by Robb Davis
In March the City of Davis has the unique opportunity of hosting a delegation from Harrisonburg, VA who are coming to our town to learn about our bicycle infrastructure and culture in order to promote bicycling in their town. The delegation is made up of elected officials, city employees and bicycle advocates.
The visitors will be arriving on 3 March late in the evening and will be visiting with us Thursday the 4th through Saturday 6 March. This is who is confirmed so far:
- Kai Degner – Mayor of Harrisonburg
- MuAwia Awad DaMes – City Employee, City Planning
- Thanh Ha Dang – City Employee, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator
- Thomas Jenkins – Owner of the Shenandoah Bike Shop, avid biker and leader in the Harrisonburg Bike Coalition
- Lara Mack – Member of the bike coalition, owner/employer at the “Little Grill Restaurant” a “collectively owned” local restaurant and member of the local Voluntary Tax group (this group voluntarily taxes itself for every mile driven in a car and uses the money to fund various activities including some bike coalition activities)
- Paulette Moore – a documentary film maker who would love to come and film the visit and what is happening vis-a-vis biking in Davis.
They will have a chance to bike around Davis (city and campus) to get a sense of the infrastructure, projects and other things that make Davis “bicycle friendly) and hold meetings with key city employees, elected officials and others knowledgeable of transportation and bicycling issues. We also hope they will meet with Davis Bike Collective acolytes/ministers/etc. and learn about the evolution of Bike Collective. We hope to have a potluck dinner on Friday evening at which community members can informally meet the visitors and during which we can exchange “learnings” not just about biking but about other initiatives of interest in our communities. We are also hoping to make a visit to Sacramento with to see how that city has “retrofitted” streets to make them more bike friendly and to talk to bike advocates there.
Contact Robb Davis at email@example.com for more information or if you have ideas about other things this group should see or do. Davis Bicycles! is doing all the local organizing for this visit and it is a pretty cool “grass roots” effort.