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The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), held in Indianapolis Feb. 27 – Mar 1, will host a Winning Campaigns Training program by the Thunderhead Alliance for Bicycling and Walking and sponsored by the Indiana Bicycle Coalition.

The program is designed to give attendees greater knowledge on how to choose appropriate advocacy issues, set goals and strategies, work with community leaders, use public relations, raise money and measure success of their local programs.  The Winning Campaigns Training uses methods designed and tested over the years by Thunderhead, considered one of the most prominent bicycling advocacy training in North America.

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This addition to NAHBS activities reflects a commitment by the show to promote and develop cycling opportunities for everybody, focusing not only on the high-end handmade sector.

Show founder and director, Don Walker, said, “The NAHBS has always been about growing the market. And we know that creating safer, more efficient cycling routes has proved every time to encourage more cyclists, so I am delighted that we are able to partner with the Thunderhead Alliance and Indiana Bicycle Coalition to provide what we believe will be a very significant weekend for cycling in the Midwest.”

Jeff Miller, president of the Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking, said, “The Winning Campaigns Training will help equip local and statewide bike advocates with the skills and tools to help make Indiana a better place to bicycle.” He added, “We look forward to working with the Indiana Bicycle Coalition and are very excited about this unique and fun venue with the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to work with many bicycle advocates and community leaders.”
Nancy Tibbett of the Indiana Bicycle Coalition said, “The workshop offers a great opportunity for both bicycle and pedestrian advocates to gain momentum, excitement, and training on programs and plans for 2009. The Indiana Bicycle Coalition is excited to partner with both the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and Thunderhead Alliance to bring this world-class training event to Indianapolis.”

The times and dates of the three-day training are:

  • Friday 27th February, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 28th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday 1st March, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Thanks to sponsorship by Bikes Belong and Cannondale Sports Group, admission to the training is only $50.00. On Friday evening, all participants in the Thunderhead Alliance training are invited to a social function with the frame builders at 7 p.m.

The training’s schedule is designed to permit out-of-workshop activities, and participants are encouraged to take advantage of a complimentary entry offer to the NAHBS show hall. Online registration is now open at: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/site/index.php/site/EventRegistration

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