The Third Annual Bike Summit, a yearly event the City of Bloomington holds to bring the local bicycle community together, takes place this Saturday. This year’s Summit will focus on education. Vince Caristo, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Bloomington says they’re trying to raise awareness about the Civil Streets Initiative.
“We need help and participation to get the message out about safety and common courtesy in our streets, our largest public space,” Caristo says.
The city says its goal for the Bike Summit is to improve safety, and to reduce the frustrations and unsafe behaviors that lead to crashes.
“First of all, as more and more people walk and bike in the community, there are a lot of questions about the rights and responsibilities of people in the street and we want to address that,” Caristo says, “Secondly, we want to improve safety in the community. Every year there are about 12,000 crashes in the city and Monroe County and maintaining safe transportation system is always a goal for the city.”
The event begins at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Bloomington City Hall, in the Council Chambers.