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Utah Bike Summit set for Provo on Friday

By Beky Beaton-Daily Herald - | Apr 7, 2015

PROVO–The seventh annual Utah Bike Summit will be held Friday to gather citizens, riders, cycling advocates, government officials, tourism and health representatives, and Utah’s bike brands to discuss, plan, and promote efforts to make Utah the most bike-friendly state in the country.

The Summit will take place at the Provo Library at Academy Square and is open to the public.

This year’s keynote speaker is Gary Fisher, a dedicated bicycle advocate and one of the “founding fathers of mountain biking.”

He is also credited with developing some of the most important mountain bike innovations, including drum brakes, triple chainrings, motorcycle-style brake levers and 29-inch wheels.

The theme of the 2015 Summit is “Two Wheels, One Love.” This year’s program includes presentations that address topics relevant to people that ride bicycles for both transportation and recreation.

The afternoon agenda is packed with breakout sessions that include topics such as e-bikes in Utah and how they increase ridership, promoting on-road bicycle safety, and creating a bicycle friendly ecosystem.

A post-summit reception closes out the day’s activities at The Underground Social Hall in Provo.

“Every year we strive to make the Utah Bike Summit an event that is even more interesting and relevant for all types of people who ride bicycles and those who want to capitalize on how bicycling can improve the air quality, livability, and personal health for all Utahns,” said Phil Sarnoff, executive director of Bike Utah.

“We hope attendees will be inspired and return to their communities with information and new skills to work with their friends, co-workers, families, and government officials in supporting efforts to get more people on bicycles,” he said.

More information about the Utah Bike Summit and to register to attend, go to www.bikeutah.org/2015summit.

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