April 17, 2018
Over 150 tourism and transit stakeholders attended the Bikes, Bus, Beach + Brevard Summit on January 25, 2018 at the Radisson Resort at the Port on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
The City of Cape Canaveral’s Economic Development Director, Todd Morley, kicked off the interactive summit by sharing the City’s approach to sustainability and economic development. Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield addressed the overall state of tourism and transit across the county. Zagster’s Aviva Manin unveiled the new Space Coast Bikeshare program. reThink Your Commute Program Manager Courtney Reynolds presented the “Cycling Savvy Lite” curriculum, which focuses on laws, tactics, and techniques of safe cycling. Interim Assistant County Manager Jim Liesenfelt discussed the technological advancements that lie ahead for Space Coast Area Transit. Eric Garvey, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, unveiled the innovative “smart park” concept slated for Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach. Transit One, the volunteer-based Council for Transit Advocacy, was a key organizer of the event.
The highlight of the jam-packed Brevard Transit Summit was keynote speaker Andrew Evans, National Geographic Travel Journalist and TV Host. As a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler and its first Digital Nomad, Evans spent five years sharing his adventures online in real-time via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. To date, Evans has completed over 40 assignments for the National Geographic, spanning all seven continents and five oceans. He gained a worldwide following when he made his epic overland journey from National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., all the way to Antarctica, by bus—a 12,000-mile journey.