For Immediate Release
Conference to Tackle Access Issues for Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Disabled Persons
Awards program recognizes activists' contributions
Trent Lethco, Local Host Committee
Kathryn Hughes, Local Host Committee
OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 13, 2003...Recent reports in the media have highlighted the
increasing girth of Americans as well as the decline in numbers of children walking to school.
Addressing these issues and other related topics is the first statewide conference devoted to walking
and bicycling, which will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, 1001 Broadway, Wednesday,
Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 17, 2003.
Walk/Bike California 2003 will bring together over 200 advocates, community members and professionals
from planning, public safety, public health and other disciplines to discuss ways to encourage walking
and bicycling, address the significant mobility issues faced by pedestrians and bicyclists and suggest
ways to create more vibrant communities and safer streets. In addition, the conference will highlight
how to improve access for the disabled and for seniors, the fastest growing segment of our population.
Panel topics include "Healthy Choices for Healthy Children," "Lessons from Europe," "Women and Wheels"
and "New Public Health Strategies to Promote Walking and Bicycling." Featured speakers include state
Sen. Tom Torlakson; Charles Gandy, former Texas legislator and expert in community design and bicycle
and pedestrian advocacy; and Katie Alvord, author of "Divorce Your Car! Ending the Love Affair With the
At noon on Thursday, Oct. 16, Caltrans Director Jeff Morales will present the Caltrans Pedestrian
Safety Task Force awards, and that evening at 6 p.m. at the Oakland Museum, conference organizers will
present the Stride and Ride Awards, honoring Bay Area individuals for their outstanding efforts to
improve access and conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and the disabled/seniors.
Alex Zuckermann, one of the founders of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition,
leader of the Regional Bicycle Advocacy Coalition, and member of the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission (MTC) Advisory Council, will receive a special award — State Assembly Concurrent
Resolution No. 39 designating the bicycle-pedestrian path on the proposed new eastbound deck of the Bay
Bridge as the Alex Zuckermann Bicycle-Pedestrian Path. First proposed by MTC — the transportation
planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and one of the
co-sponsors of Walk/Bike California 2003 — the resolution acknowledges Zuckermann’s key
role in the final decision to include a bicycle/pedestrian path on the new bridge.
Recipients of the Stride and Ride Awards include:
- Nate Miley, Alameda County supervisor, for his leadership in support of pedestrian advocacy,
safety and action;
- Robert Raburn, Ph.D., executive director of the nonprofit East Bay Bicycle Coalition, for
helping to make the Bay Area a much safer place to bicycle;
- Sue Hodges, member of the Oakland Mayor’s Commission on Persons With Disabilities, for
her efforts to improve accessibility in the city of Oakland and in Alameda County as whole.
For more information and an exact schedule of events and presentations, visit the conference Web
site at <www.walkbikecalifornia.net>.
Note to editors: Please check in at the information table in the Jewett
Ballroom Foyer, 1st floor, and pick up your press ribbon and press packet.
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