MOVING FORWARD: An Active Transportation Symposium

MOVING FORWARD is a three-day opportunity to engage with national experts, fellow students, and community members around innovations in bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, research, and advocacy.

All events are free and open to all in the community — residents, students, faculty, planners, transportation advocates, and public officials. Come, learn, and contribute to the discussion! Event locations are at Ithaca College, Cornell University, and downtown Ithaca.

Thursday, November 18

7 p.m. Mud, Sweat, and Gears

101 Textor Hall, Ithaca College

Tales from the road less pedaled with bestselling author and activist Joe Kurmaskie, a.k.a. The Metal Cowboy

Friday, November 19

12-2 p.m. Moving Forward

301 Barnes Hall, Cornell University

Lectures and panel discussion with leading national active transportation advocates Mia Birk, Jennifer Dill, and Joe Kurmaskie

3:30-5 p.m. Women and Bicycles

Tjaden Gallery, Olive Tjaden Hall, Cornell University
Coffee, tea, and a small group conversation with Mia Birk and Jennifer Dill about women as an "indicator species" for bike-friendly cities (male participants also welcome)

7-10 p.m. Bike to Beer

Bandwagon Brewpub, 114 N. Cayuga St.

Talk with Joe Kurmaskie, the Metal Cowboy, at a downtown Ithaca pub.

Saturday, November 20

10-11:30 a.m. Neighborhood Greenways

Borg Warner Community Room, Tompkins County Library
Join us for bagels in downtown Ithaca. Learn from the author of the definitive guidebook on Bicycle Boulevard planning and design and the researcher behind a groundbreaking study about the role of public infrastructure in encouraging more bicycling for transportation.

Speaker Information

Jennifer Dill is an associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and director of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (ORTEC). Dill’s research interests include the relationship between transportation policy, planning, land use, health, the environment, travel behavior, and transportation finance. She serves at the chair of the ORTEC’s committee on bicycle transportation. Prior to entering academia, Dill worked as an environmental and transportation planner in California. Dill holds a doctorate in city and regional planning from University of California–Berkeley. 

Mia Birk is the chief executive office for Alta Planning and Design, an adjunct professor at Portland State University (PSU), and author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet. In addition to serving as the City of Portland's bicycle program manager, where she led Portland's transformation to the country's most bicycle-friendly city, Birk has worked as an advocate at an international environmental think tank, during which time she worked with cities in developing countries on transportation energy conservation strategies. As a principal and CEO of Alta Planning and Design, she has consulted on hundreds of bicycle and pedestrian planning projects nationwide. She teaches bicycle and pedestrian planning PSU and is the founder of PSU's Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. 

Joe Kurmaskie has been described as David Sedaris trapped in the body of Lance Armstrong. He's a cycling advocate, syndicated columnist, performer, and the bestselling author of five books including Metal Cowboy, Mud, Sweat and Gears, and Momentum Is Your Friend. When he's not rallying against 12-lane bridge projects or being chased through Botswana by 12,000-pound elephants for charity, he's rolling out projects such as Cadence Press, which published Joyride: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet by active transportation pioneer Mia Birk.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council
  • Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Organization of Cornell Planners
  • Cornell Graduate and Professional Student Association
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Ithaca College Sustainability Initiative
  • Cornell Student Assembly Financial Committee

And supported by:

  • Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Cornell Women’s Planning Forum


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