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Georgia Bikes Summit Goes Virtual for 2020

The Brown Bike Girl is Keynote Speaker.

Elliott Caldwell, the Executive Director of the statewide advocacy group Georgia Bikes! is filled with both excitement and enthusiasm at the thought of having the 11th Annual Georgia Bikes Summit to be a completely virtual event for 2020.   While he’ll miss the opportunity for camaraderie that is a staple of prior Summits, as well as the networking with fellow advocates from around the state, the challenges of putting on an event with this many people were too many to even consider a live event.

“I love that the Summit brings people together from around the State of Georgia and gives us a chance to get to know each other and exchange ideas, and while I’ll miss that about having to go virtual this year, we’re going to do as much as we can to try to recreate that experience” said Caldwell. 

Georgia Bikes! Annual Summit  

Each year, the Summit is held in a different part of Georgia to showcase bike communities all around the state.  In recent years, the Summit has been held in Downtown Atlanta on the campus of Georgia State University, Milledgeville, Athens and Jekyll Island.  Prior to the Pandemic, the 2020 Summit was scheduled to take place in Carrollton, an LAB Bicycle Friendly City and home to the recently completed Carrollton Greenway.  Caldwell said  “we were hoping to showcase the great City of Carrollton so people could see for themselves how a municipality’s commitment to cycling can transform a community, but hopefully we can do that next time.” 

Georgia Bikes Speaker

While the virtual format prevents in person attendance, one of the upshots is that it allowed Georgia Bikes to reach out to speakers from around the USA to participate.   Caldwell is very excited to have Courtney Williams, aka The Brown Bike Girl as Keynote Speaker for the 2020 Summit.   Ms. Williams, who is based in New York City, is a national leader in bicycle advocacy.   The timing of her presentation couldn’t be more appropriate, as the convergence of bicycling in urban areas has grown at a time when social issues relevant to civil rights are at the top of everyone’s mind.   This is a pivotal time for cycling and equity, and Courtney Williams is the perfect speaker to address those topics and more.

Please plan on being a part of the 2020 Georgia Bikes Virtual Summit September  17-19, 2020.   It’s a FREE event and you can register here.   

Support Georgia Bikes!

Bike Law Georgia loves the work that Georgia Bikes does and we’re big supporters.   If you’re so inclined, please also consider supporting Georgia Bikes.    As the only Statewide advocacy group in Georgia, your contribution will go a long way towards improving the quality of life for cyclists all around the state. You can donate here.

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