Cycling Enthusiasts to Converge in Titusville
All trails lead to Titusville in March…
A trifecta of cycling activities is shaping up to take place in historic downtown Titusville the week of March 16, bringing outdoor enthusiasts from all over the state and from across the country.
Bike Florida (www.bikeflorida.org) whose mission is to help Florida communities improve their economic health, bicycle infrastructure, and safety through bicycle tourism, has been tasked by VisitFlorida to hold the first statewide cycling tourism summit. Fortunately, they chose Titusville as their first location of this annual event. Bike Florida has hosted a few events already in Titusville, and has been an active partner in helping develop our bicycle infrastructure.
The March 18 conference will be based at the Titusville Playhouse.
The following day, Titusville Playhouse again will be the host location for the stakeholders from the five-county region that encompasses the St. Johns River to Sea Loop. Each year, the Loop Alliance (www.river2sealoop.org) convenes a summit to discuss both progress and challenges, and leaves with inspiration to complete and sustain the 260-mile developing multi-use trail system. Previous events have been held in Volusia County, but when the opportunity presented itself, a team from the Titusville Chamber, City of Titusville, and Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization submitted a bid to host the event. The full day of activities will include an opportunity for attendees to enjoy a walk or ride on the trail during the scheduled lunch break.
A highlight of both of the above events is the keynote speaker, Mr. Dan Burden. The director of innovation and inspiration at Blue Zones (www.bluezones.com) also is cofounder and former executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC). He has spent more than 40 years helping to get the world “back on its feet” and has been recognized with lifetime achievement awards, and was designated by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.” Although he is headlining both events, his subject matter and presentation will be tailored to each audience, so participants who attend both events will benefit doubly from his extensive experience.
The Summit activities will continue on March 19 with a half-day planning workshop, led by the Office of Greenways and Trails (www.floridadep.gov/parks/ogt). The purpose of this session is to develop measurable action steps and build consensus on the most important challenges ahead for the loop trail.
Finally, on March 21, the Titusville Chamber will host “Gear Up, Ride It Down 2,” the annual community trail ride. With distances for all fitness levels and ages, this ride is open to everyone and is intended to build awareness of the trails in the community and encourage usage to promote the benefits of alternative methods of transportation, including a healthier, more connected community.
All three events are open to the public, and there are sponsorship opportunities available. More information can be found on the Titusville Chamber website, www.titusville.org. Or call 321-267-3036.
Marcia Gaedcke is president of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime resident of Titusville and Brevard County. She is a passionate leader and a serial volunteer, concerned about the future of our community and economy, and is willing to roll up her sleeves and work for the betterment of Brevard.
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