Rails-to-Trails Conservancy VP, Trailnet CEO headline Missouri Active Transportation Summit August 11th

Liz Thorstensen, Vice-President of Trail Development with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, DC, and Trailnet CEO Ralph Pfremmer are the headline speakers for the second annual Missouri Active Transportation Summit in Jefferson City on Friday, August 11th, 2017.

Find out more or register for the 2017 Missouri Active Transportation Summit here

The Summit  is an excellent opportunity for city and agency staff, organizations that support bicycling, walking, and trails, and citizens who want better walking, bicycling, and trails in their communities to gather together and learn from each other--and from our nationally recognized headline speakers.

The Summit runs 9:30am-5:00pm on Friday, August 11th.  Registration is just $20--we have been able to keep costs low thanks to generous support  from the Jefferson City and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Nationally recognized Keynote and Plenary speakers

Ms. Thorstensen will draw from her deep experience in trail development and tourism across the U.S. and the world to speak on the topic, "Bicycling, Walking, and Trails Mean Business in Missouri". 

Mr. Pfremmer will bring St. Louis-based Trailnet's experience to bear in developing community support for a more equitable transportation system in his keynote address, "Walking and Biking: Trailnet's actionable plan for equitable mobility."

The best of bicycling, walking, and trails in Missouri communities and organizations

In addition, the Summit features a wide array of the best of Missouri communities and organizations working for better bicycling, walking, and trails sharing their experiences in building trail towns, working to increase trail and non-motorized tourism, working for Complete Streets, and generally working for Active Transportation in their communities.

Trailnet CEO Ralph Pfremmer, Summit Keynote Speaker
Trailnet CEO Ralph Pfremmer, Summit Keynote Speaker

The Summit concludes with  hands-on walking and bicycling tours of Jefferson City, which has been working for several years to improve its walking and bicycling systems to connect the downtown and capitol areas with the rest of the city and the nearby Katy and Rock Island Trails

Communities represented range from the largest Missouri cities to the smallest rural communities and regional planning organizations.

Rock Island Trail Rally at the Capitol, 8:30am August 11th

MoBikeFed, the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are planning a rally in support of the Rock Island Trail on Friday, August 11th, at 8:00am on the Capitol South Steps, Jefferson City.

Rally participants will gather at 8:00am to receive an "I Love Rock Island Trail" tshirt and starting at 8:30am will hear speeches in support of the Rock Island Trail from community leaders of Rock Island Communities.

The Rally is not an official part of the Summit, but is planned in conjuction with the Summit by the three organizations listed above, who support the Rock Island Trail.  Governor Greitens and Missouri State Parks will be deciding the fate of the Rock Island Trail in the near future.  More information here.

 2017 Missouri Active Transportation Summit

Find the full list of sessions, presenters, and other Summit details here

Register for the 2017 Summit here.  Register early--registration is limited.