2014 Summit Agenda
United Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock
National Bike Summit 2014
March 3-5, 2014
Online registration is now closed. You can register on-site at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 3.
Sunday, March 2
4 - 7 p.m.
Media Training For Bicycle Advocates
Renaissance Hotel: Congressional B
Whether you're showing off a new bike lane, drumming up support for federal bike funding, or calling attention to a safety hazard on your corner, you've got a story to tell about biking. Reporters want to help you tell that story -- but you need to know how to work with them. Or, you can tell that story yourself! Join us for the first-ever National Bike Summit media training -- hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, Streetsblog and Streetfilms -- on Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Renaissance DC (999 9th St NW). Read more and register.
7 – 9 p.m.
We love meeting our readers and bringing together our online community in real life. We’ll be hanging out post-media training at RFD (Regional Food & Drink) in the back bar. We’ll provide some yummy appetizers, and RFD’s full menu of entrees is available if you’ve worked up a serious appetite. RSVP here. RFD back bar, 810 7th St. NW (two blocks from the Summit hotel). $10 at the door gets you a free drink.
Monday, March 3
National Women's Bicycling Forum
8:00am - 4:00pm
8:00am - 5 p.m.
Women Bike Pop-up Shop:
25 female entrepreneurs showcase their bike-related products
8 - 9:30am
Six inspiring women leaders from different sectors and backgrounds share their stories in a dynamic TED-talk format, moderated by Giant Bicycles' GM Elysa Walk. Speakers to include:
- Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain 2 Mountain and Combat Apathy
- Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes
- Kristin Gavin, founder of Gearing Up
- Jill Nickels, Senior Strategist at Gensler
- Dorothy Nichols, National Sales Manager of shebeest
- Beth Gordon, VP of Business Development at Formula 4 Media
9:30 - 10am
Opportunity for structured networking activity or time for Pop-up Shop
10:15 - 11:45am
Winning in Women Bike Advocacy (Congressional A): Learn from successful outreach campaigns, including the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s Women & Bicycles initiative; Women Bike PHL’s Girls Scouts on Wheels program; WE Bike NYC’s “Mujeres en Movimiento” campaign; and Consider Biking’s “Girls in Gear.” Moderated by Caroline Samponaro, Senior Director of Campaigns and Organizing at Transportation Alternatives, speakers will include:
- Nelle Pierson, Outreach Coordinator for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association;
- Katie Monroe, founder of Women Bike PHL at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia;
- Liz Jose, founder of WE Bike NYC; and
- Jessica Mathews, Outreach Coordinator for Consider Biking
The Power of Storytelling to Engage more Women in Bicycling (Congressional B): Successful storytelling is critical to engage more women in riding bicycles. In this session discover through compelling, real-life examples how the power of ritten and visual narrative can help you promote cycling. Come away with practical tools you can use every day to communicate more effectively with your audiences. Moderate by Sarai Snyder, founder of Girlbikelove.com and co-founder of Cyclofemme, speakers will include:
- Leah Flickinger, Executive Editor of Bicycling magazine
- Hillary Benjamin, Head of North America Sales and Marketing for Rapha
- Kim Price, senior leader in the Global Marketing Department at Specialized Bicycles
- Tanya Quick, principal, NYC design firm Language Dept
Coloring Outside the Lines (Mt. Vernon): Join this dynamic Pecha Kucha session, to learn innovative education strategies and classes that are reaching out to women in new ways that inform, challenge and inspire — from the streets to the trails. Moderated by Jennifer Laurita, a leading League Cycling Instructor and Coach, speakers will include:
- Dr. Talia McCray, Assistant Professor of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas- Austin, author of "Cycling in the African American Community: Safety Training Guidelines"
- Kim Cross, founder of Magic City Cycle Chix in Birmingham, Alabama
- Elisabeth Reinkordt, co-founder of Sheclismo in Lincoln, Nebraska
- Fionnuala Quinn, planner with Alta Planning + Design and founder of Junior Engineers in Training program
- Kimberly Kinchen, co-founder of NYC Biketrain
12 - 1:30 pm
Lunch keynote and plenary
- Keynote: Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization of Women
- Plenary discussion: O’Neill and equity leaders discuss how to build coalitions that unite and advance the interests of diverse stakeholders, moderated by League Equity Initiative Manager, Adonia Lugo. Additional insight from Lexer Quamie, senior counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Dorothy Le, Senior Transportation Planner at Rutgers University and steering committee member for the Biking Public Project in NYC
1:45 - 3pm
Cultivating the All Powerful Bike Lobby (Mt. Vernon): In this rapid-fire Pecha Kucha session, hear how groups are using fun, affinity and social connection to mobilize new riders and build a diverse constituency. Moderated by Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, speakers will include:
- Dena Driscoll, founder of Kidical Mass Philadelphia and BikeMamaDelphia.com
- Nona Varnado, founder of the Bicycle Culture Institute
- Lilian Karabaic, board member of Cycle Wild and author of upcoming book on the Bike Fun movement
- Lesly Jones, Black Women Bike DC
- Gillian Burgess, founder of Kidical Mass Arlington
Gearing Up, Climbing to the Top (Congressional A): Hear the experiences and insight of top female leaders to learn critical skills and lessons learned that can spur YOUR success and leadership in the bicycle movement. Moderated by Lori Richman, Director of Organization Development at Quality Bicycle Products, speakers will include:
- Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sport and Nutrition
- Elayna Caldwell, Mountain Bike Brand Director at SRAM
- Barb Chamberlain, Executive Director of Washington Bikes and former state legislator
- Renee Rivera, Exective Director of East Bay Bikes
Streetfilms U (Congressional B): Want the behind-the-scenes secrets to making good transportation films? This session will give you all the fun tips and best advice on how to make successful bicycle advocacy films whether you're a beginner, curious or a pro. Learn how to choose the right story. Capture great imagery. Bag the best interviews. Edit with precision and smartly distribute to give your film the best shot at going viral on the internets. Presented by Clarence Eckerson.
3:15 - 4 p.m.
Women and Cycling: What Are We Really Selling?
Hint: It's not bicycles or bicycling. Innovative messaging and new partnerships are key to attracting new audiences to bicycling. Join a thought-provoking conversation between fashion designer, advocate and city cycling style icon Lela Rose, and Kristy Scrymgeour, owner of leading women's pro-cycling team Specialized-lululemon and founder of Velocio women's cycling apparel. Moderated by Susi Wunsch, founder of velojoy.com and a member of the Women Bike advisory board.
NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT
4:30 – 5:00 pm State Contacts meeting (Renaissance Ballroom)
4:30 – 5:00 pm First Timer’s meeting (Congressional A)
5:00 - 6:00 pm State Meetings (Renaissance Ballroom)
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Dinner and Evening Plenary
Phillip Darnton, Executive Director of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain
Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists, presiding
Tim Blumenthal, People For Bikes
League Cycling Instructor of the Year
Saris Poster Contest Winner
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin
9:00 p.m. Alliance for Biking & Walking Awards Party (RFD, 810 7th St. NW)
Tuesday March 4, 2014
6:30-7:30 a.m. Yoga For Cyclists Workshop led by Abbie Durkee ($10 suggested donation)
8:00-9:15 am Opening Plenary
Mayor's Perceptions on bicycling: Benefits, challenges and opportunities
Douglas Meyer, Bernuth and Williamson
Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Texas Senator, Rodney Ellis
Pittsburgh Mayor, Bill Peduto
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break out Sessions
Overcoming the Scofflaw Perception (Mt. Vernon B): Learn how advocates have partnered with police, courts and others to provide education for cyclists who are ticketed for their scofflaw behavior. These successful partnerships teach people how to ride safely and prevent this behavior from standing in the way of progress.
- Moderator: Ken McLeod, League Legal Specialist
- Rich Conroy, Bike New York
- Laura Solis, Bike New York
- Tyler Dewey, Bike Athens
- Brian Potwin, Commute Options
Who is the Urban Cyclist? (Congressional A): The authors of “The Metro Urban Cyclist: The Key to Future Transportation Growth” found significant differences between adult cyclists living within the zip code boundaries of the largest 12 American cities and the typical adult cyclist overall. A panel of leaders reacts to the report.
- Elliot Gluskin, Gluskin Townley Group (moderator);
- Nicole Freedman, City of Boston’s Director of Bicycle Programs;
- Mia Kohout, CEO and Editor in Chief of Momentum Magazine;
- Keith Benjamin, Safe Routes to School Street Scale Campaign Manager
Bike Advocacy as a Political Platform (Renaissance West B): Hear from a panel of local elected officials who used their bicycle advocacy to get elected, and use their positions to change the transportation conversation. .
- Moderator: Scott Bricker, BikePGH, Executive Director (moderator)
- Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice Mayor
- David Chernushenko, Ottawa City Councillor
- Dave Cieslewicz, former Madison, WI, Mayor
Rural State Success Stories (Renaissance East): Improving bicycling in rural areas and red states often requires different tactics and strategies than it does in other areas. Hear success stories from around the country for working with business, influencing the planning process, and working with elected officials in rural communities.
- Dick Norford, Executive Director of Bicycle South Central Pennsylvania (moderator);
- Shane Marshall, Utah DOT
- Melinda Barnes, Bike Walk Montana Executive Director;
- Martin Shukert, RDG Planning and Design
Quantifying Bike Benefits (Congressional B): Hear from US DOT’s top economist, Jack Wells, as to how the TIGER program calculates the cost/ benefit of bicycling and walking projects, and discuss how this formula compares with state DOTs.
- Darren Flusche, League of American Bicyclists (Moderator)
- Jack Wells, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Transportation
- Ned Codd, P.E., Assistant Secretary for GreenDOT, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Empowering Communities through Bicycling: Lessons from Los Angeles (Renaissance West A): In a city known for its car culture, advocates are innovating new strategies for bicycle promotion by drawing on L.A.'s diversity. The bike movement in Los Angeles has exploded since the 1990s- and has helped ensure a greater commitment for better bicycling. This session will highlight programs that work to connect overlooked users with these improvements in Central, South, and Southeast LA.
- Andres Ramirez, Community Health Councils
- Miguel Ramos, Multicultural Communities for Mobility
- Shanon Muir, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Active Streets LA Initiative Coordinator
- Eileen Forbes, T.R.U.S.T. South LA
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Moving Beyond the Bikelash (Congressional A): Social media, old and new journalism, and even improv comedy, can change the conversation faster than you think. You just have to help it along. This session will show you how to beat the bike lane backlash -- and have fun doing it!
- Doug Gordon, of Brooklyn Spoke
- Aaron Naparstek, of Streetsblog
Why Equity, Why Now? (Rensaissance West A): The League’s Equity Advisory Council has reached the one-year mark. Come hear EAC members, a League Board member and an advocate from the NAACP comment on the opportunities, challenges and next steps to expanding the benefits of bicycling to more Americans.
- Helen Ho, League Equity Advisory Council Member
- Hamzat Sani, League Equity Advisory Council Member
- Tania Lo, of Momentum Magazine and League Board Member
- Niobli Armah, NAACP
Next Level Lobbying and Election Strategies (Renaissance West B): As momentum for bicycling grows, politicians are paying more attention. This session, featuring Rock the Vote, StreetsPAC and ‘lobbying by bike’ will focus on taking advocacy to the next level through working through politicians and elections.
- Robin Stallings, Bike Texas Executive Director (moderator)
- Amanda Brown, Rock the Vote Political Director
- Steve Vaccaro, StreetsPAC Board Member
- Peter Bourke, Cycling Promotion Fund General Manager
Building a Broad Transportation Coalition (Mt. Vernon B): Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia worked with representatives from all transportation modes, engineers, contractors, and the health and business communities to pass a $2.3 billion state transportation package in 2013. Learn the lessons from their participation in the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition.
- Alex Doty, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director (moderator)
- George Wolff, Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition
- Jennifer Ebersole, American Heart Association
- Mike Jayne, Mission: Readiness
If Local Control is Good, Would Devolution be Better? (Congressional B): Hear from leading transportation advocates on the federal stage as they discuss what devolution of federal transportation funds to the local level could mean for biking and walking.
- Deron Lovaas, NRDC
- James Corless, T4America
- Tyler Frisbee, former Capitol Hill Staff
Retailers Best Practices for Advocacy (Renaissance East): Retailers will share their advocacy success stories - how have they worked with advocates to improve bicycling in their community. This panel will also have an open discussion about the rapidly changing landscape of bicycle retail and how advocacy fits into the future of the channel.
- James Moore, Moore's Bike Shop (moderator)
- Brian Drayton, Richmond Spokes Executive Director
- Brandee Lepak, Global Bikes Director of Business Development
- Jeff Koenig, Big Poppi Bikes
- Chris Kegel, Wheel & Sprocket President
Federal Bikeshare Bill (Congressional C): What is it, what's happening and what are our next steps?
- Caron Whitaker, League's VP of Government Relations
Lunch and Plenary
USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx
Working with Business to Get Things Done
Gabe Klein, former Chicago Transportation Commissioner, current fellow, Urban Land Institute
Matthew J. Klein, Akridge Real Estate, President
Andy Clarke, presiding
Announcing the 2014 National Bike Challenge
John Cayer, Vice President, North America, Rolled Products, Kimberly-Clark
2:45- 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
The Role of Enforcement in a Vision Zero Strategy (Mt. Vernon B): Law enforcement isn't always a bicyclist's best friend and justice for bicyclists and pedestrians hit by cars is rarely served. Hear from lawyers and advocates who have changed the law and worked with enforcement agencies to ensure proper legal protection for cyclists.
- Brent Buice, Georgia Bikes (moderator)
- Peter Wilborn, of bikelaw.com
- Bob Anderton, Washington Bike Law
Video Advocacy (Congressional A): Sixty percent of Capitol Hill staff watch videos to learn about current issues or bills. How can the bicycle movement use video to advance our cause? Watch some short advocacy videos and learn how these are being used to make biking better.
- Clarence Eckerson, Director, Streetfilms (moderator)
- Max Hepp-Buchanan, Bike Walk RVA Director
- Yolanda Davis -Overstreet, Ride in Living Color Director
- Michael Marinnacio, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Digital Director
Leveraging National Health Goals (Renaissance East): Both the Healthy People 2020 plan, spearheaded by Sec. Sebelius and the National Prevention Strategy, spearheaded by Surgeon General Benjamin, set goals for active transportation. What are they and how can the bicycling and health communities work together at the local and federal level to reach these goals?
- Jeff Levi, Trust for America's Health Executive Director (moderator)
- Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D, American College of Sports Medicine Immediate Past President
- Beth Koser Schwartz, Lancaster General Health
Cortney L. Bloomer, MPH, CHES Carson City Health and Human Services
Expanding Bicycling Options (Renaissance West A): With bicycling on the rise, so is the demand for better access. The panel will explore three hot topics in bicycling- including roll on service on Amtrak, accommodating bikes on transit, and the growing interest and use of e-bikes to extend the ability of bicyclists to continue biking throughout their lives.
- Jason Henderson, of San Francisco State University (moderator)
- Debbi Stone Wulf, Amtrak Chief of sales distribution and customer service
- Rebecca Roush, Sound Transit Bicycle Program
- Don DiCostanzo, Pedego Electric Bikes, President
Rapid-Fire Victory: 10 Advocacy Wins from Around the Country (Renaissance West B): This PechaKucha session features 10 fast-paced mini-presentations on remarkable campaigns from across the United States. From billion-dollar ballot measures to state legislative change, learn how state and local advocates have won dollars for bicycling.
- Brighid O'Keane, Alliance for Biking and Walking & Advocacy Advance Partnership, Advocacy & Programs Director (moderator)
- Renee Rivera, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Executive Director
- Scott Bricker, Bike Pittsburgh, Executive Director
- Rebecca Serna, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Executive Director
- Kyle Wagenschutz, City of Memphis, Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator
- James Wilson, Bike Delaware, Executive Director
- Jason Jordan, Center for Transportation Excellence, Director
- Jamie Maier, LivableStreets Alliance, Campaign Coordinator
- Gerik Kransky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Advocacy Director
- Ginny Sullivan, Adventure Cycling Association, Director of Travel Initiatives
Business People make the Best Messengers (Congressional B): More and more companies are encouraging bicycling in their communities and in their workplace. Hear from business representatives as to how and why their companies are promoting bicycling, their innovative ideas to get more employees on bikes, and how employees are the agents of creating bike culture.
- Amelia Neptune, League’s Bicycle Friendly America Program Specialist (moderator)
- Adam Rubinfield, World Bank
- Bob Evans, 3M
- Benny Foltz, eBay/Paypal
- Maggie Smith, Digital Graphics Editor, National Geographic
Equity in Practice workshop (Congressional C): As more bike advocates recognize the need to expand their reach, we may struggle with how to implement a commitment to equity in practice. In this more informal setting, the League's Equity Advisory Council will be available to discuss their work and expertise. We'll be reaching out before the Summit to find out what big and little questions you'll be bringing with you.
4:30-5:45 p.m State Meetings
7-8 p.m. League Annual Meeting
Members of the League are invited to join us on Tuesday evening from 7-8pm at the Renaissance Hotel to hear from our President, Andy Clarke, as well leaders from our Board of Directors about the state of the League and our future initiatives. We’ll also highlight the work of Arlington County, Va., to encourage more people to ride bikes with a special screening of their documentary “BikeSwell.” BikeArlington Program Manager Chris Eatough will be on-hand for a Q&A after the showing.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9:00 am -5:00 pm Lobbying on Capitol Hill
Pedi-Cabs: Our popular Pedi-cab service will be available again to help shuttle you between your Lobby Day meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday mornings. Call 202-689-5511 or use the RideScout App to hail one of the cabs.
9:30 am – 3:30 pm Technical workshop (for those unable to lobby).
Research needs on the National Level: What’s happening and what’s needed Hear from federal agencies, such as Federal Highways and Federal Transit, on their current initiatives and research on bicycling and active transportation, and discuss how a National Bike Plan can support goals in other sectors like health, safety and the environment.
5:00 – 7:00pm Reception on Capitol Hill
Thursday, March 6
8:30 – 11:00am National Bike Summit Bike Ride: Bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from across the nation are invited to join us for a tour highlighting some of DC's best bicycle infrastructure, led by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Meet at 8:30am at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, right in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Helmets are required and Bike the Sites can provide bicycle rentals.
Take a tour of Alta’s Capital Bikeshare Operations Center
Are you interested is what goes into running a successful bike share program? If so, Alta Bicycle Share invites you to a behind-the-scenes tour of its Capital Bikeshare operations center. Alta staff will lead a group ride from the end of the Congressional Bike Ride down to the Capital Bikeshare operations center (less than 2 miles away). The ride is scheduled to end at the Capital Building at 11:00 a.m. and we’ll leave then for the operations center. The hour-long tour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will give you the opportunity to ask questions about how bike share programs are run. Snacks will be provided! If you will not be on the bike ride and want to make your way there on your own, the operations center is located at 1714 2nd Street SW. If you are on Metro, take the green line to the Waterfront station. There is a bike share station right outside the Metro entrance.