WROC-TV (Channel 8) previews the Greenway Greenride and Bike Summit taking place at Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 24.
Rochester is known for a lot of things, but how about being the bicycle capital of the world?
Cycling could help problems like obesity, and solving problems like that are the point of this weekend's Greenway Greenride and Bike summit. The conference at RIT will begin with a bike ride downtown, but that wont be all.
"Some city planners and some bicycle experts from the region tackling a number of developments, which could turn, strange to say, Rochester, into a world capital of recreational bicycling," said RIT professor Jon Schull.
Schull says we're not far off, since Rochester already has a wide network of trials.
"There are several trails that have taken different portions of what use to be a railway line," said Schull.
Currently, there is more than five miles of bike trails. In preparation for the green conference, RIT students and faculty have begun creating experimental electric bikes that would be ideal for those trials.
RIT estimates that 60% of car trips are less than a mile. They say if they could just get people to bike instead of drive, their lives would be healthier.
"One of the things that we are doing is developing the notion that with canopies or snowblowers or bike tubes, you can make a year around transit way for bikes," said Schull.
The conference begins on Saturday. They're expecting between 100 to 300 cyclists.
Date Added: October 23rd, 2009