Program Director, Laura Koch, joins 9 other bicycle advocacy organizations in 4-day training

This past week, our Program Director Laura Koch attended a four day Training for Trainers – Small Group Facilitation training, hosted by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Laura joined nine other participants from bicycle advocacy organizations across the United States, including Livable Streets Alliance (Boston, MA), Alliance for Biking and Walking (Washington DC), Bicycle Transportation Alliance, (Portland, OR), Bicycle Alliance of Washington (Seattle, WA), Commute Options (Bend, Oregon), and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Rob Sadowsky facilitated the training and put the group to task to design a tailored training for the Community Cycling Center’s manager team on Thursday.

Hamzat Sani, a professed ‘bikeaholic’ from Atlanta, felt lucky to be in Portland on one of the most beautiful sunny weeks and in time to see Bike Craft in full swing.  Atlanta may not be the bicycle mecca (yet) that Portland is, but Hamzat, who was only two weeks on the job, has incredible ideas for how to reach diverse audiences through bicycling in his city. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition already leads monthly rides to help build community among bicyclists and is looking at Red Bike and Green in Oakland as an inspiration for what is possible.

“This training gave me real hands on experience with a facilitation technique that will help us get more from our team and community meetings,” Laura said. “Plus it was great to get to know folks doing similar work across the United States. We have so much to learn from each other.”

Photo by Rob Sadowsky

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