Southern Utah Bike Summit to unite cyclists, liaise with governments and planners

Cyclists in Salt to Saint Relay outside Kanab, Utah, Sept. 22, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, Image composite by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance will be holding its first Southern Utah Bike Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in St. George.

Cycling in Southern Utah has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, from casual recreational cyclists to serious racers to elite IronMan competitors. However, in spite of this growth there has not been a unified voice to speak up for the needs and interests of local cyclists or to serve as a resource to municipalities when planning cycling facilities or events.

That has now changed with the formation of the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance. The mission of SUBA is to promote the infrastructure, policies, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge necessary to make bicycling safe, convenient and inviting for residents of and visitors to Southern Utah.

One of SUBA’s first priorities is the Southern Utah Bike Summit. The Summit is designed to bring together planners, developers, event promoters, health enthusiasts, elected officials and cyclists to discuss the state of cycling in Southern Utah.

Featured speakers at the Summit include Trever Ball, Physical Activity Coordinator for the Utah Department of Health; Tom Dansie, Director of Community Development for the Town of Springdale; Craig Shanklin, President, Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance; Scott Lyttle, Executive Director, Bike Utah; Kevin Lewis, Sports & Adventure Marketing, St. George Area Convention & Tourism Office; Monty Thurber, Engineering Associate, St. George City; Laura Taylor, Park Planning Manager, St. George City; and Locke Ettinger, Director, Dixie Regional’s LiVe Well Center. These experts will address how local communities can reap the economic, health, and transportation benefits of increased bicycling.

The Summit is from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the St. George Library. Cyclists are also invited to attend an Open House and Presentation at Dixie Regional’s LiVe Well Center immediately following the Summit. LiVe Well uses a whole-person approach – body, mind and spirit – to help clients achieve a sustainable quality of life, along with a positive sense of wellbeing. They offer health promotion programs for people of all ages and also serve as a gateway to a long list of services available at the Dixie Regional Hospital – streamlining access to physicians, nurses, therapists, athletic trainers, dietitians, exercise physiologists, social workers, gerontologists and more.

The Summit and Open House are free and open to the public.

Southern Utah Bike Summit

When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: St. George Library, 88 W 100 South, St. George

Dixie Regional’s LiVe Well Center Open HousePresentations & Demonstrations

When: 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Dixie Regional LiVe Well Center, 652 S. Medical Center Drive, St. George

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