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Friday, September 15


Panel - Bike Based Tourism is Driving Economic Growth in New York State
Limited Capacity seats available

Bicycling is a major economic driver for many communities. Bike based tourism is a major growth opportunity for communities across the state and making communities more bike friendly can help to promote small businesses, diversify local economies, and improve nearby property values. In this session, we’ll examine the specific needs and traits of bicycle tourists, destination development and marketing, bike friendly businesses, and more.

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Marty Buchman

Co-Proprietor, Stony Brookside Bed and Bike Inn
Marty Buchman along with his wife, Elyse, opened The Stony Brookside as the first Inn on Long Island dedicated to cyclists and cycle touring. Together, they provide visitors customized tours of the historic North Shore of Long Island and points east. After each days ride, you return to the comfort of the Inn to enjoy a craft beer or glass of local... Read More →
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William Sweitzer

Deputy Director, Public Affairs Office, New York State Canal Corporation
Bill joined the Canal Corporation’s Public Affairs Office in February of 2012, serving as Deputy Director. For the past three years he has led the Canal Corporation’s marketing program and spearheaded community outreach efforts across the state’s Canal corridor. Bill has an... Read More →
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Tim Weidemann

Senior Economic Developer, Ulster County Executive's Office
Tim Weidemann has lived in the Hudson Valley for most of the past 20 years, attending the Storm KingSchool and SUNY New Paltz, where he received a Bachelor’s degree with University Honors in Philosophyand Religious Studies. While in New Paltz, Tim began working as a consultant to... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am


Panel - Erie Canal, Empire State Trail and the Future of New York's Trail System
Limited Capacity seats available

During his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced plans for the Empire State Trail. This will include 350 miles of new trails across the state that will complete a 750-mile trail network, the largest in the nation, by 2020. This is obviously a game changer for recreational cycling in New York and we couldn’t be more excited for it. In this session, we will examine who the major players are in completing the Empire State Trail, what their role is in completing the network, what their current plans look like, and the opportunities and challenges they will face.

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Andy Beers

Director, Empire State Trail
Andy was appointed Director of the Empire State Trail in May, 2017.  He is responsible for overseeing Governor Cuomo’s initiative to develop a 750-mile bicycling and pedestrian trail from NYC to Canada and Buffalo to Albany.  Andy served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for... Read More →
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John Joyce

Director of Policy & Program Development, New York State Canal Corporation
John Joyce was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the New York State Canal Corporation in August, 2011. He oversees the Canal Corporation’s Marketing and Trails programs. Prior to his tenure at the Canal Corporation, he spent ten years in the New York State Assembly.

Friday September 15, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm


Panel - Mountain Biking in New York State - A Growth Opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

New York State is primed to become a world class destination for mountain biking. A wide variety of terrains and conditions give New York everything mountain bikers look for in a destination. In this session, we will explore the opportunities for growth of mountain bike tourism industry in NYS. Panelists will share best practices for building relationships between mountain bikers and community officials, planners, advocates, and the tourism industry. Learn what makes mountain biking unique from other biking initiatives, and how to best grow mountain biking as a tourism opportunity in our local communities all over the state. Let’s get New Yorkers hitting the trails!

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Heather D. Bagshaw

Marketing Manager, Greene County Tourism
Heather Bagshaw joined Greene County Tourism in February of 2013.  She has an extensive marketing background with over 20 years’ experience in the advertising, marketing and strategic planning.  She manages the Greene County Visitor Center and staff, administers the Great Northern... Read More →
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Anthony Duncan

Atlantic Region Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Anthony Duncan is the Atlantic Region Director for IMBA where he helps IMBA chapters protect and expand mountain biking opportunities throughout the region by connecting them with land managers and educating communities on the benefits of mountain biking and trail stewardship.
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Lori Torgersen

Lori has worked for the State of New York for well over a decade across several criminal justice and human service agencies including the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Office of Mental Health.  Lori has demonstrated... Read More →
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Josh Wilson

Executive Director, Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA)
Josh is the Executive Director of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA).  As a founding member of BETA, Josh has been involved in mountain bike and ski trail stewardship and advocacy in the Adirondacks since 2009.   He served as the Executive Director of the New York Bicycling Coalition... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm


Workshop - Completing the Empire State Trail with Alta Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

During his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced plans for the Empire State Trail. This will include 350 miles of new trails across the state that will complete a 750-mile trail network, the largest in the nation, by 2020. This is obviously a game changer for recreational cycling in New York and we couldn’t be more excited for it. In this workshop, we invite planners, advocates and professionals attending the summit to help identify the opportunities and challenges that will arise while completing this trail network. With everyone who is attending’s collective knowledge and experience regarding all things bicycling, this workshop provides a real opportunity for cooperation from agencies and organizations across the state to make the Empire State Trail the best network possible.

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Jeff Olson

Principal, Alta Planning + Design
Jeff Olson is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 25 years. He has had a diverse career with national, international, and local experience in the public, private, and non-profit... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 4:15pm


Panel - Environmental - Advancing Green Transportation in New York State
Limited Capacity seats available

Communities all over the state are searching for ways to become more sustainable. The bicycle is a tool that fills multiple needs in the never-ending quest towards sustainability. Whether it is green transportation, eco-tourism, or even bike based public services such as park maintenance – there is an opportunity for bicycles to be a solution. As Billy Nye once said: “There is no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle. A bowl of oatmeal, 30 miles, you can’t come close to that.” In this session, we will examine the many roles of the bicycle as green technology.


James Levy

Principal, Planning4Places, LLC
In 2013, James Levy, AICP, joined Planning4Places helping to grow our transportation and land use planning practice. James has 19 years experience in both transportation and land use planning. He has worked with MPOs, DOTs, and municipalities on corridor planning, statewide planning... Read More →
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Mark Lowery

Climate Policy Analyst, NYS DEC
A 29-year veteran of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Mark Lowery has served as a climate policy analyst in DEC’s Office of Climate Change since its formation in 2007. He previously worked as a senior wildlife biologist, regional citizen participation... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm