2015 National Bike Summit
We're just weeks away from the premier bicycle advocacy event of the year: the 2015 National Bike Summit and National Forum on Women & Bicycling. Why should you join hundreds of passionate bicyclists in Washington, D.C., March 10-12?
We didn't choose this year's theme -- Bikes+ -- lightly. We believe it's time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can't stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests.
It's been months in the making, and we couldn't be more excited to reveal the full agenda for the Summit and Forum. What's in it for you? How is this year different than the past?
1) The Summit is the nation's biggest annual bicycle advocacy event, bringing together hundreds of passionate bicycling leaders from communities across the country. Both the Summit and the Forum connect you to other people who share your passion for bicycling -- and want to build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.
2) The Summit unites the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill, highlighting critical issues and creating relationships with members of Congress that have a direct impact on biking in your community. We know the Summit gets results: Last year, we pushed for Congress to tell the U.S. Department of Transportation to set a national goal to reduce bicyclist fatalities. Before the end of 2014, they did exactly that. We won, thanks to hundreds of participants at the National Bike Summit.
3) The Summit and Forum share cutting-edge knowledge and tools you can put into action back home. And this year, we're not focused on incremental changes or tweaks to the status quo. We're thinking BIG about game-changing strategies and innovative tactics that can spur exponential growth in bicycling. The core aspects we'll zero in on:
- Leading-edge campaigns and important trends that are transforming bicycle advocacy, like transportation equity, Vision Zero and retrofitting suburbia.
- Knowledge, skills and tools to build your advocacy capacity and political power for better biking at the local, state and national level.
- Leadership development insights and strategies to invite more creativity and innovation into the bike movement.
- And big ideas from community leaders nationwide that are changing the face of bicycle advocacy in new and exciting ways.
So what are you waiting for? Don't miss the premier bike advocacy event of the year! Register for the Summit today!
National Bike Summit 2015
March 10-12, 2015
MONDAY, MARCH 9
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Nervous about lobbying? Want to hone your skills? In this training, we’ll talk about the value of citizens lobbying, and run through scenarios of what to expect. Learn tips and techniques for talking with allies, opponents, and new Congress members and their staff -- practice your lobbying techniques before you head to the Hill!
TUESDAY, MARCH 10
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
National Forum on Women and Bicycling
8:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Women Bike Pop-up Shop
Female entrepreneurs showcase their bike-related products
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 am
A Case Study in Leadership: How Mentorship and Bold Leadership is growing the mission of Tulsa Hub
- Ren Barger, Tulsa Hub CEO
- Barbara Bannon, Expert in Leadership Development and Tulsa Hub Board Chair
9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Not Your Average Networking Event
Make connections with fellow Forum attendees in this fun, experiential exercise!
- Liz Jose, WEBikeNYC Founder, Bike Works (Seattle) and Women Bike Advisory Council
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Discovering Your Authentic Leadership Style
Uncover your personal style of leadership, and learn how to create the space to thrive.
- Ashley Fullenwider, Nuu-Muu
- Laura Todd, Nuu-Muu
Building Powerful Networks to Advance Your Career
Learn about strategies for building up powerful networks of women to support one another in advancing your careers. This session we will hear from women working to construct networks that focus on powerbrokering, mentoring, and recognition.
- Helen Ho, Director of Queens Office of the Mayor, New York City, Community Affairs Unit
The Future of the Women’s Market: Product and Marketing Plans from the Industry
Hear from women leading the bike industry in the development of women’s product and developing the marketing plans that will get more women on bikes
- Elysa Walk, Liv
12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
Advocacy Through A Gender Lens
When we advocate for bicycling through a gender lens, does it lead to big ideas or does it limit our thinking. Hear from women all both ends of the spectrum on how and when to use gender to amplify your advocacy efforts.
- Barb Chamberlin, Washington Bikes
- Karen Bliss, Advanced Sports International, UCI Women’s Committee
1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Co-creating a vision for advocacy: What Can We Learn from Gender Equity in Competitive Cycling
Hear from women at all levels of professional racing about their experience with gender equity issues in racing. They will share their advocacy work in the racing world, and how it carries over into their communities.
- Karen Bliss, Advanced Sports International, UCI Women’s Committee
- Nicole Freedman, Olympic Cyclist, Boston Bikes
Difference between Input and Decision Making: Empowering New Voices to Lead the Movement
Volunteer Grassroots advocates from Multicultural Communities for Mobility (LA) will share their organizing tactics (and awesome video) on their most recent project to activate citizens in Boyle Heights.
- Rio Contreras, MCM
- Maryann Aguirre, MCM
- Miguel Ramos, MCM
- Erick Huerta, MCM
Building the Movement: Constructing a plan for Women Bike Advocacy in Your Community
How do we increase women ridership? Women working in women specific encouragement initiatives from across the nation will share lessons learned, and how to design effective encouragement initiatives driven by results.
- Kim Foltz, City of Boston
- Nelle Pierson, Wasington Area Bicyclist Association
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
State Coordinator meeting
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists, presents:
- Saris Poster Contest winner presentation
- Maya Rockeymoore, President, Center for Global Policy Solutions: Rockeymoore is an expert in equity in policy, specifically in health care. At the Summit, Rockeymoore will be discuss targeted universalism in policy and how that relates to transportation equity. Read more about Rockeymoore.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
The Outlook for Bicycling in the 114th Congress
Join Members of Congress and government officials to hear about the reinvigorated Congressional Bike Caucus and the State of play on transportation issues in Washington D.C.
- Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
- Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Advocacy Leadership Institute
How do you empower passionate volunteers to effectively organize in their communities and advocate for better bike plans, effective policies and safer infrastructure? In 2011, the Cascade Bicycle Club created its Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI), a program that has given graduates the tools to start new bicycling organizations, be featured in national news outlets, serve on bike advisory boards and even manage Puget Sound Cycle Share. In this presentation, participants willl earn:
- How to structure a 10-week training session to teach volunteers the skills to develop successful campaigns — and use those skills to dive into weekly workshops and class assignments based on the region’s priority infrastructure projects.
- Understanding staff resources and best practices necessary for developing and maintaining a strong volunteer advocacy base.
Presenter: Brock Howell, Cascade Bicycle Club
Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Best Practices
How do you mobilize voters to get to the polls when it matters for bicycling? In this workshop, the Analyst Institute will share field-tested best practices for voter turnout, testing advocacy campaign performance and effective volunteer recruitment tactics. Walk away from this session with concrete examples of how using social pressure in the campaign field work and communications, including messaging, timing and volume of contacts; tested volunteer recruitment techniques; and the latest best practices in testing advocacy campaign tactics.
- Presenter: Kathryn Poindexter, Analyst Institute. The Analyst Institute is a clearinghouse for evidence-based best practices in voter contact.
Building a Candidate Pipeline
How can you connect leadership development and electoral work to community organizing and advocacy to build long-term political power in your community? This session will share:
- The major components, process and best practices for developing an effective candidate recruitment and leadership pipeline program for your local organization.
- How to target races and identify opportunities
- Identify strong potential candidates
- Make an effective recruitment ask
- Assess your organizational capacity for candidate development and support
Presenter: Kara Hollingsworth, Wellstone Action. Wellstone Action has trained over 55,000 individuals and 300 organizations in political leadership development.
How to Talk with an Engineer… and be Persuasive
To win better bike infrastructure, bicycle advocates have to understand traffic engineering vocabulary and technical considerations, and become effective contributors to the dialogue that shapes our streets. In this workshops, participants will learn:
- The key methods, regulations, and considerations that guide traffic engineering and street design
- Understand how bicyclists (and pedestrians) are included (or overlooked) in the typical traffic engineering process
- Help bicycle advocates collaborate effectively with engineers for better street and multi-modal design
Presenters: Rock Miller, Stantec, and Samantha Ollinger, BikeSD
Making the Bicycle Retailer and Supplier Voice Count
This session will focus a discussion on helping bike advocates understand the realities of being in the bike industry, and therefore how to make a successful pitch to engage retailers and suppliers in advocacy in the most effective way. In this session you will learn:
- What makes for a successful relationship between an industry supplier and an advocacy group or fundraising event -- for both parties;
- What keeps bike retailers up at night and how that affects your relationship with them; the perfect roles for advocates, suppliers and retailers to play in making our communities more bicycle-friendly.
Presenter: National Bicycle Dealers Association
Fundraising for Local Advocacy
Local advocacy is changing the national landscape. If you’re a staff members or volunteer, from beginner to advanced fundraiser, this session with share fundraising strategies that will help you build organizational capacity. We’ll explore the importance of diversifying funding streams, with deeper conversations on topics like:
- Developing a pipeline from members, to donors, to major donors
Grants and foundation giving
- Generating income from rides and events
- Other strategies, like planned giving, foundations or consulting contracts
Presenters: Brighid O’Keane, Alliance for Biking & Walking & Lili Afkhami, League of American Bicyclists
11:45 - 12:45
Big Idea Sessions
Big Ideas Pecha Kucha
Come hear fast-paced presentations -- 20 slides, 20 seconds each -- from big thinkers about their Big Ideas, including:
- Protected Bike Lanes in the Suburbs
- The Advocacy Power of Laughter
- A Successful University-based Funding Campaign
Bikes and Books: A Perfect Partnership
- A Tool that Demystifies Advocacy and Creates a Powerful Human Network
Big Ideas Session: Innovations in Advocacy & Planning
This session will showcase some of the best emerging ideas in a advocacy and planning, including:
- Re-thinking the Public Participation Process (Fionnuala Quinn)
- Starting at the Local Level and "Leveraging Up" (Dave Cieslewicz, Wisconsin Bike Fed)
- Advocating for Low-stress Networks (Tim Blagden, Bike-Walk Alliance of NH)
Advocacy Storytelling: Video "Storybook" (Nancy Tibbett, Bicycle Indiana, Inc.)
Big Ideas Session: Importing Advocacy
This session brings together big thinkers who are bringing bicycling advocacy to the people where they are and incorporating it into our everyday lives: in public libraries, bike shops, and our daily errands.
- Paid Advocacy at Bike Shops
- Bikes + Public Libraries
- "Bike to Shop Day"
- Bike Shops as Bicycling Infrastructure
- CrowdFunding Training
With our partners at ioby, this session will cover real-life case studies of successfully crowd-funded local biking projects, the ‘seven habits’ of highly successful crowdfunding campaigns.
A Strategic Agenda for Bicycling and Walking: a Federal Highway Administration Listening Session
The Federal Highway Administration wants you input into and feedback on the development of their national Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. Topics will include:
- Design flexibility
- Performance measures
- Pedestrian and bicycle access to transit
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Plenary: Bikes+
This plenary will focus on the relationship of biking to public health, to the environment and placemaking. We’ll hear from appointed and elected officials from local governments on the connections between biking and today’s big issues.
- Speakers TBA
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
What is Vision Zero and How Do We Get There?
Cities and towns across the United States face common challenges and shared trends — growing populations that are increasingly diverse, governments that need to do more with less and a growing public interest in and support for bicycle-friendly and walkable neighborhoods. In 2014, The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition launched a Vision Zero Campaign, calling for a reduction of all traffic deaths to zero in 10 years. In this session, Leah Shahum, will lead a discussion on Vision Zero as an ambitious concept that isn’t just about policy, but also a dramatic shift in our mindset about mobility, design and our public spaces. Read our full interview with Shahum.
As bikeable and walkable communities and urban living become more popular, suburbs are losing out- poverty is rising, housing prices are dropping and suburban populations are finding themselves without accessible transportation to jobs. In this session, Dr. Ellen Dunham- Jones will give the movement a glimpse into the suburban renaissance and help us brainstorm how bicycles can play a part. Dunham-Jones is one of the nation's leading experts on "Retrofitting Suburbia" -- in fact, she wrote the book on the topic. But she thinks outside the (big) box (stores). She's become a leader in reimagining the auto-centric suburbs, a chronicler of innovative reuses and champion for design solutions that revitalize our postwar communities. Read our full interview with Dunham-Jones.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
League member meeting
THURSDAY, MARCH 12
9:00 - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Technical Workshop (for those unable to lobby)
What does it mean to be bicycle-friendly?
Federal Highway Administration Listening Session (for Agency and local government officials and Staff)
5:00 - 7:00
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Jim Oberstar Memorial Ride
- Summit Big Idea: Bike To Shop Day
- Summit + Forum Agenda Announced
- Summit: What to Know Before You Go
- Summit Big Idea: Low-Stress Bicycling Networks
- Summit Big Idea: Protected Bikeways in the Burbs
- Forum Preview: Discover Your Authentic Leadership
- Summit Bid Idea: Digital Advocacy Network
- Summit Preview: Vision Zero
- Summit Preview: Retrofitting the Suburbs
- Fighting Inequality Through Policy: Maya Rockeymoore
- Big Idea: Laughter
- Forum Spotlight: Karen Bliss
- Crowdfunding Big Ideas
- Power of the People: Cascade Bicycle Club's Advocacy Leadership Institute
- 2014 Summit Victory -- and Why You Need to Join Us in 2015!
- Accepting Proposals: Forum Pop-up Shop
- Recruiting & Grooming Candidates