PA Suburban Forum 2018

The Suburban Active Transportation Forum 2018 will be a better mobility forum for the Pennsylvania suburbs on Saturday, November 17th, 10am – 3:45pm at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) in Norristown. The event will be an opportunity for Pennsylvania advocates to get in the same room with officials from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as from PennDOT.

Panels will discuss the status of Circuit Trails, improvements to road and sidewalk connectivity for vulnerable road users, bike/ped paradigm shifts at the municipal level, as well as how e-bikes and shared mobility technologies can transform suburban transportation.

Tickets include a full day of programming, coffee & lunch, access to the exhibitor area, e-bike/e-scooter test track, and you’ll be entered to win this SE Draft bike!


Interested exhibitors/sponsors, check out your options here.

Program Agenda 

10am Welcome from Dr. Val Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner Chair

The Circuit, on-road facilities and more: The future of bicycling and walking in Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks Counties
Moderator: Chris Linn, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Planners describe how the Circuit and new facilities, plans and policies are advancing bicycling and walking in the four suburban counties of SE Pennsylvania.

  1. Rich Brahler,  Bucks County Planning Commission
  2. Matt Edmond, Montgomery County Planning Commission
  3. Brian Styche, Chester County Planning Commission
  4. Steve Beckley, Delaware County Planning Department

What does a post-BOP world look like in Southeast PA?
Moderator: Matt Edmond, Montgomery County Planning Commission

Local, state and regional officials discuss the future of suburban bike advocacy after the recent modification of the “Bicycle Occupancy Permit,” which was a hinderance to bike lane implementation.

  1. Jesse Buerk, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  2. Sarah Moran, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  3. Mike Guttman, Kennett Township


Lunch Keynote
Remarks by Yocasta Lora, AARP Pennsylvania, and
Roy Gothie, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Municipalities Leading the Way on Enhancing Biking and Walking
Moderator: Amanda Lozinak, Bike Chester County

Local officials and activists describe how their municipalities find unique ways to build walkable and bikeable suburban communities.

  1. Tom Hylton, Save Our Land Save Our Towns (Pottstown)
  2. Phil Ehlinger, Doylestown Borough
  3. David Shuey, East Goshen Township
  4. Peter Puglionesi, Friends of Haverford Trails

The Changing Dynamics of Suburban Transportation
Moderator: Leonard Bonarek, Bicycle Coalition

Local activists and e-bike users share their experiences with representatives of the Bicycle Coalition as well as Lime, a leading e-mobility provider.

  1. Maggie Gendron, Lime
  2. Bruce Grant, Widener University
  3. Michael Broennle, Bike Chester County
  4. Kimberley Bezak, Narberth Cycling Club

Status of the Circuit Trails Reaching 500 miles by 2025

Sarah Clark Stuart, Bicycle Coalition
Patrick Starr, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Happy Hour 

Conshohocken Brewing, Bridgeport

Title sponsors Lime & AARP; Premium sponsor Pennoni; Demo sponsors Bird and Trophy Bikes; Supporting and Expo sponsors Boles Smyth Associates, Gilmore & Associates, McMahon Associates, MLP Ventures, Michael Baker International, NV5Traffic Planning and Design Inc., Green Mountain Energy, Hybrid Cycles, Junto, and Transportation Management Association of Chester County.

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