The second meeting of the Bike Business Forum went off today with about 40 members of the business community– representing companies from Adobe to Vulcan– participating. What do business leaders and bicycling have in common? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit more than can be squeezed into a two hour meeting.
Fresh from National Bike Summit in D.C., Chuck Ayers gave a sense of the national scene and what’s most relevant to our business community. I gave the local scene round-up, noting some of our work (from Bike Month to Southeast Seattle Bikes), with Google’s Shannon Guymon jumping in to show off their great new tool that I’ve blogged about here.
The bulk of the show was carried by the Seattle City Council Bike Caucus, comprised of Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Sally Bagshaw and Tom Rasmussen, who took some pretty solid stances on pushing bicycling in the region (O’Brien stating that he’d love to see– and push for– a cycletrack on Westlake!). A well-informed crowd asked questions about parking, funding and regional and state policies and we went a little over (of course: I was moderating) due to a great, productive conversation.
A big thanks to all the participants and to the Councilmembers for a great meeting. We look forward to continuing to working together to move our agenda for a livable, sustainable and bikeable region.