As has been mentioned plenty of times before on this blog, we’re on the backside of winter and spring is just a few weeks away. It’s hard to ride your bike during the winter. There’s snow everywhere, the wind is face numbing (especially when biking at 15 miles an hour through downtown Indianapolis), and if you don’t have a fender slush is free to make lovely lines up and down your back. But Central Indiana has been experiencing a thaw for the past few days. Snow has been melting in droves, ice is washing away, and the streets, sidewalks, and, more importantly, the biking trails around Indianapolis are once again becoming navigable. Soon it’ll be time to take that old bike out of your closet, grease the chains, tighten the brakes, air up the tires, and get rolling through the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Monon Trail.
But biking isn’t limited to residents of the Circle City and other urban areas. A bike can be a valuable tool for anyone in the United States, and more and more programs are trying to make the country a more bike friendly place to live. Among these two wheeled champions is Jim Sayer, the Executive Director of the Adventure Bicycling Association. Sayer will be giving a lecture entitled Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There at the Central Library in Indy on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, and it’s free for bike enthusiasts everywhere.
|Promotional video for the Central Indiana Biking Association Lecture Series at the Central Library in Indianapolis; the second installment will be Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There by Jim Sayer on February 16, 2011|
Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There is part of the Central Indiana Bicycling Association Lecture Series. The Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) is a bike advocacy group with an over forty year history. The Indianapolis non-profit organization hosts bike races, is involved in bicycle advocacy, and is behind bike initiatives in Indianapolis and beyond. Some of their more famous rides include the Hilly Hundred and the Grand Touring Ride, and they’ve been striving to connect riders and promote self sufficient transportation in the Central Indiana region since 1965. Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There isn’t the first Indianapolis event in the CIBA Lecture Series, but you don’t need to know the whole history of the organization to enjoy the free lecture.
Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There will be presented by Jim Sayer, the Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association. The Adventure Cycling Assocation (ACA) is one of the premiere bike riding organizations in the United States, with over 44,000 members. The organization is behind Adventure Cyclist magazine, the Cyclists’ Yellow Pages, comprehensive cycling maps through the Adventure Cycling Route Network, and, like the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, a number of bike advocacy projects. Sayer has been the executive director of the organization since 2004, but he had been biking around the world for many years before that. The former president of the Sierra Business Council and director of the Greenbelt Alliance, Jim Sayer is also on the board for America Bikes and a founding member of the Bike/Walk Alliance of Missoula.
|Promotional video for the Adventure Cycling Association, whose Executive Director, Jim Sayer, will be presenting Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There in Indianapolis|
According to the CIBA website, Sayer “is the ‘man in the know’ when it comes to all things cycling (and social and “green” issues, too).” Far from your everyday bike enthusiast, Jim Sayer connects the dots between fossil fuel emissions, obesity, and bike riding. An advocate for bike friendly city planning, Sayer believes increased bicycle use is the key to cutting down our impact on the Earth. In an article posted on ActiveLiving.org (here), Sayer “cites data from the 1995 National Personal Transportation Survey, indicating that roughly half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less. By his calculations, making just half of those short trips by bicycle instead of by car would save about 24 billion gallons of gas in a year.” Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There will focus on a variety of topics, from the need for a national bike network in the United States to the plethora of beautiful bike travel opportunities available all over the world.
If you enjoyed Any Port in the Storm: The Cycling Adventures of Willie Weir (which took place at the Central Library last month), you’ll learn a lot from attending Where Are You Going and How You Can Get There, a lecture by the Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association, Jim Sayer. Hosted by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Where Are You Going and How You Can Get There will be an educational look at the state of biking in America and what you can do to make Indianapolis more friendly to our two wheeled friends. This Indianapolis event takes place on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 and is part of the CIBA Lecture Series. Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There is absolutely free for all Indianapolis people, the same price you’d pay to ride a bike to and from work. Educate yourself on the future of cycling at Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There at the Indianapolis Central Library on February 16, 2011!
CIBA Lecture Series Presents Where Are You Going and How Can You Get There
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.