One of the goals of the GreeNR Sustainability Plan recently approved by City Council is to facilitate and encourage the use of sustainable transportation options, including walking and bicycling. Less reliance on cars translates into energy savings, reduced roadway congestion, improved air quality, and enhanced physical fitness, so there are many good reasons to re-think outdated transportation models.

In this spirit, New Rochelle has the pleasure of hosting the third annual Westchester Bike Summit, a free event to support and encourage biking.

This Thursday, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, town planners and cycling advocates will meet at New Rochelle City Hall to discuss a variety of ways to make bicycling safer and more convenient.  Options include green-ways, standalone bike lanes, share-the-road campaigns and safe biking education. I look forward to welcoming the attendees and hope to pick up some valuable information about how road projects can better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

If you’re interested in attending, please register for the event. There is also a group bike ride to the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx preceding the event, and a reception following the summit at the Gnarly Vine, 501 Main Street. (Please click those links for more information.)