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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cycling summit coming to Springfield []

After the Miami Valley Cycling Summit in Dayton in 2009, the city saw increased activity downtown and near the University of Dayton campus, and Dayton was designated a bike friendly community.
The one-day event comes to Springfield for the first time May 31, and organizers say area leaders could get some ideas that could help turn cycling into an economic resource.
“It’s a great showcase for the city of Springfield. It’s not only a chance to show some of our new infrastructure and amenities, it’s also an opportunity to draw a line so people can see the value of cycling,” said Chris Schutte, director of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The summit is expected to draw about 400 people and will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center, 100 S. Fountain Ave.
Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Planner Louis Agresta said the event is expected to attract people from the Miami Valley as well as Columbus and Cincinnati.
“I’m optimistic that this is going to be the most well attended (cycling summit) yet,” Agresta.
Agresta said Springfield currently has about five bike racks downtown, but the Center City Association has discussed adding more.


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