
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Coming together to showcase the Southeast as a leader in biking and cycling tourism and exchange ideas on the future of bike-friendly communities!

Protecting Today, Planning For Tomorrow

Visionaries and industry leading keynote speakers will come together to define what’s working, what opportunities we have and and what’s coming in bicycling to the Southeast. Join tourism professionals, cycling advocates, planners, government officials and bicycling enthusiasts in robust round-table discussions and breakout sessions to learn how trends in the market can be applied across all destinations.

Don’t miss this dynamic exchange of ideas, March 22nd – 24th on Hilton Head Island.


Event Details

March 22nd – 24th, 2018
The Beach House, Hilton Head Island

Registration & Agenda* Your $95 Registration Includes The Following:
Biking Enthusiasts | 4 Keynote Sessions | Breakout Sessions | 2 Cocktail Receptions | 2 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch | 3 Bike Rides | 1 Festival | 1 Smores Bonfire Party | 1 Beach Bike Rental + Helmet*

Host Hotel: The Beach House, Hilton Head Island – Group Code SEB


Agenda

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
12:30pm – 3:30pm: Symposium Registration Check-In, The Beach House, Hilton Head Island

4:00pm – 5:30pm: WELCOME – Ariana Pernice, Vice President, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Visitor & Convention Bureau

Keynote Speaker: Andy Clarke, Director of Strategy, Toole Design + Planning. Foremost Authority on Bicycle Advocacy + Former President, League of American Bicyclists

“A Strategic Rollout – The Five E’s Have Served Us Well: Now It’s For Something Completely Different”

Summary: In 1977, the City of Geelong (Australia) developed a bicycle plan that was organized around the four E’s of Engineering, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement – a structure/organization that has defined bicycle planning ever since. 40 years later, however, we are still seeing communities across the country perpetuate our long-standing, costly, and increasingly outdated reliance on automobiles – at the cost of human life, the environment and the very communities we seek to “improve”. Why? Because a new set of principles is needed in community development and transportation planning, design and engineering today. Discover them – and whether they start with E – in Andy’s company at the SE Bike Symposium.

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Roundtable Workshop – Breaking Down The New E’s – Led By Andy Clarke
Tables Facilitated by: Alex Morrison, Ariana Pernice, Amy Johnson and Elliott Caldwell

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Poolside Appetizer + Cocktail Reception

8:00pm: Fireside Chat On The Future – Led by Andy Clarke, Director of Strategy, Toole Design + Planning and Ariana Pernice, Vice President, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Summary: Join Andy and Ari for a casual fireside chat centered on transformational communities and tourism.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

6:45am – 7:45am: Sunrise Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am: Welcome and Introduction
Bill Miles, President & CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

8:15am – 9:00am: Keynote Speaker | Chris Butler, Hilton Head Island Native, Greenville, SC Resident + International Professional Cyclist
Summary: Born on Hilton Head Island, Chris Butler began his professional cycling life later than most, during his collegiate time at Furman University in Greenville. Learn how his time in the world of professional cycling exposed him to languages and cultures all over the world, how he rose to being one of the best climbers on the planet, how he overcame barriers to entry on international teams, and what he thinks of the next generation of professional cyclists

9:15am – 10:00am: Breakout Sessions – Round One
Session 1: Planning With Purpose “Five Strategies for Building Bikeable Communities”
Byron Rushing, Bicycling & Walking Program Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission and President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Summary: Better biking come from better city planning. Good plans should incorporate of the needs of people, robust technical analysis, and careful strategic directions. Byron Rushing will speak to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s planning efforts and how they use evidence-based tools to support walkable and bikeable cities around metropolitan Atlanta (and lessons for elsewhere, too!)

Session 2: Using Arts & Culture To Improve The User Experience Along Pathways &
Trails
Jenn McEwen, Culture & Arts Network Director, Town of Hilton Head Island, Butch Kisiah, former Parks & Recreation Director, Ariana Pernice, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Visitor & Convention Bureau
Summary: Pathways and trails are more than just a bicycling experience, they can be a unique way to show the arts and culture of your destination! Jenn McEwen with the Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs, Ray “Butch” Kisiah, Former Director Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and Ariana Pernice, Vice President, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Visitor & Convention Bureau will all speak to exciting ways to incorporate art along pathways, technology to connect with the visitor and more!

Session 3: What’s Working – A Topical Walking Session
Led by Brent Buice, South Carolina + Georgia Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway
Summary:This session will focus on 1 on 1 relationship building between symposium attendees. Attendees will spend 30 minutes walking on Hilton Head Island’s beaches, pathways, on property at The Beach House, or next door at the Coligny Beach Park discussing what’s working in their community. The last 15 minutes of this session will be spent exchanging ideas with other participants in the session.

10:15am – 11:00am: Breakout Sessions – Round Two
Session 1: Structure Follows Strategy: An Analysis of a Planned Downtown Recovery and Rejuvenation
Blake Sanders, Mayor of West Pelzer, SC & Planning and Projects Manager, City of Easley, SC
Summary: Attendees will discover the impact that planned greenways and recreational improvements can have on local government strategic planning. Blake Sanders, Planning and Projects Manager for the City of Easley and Mayor of the Town of West Pelzer, will explain the benefits of bicycle tourism, economic analysis, social impacts of greenways, with an emphasis on the desire for a connected community. This session will provide a framework for future planning and growth plans for elected officials and municipal staff.

Session 2: Caila Brown’s Passion – Complete Streets For Everyone ESPECIALLY YOU!
Caila Brown, Georgia Bikes’ Complete Street Program Manager
Summary: Whether you’re biking, walking, using public transit, or driving the streets, we believe they should belong to everyone. But how does a community get from wanting these kinds of streets to actually creating them? Georgia Bikes’ Complete Streets Program Manager Caila Brown will discuss the new national policy framework; the renewed focus on implementation, equity and health; and local policy struggles and successes.

Session 3: Fireside Chat – From Advocacy to Action: The Secret Sauce To Getting Stuff Done
Frank Babel, Hilton Head Island’s #1 Bike Advocate & Steve Riley, Town Manager, Town of Hilton Head Island
Summary: Biking advocates, municipal leaders and elected officials often have different views about the importance, timing and/or funding of community bike projects. Learn about the importance of building relationships and trust, the sharing of mutual visions, picking the right projects and many other considerations all come together to create the magic sauce that gets real things done.

11:15am – 12:00pm: Breakout Sessions – Round Three
Session 1: How To Incorporate Pathways, Greenways & Trails Into Your Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment

Mark Baker, Principal, Wood + Partners Inc.
Session 2: Street Equality – Keith Benjamin

Traffic & Transportation, City of Charleston
Session 3: What’ Coming – A Topical Walking Session

Summary: This session will focus on 1 on 1 relationship building between symposium attendees. Attendees will spend 30 minutes walking on Hilton Head Island’s beaches, pathways, on property at The Beach House, or next door at the Coligny Beach Park discussing what’s coming to their community and how they are prepared are they for it. The last 15 minutes of this session will be spent exchanging ideas with other participants in the session.

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Mini Breakout Sessions – Round Four
Session 1: Lessons from a Traffic Engineer In Infrastructure Support To Improve Safety
Darrin Shoemaker, Traffic Engineer, Town of Hilton Head Island

Session 2: How One Community Is Using Bicycling To Prepare For The Next Generation Of Residents & Visitors

Ben Brown, Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association
Session 3: Open

12:45pm – 1:45pm: Freestyle Lunch at The Porch Southern Kitchen + Bar

1:45pm – 2:30pm: Breakout Sessions – Round Five
Session 1: Using Criteriums to Build Community and Brand Your Destination With Cycling Tourism
Randy DuTeau

Session 2: Macon’s Bigger Connection
Alex Morrison, Executive Director, Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority

Summary: Bridging from the success of the world’s largest pop-up bike network Macon has now adopted a robust plan to connect its inner-core neighborhoods to its historic downtown via safe, protected bikeways. The goal of this program is to increase access to opportunity for low-income citizens to more equitably distribute the benefits of downtown’s ongoing revitalization. This session will explore the theory of biking for opportunity, traditional city planning, and connecting assets through sustainable infrastructure creating positive gains in affordable housing, sales tax returns, and public health.

2:45pm – 3:30pm: Keynote + Workshop
Keynote Speaker | Ariana Pernice, Vice President, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Visitor & Convention Bureau

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Implementation Workshop – Amy Johnson, Palmetto Cycling Coalition + Elliott Caldwell, Georgia Bikes.
Summary: Amy and Elliott will lead an interactive session to brainstorm the best of the best bike advocacy ideas and then help you figure out how implement these ideas at home, or in your region. Arrive at the this workshop after hearing many sessions – discovering what’s working and how they made it happen – and then engage in a brainstorming session with all attendees, facilitated by Amy and Elliott. At the end of the workshop, you’ll understand good bike advocacy on a deeper level, and you’ll leave knowing what you can implement at home.
PLUS! Vote for the Do-Over- Session. What breakout did you miss?
We’ll be bringing back the top three for an additional breakout sessions on Saturday morning!

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Beachside Cocktail Reception

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Sunset to Night Beach Bike Ride with Docents from Coastal Discovery Museum.
Reminder! All registrants will receive a free beach bike rental & helmet courtesy of Hilton Head Bicycling Company.
Summary: Immerse yourself in the postcard-worthy wonder of a Hilton Head Island sunset on the beach during an early evening bike ride led by Coastal Discovery Museum docents. As you ride and soak up the beauty, your guides will discuss our ever-changing marine environment and answer your questions about the many creatures that call our beaches and oceans home. This ride is perfect for those who are interested in ecological tourism!

9:00pm – 10:00pm S’mores & Bonfire Beach Party at The Beach House!

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

7:00am – 7:45am: Sunrise Bike Ride led by Hilton Head Island Bicycle Advisory Committee Volunteers

7:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast

8:00am – 8:45am: The Do-Over-Session – What did you miss yesterday you want to see today?

9:00am – 10:00am: “Tying It All Together Trends & Takeaways” Keynote Speaker | Brent Buice, South Carolina & Georgia Coordinator, East Coast Greenway

10:00am – 10:30am: Wrap Up & Business Card Exchange

11:30am: Ride to Wingfest
Event Summary: One of the most popular festivals on Hilton Head Island and now in its 23rd year, Wingfest is a celebration of community with bands, beer and chicken wings! Held outdoors at the Waterfront Shelter Cove Community Park, all symposium attendees receive one ticket to Wingfest with their registration.

Additional Wingfest tickets may be purchased here.

Now, how do you get there? Two options…
1:00pm – Ride With Chris Butler! Bring Your Road Bike!
Join former professional cyclist Chris Butler, and local Hilton Head Island cyclists on a 30 mile bike ride through some of the Island’s most beautiful areas. This ride is recommended for experienced riders (18-20 mph road bikes) only. This ride will make a stop at Wingfest.
Please note: Because of space, this ride is limited to the first 40 symposium attendees who sign up.
OR
11:30am – Community Fun on the Hilton Head Island Leisure Pathways!
Special thanks to Kickin Asphalt Bike Club for sponsoring this escorted leisure ride to Wingfest. Flat and casual, this ride will arrive at Wingfest around noon.

*Please note: Agenda and all rides are subject to change. All registrants will receive a free beach bike rental & helmet courtesy of Hilton Head Bicycling Company.

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