2017 Tennessee Bike Summit

May 18 - 19  |  Memphis, TN  |  Mud Island River Park
#TNBikeSummit

The 6th annual Tennessee Bike Summit will be held May 18 - 19, 2017 in Memphis, TN. The summit will host more than 100 planners, advocates, public officials, and citizens from across the Southeastern United States, all who are working to make their communities better places for walking and biking. The Summit has been held in all four major Tennessee cities--Nashville, Knoxville, MemphisChattanooga--and will return to Memphis for a second time in the spring.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 18 

5 PM - 7 PM
Opening Reception and Networking Event 

Location: Mud Island River Park - Food and beverage provided by Bike Walk TN

7 PM - 8:30 PM
Walk or Ride Across the Harahan Bridge

Friday, May 19
Mud River Island Park

7:30 AM
Breakfast 

8 AM - 8:20 AM
Opening Comments and Welcome 
Anthony Siracusa, Mayor Jim Strickland, Senator Mark Norris, Senator Lee Harris, and Deputy Commissioner of TDOT, Toks Omishakin

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
National Updates 
Drew Dupuy, Rails to Trails Conservancy

8:30 AM - 9:05 AM
Opening Plenary
"Bike Networks: Taking the Big Jump" - Kyle Wagenschutz, People for Bikes

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
BLOCK A

ADVOCACY and ORGANIZING  

Workshop: The Startup of Local Advocacy: Tools, Tips, and Lessons Learned
Presenters: Chris Carr, Chairperson of Bike Walk Chattanooga; Kristy Graves, Outdoor Educator; Daniel McDonell, "Pedestrian Prioritization through Policy Advocacy," Policy and Education Manager, Walk Bike Nashville


POLICY and PLANNING

Workshop: Where are They Now? – The Status of Bike/Pedestrian Programs in Tennessee’s Major Cities (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: Nicholas Oyler, Bikeway & Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Memphis; Bertran Kuyrkendall, City Transportation Engineer, City of Chattanooga; Whitney S. Davis, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation; Peter Bird, Active Transportation Planner, Metro Nashville Planning Department



UPDATE: MOBILE TOUR

Workshop: The Memphis Medical District Playbook: Moving From Tactical to LEAN to Humanize Streets (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: Dane Forlines, Memphis Medical District Collaborative
Location: MOBILE TOUR - 18 SPOTS AVAILABLE.  EMAIL tnbikesummit@bikewalktn.org to reserve your bike.


10:45 AM - 12 PM
BLOCK B

ADVOCACY and ORGANIZING
Workshop: See More In Memphis: Explore Bike Share
Presenters: Roshun Austin, Larry Fogarty, Sara Studdard, & Suzanne Carlson


POLICY and PLANNING
Workshop: Panel - Wolf River Greenway (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: Bob Wenner, Wolf River Conservancy; Wade Walker, Alta Planning + Design; Daniel Ashworth, Jr., Alta Planning + Design

YOUTH PROGRAMS
Workshop: Innovative Approaches to Youth Bicycle Programming
Presenters: A.J. Fox, “Mud, Sweat, and Gears Bike Club” in Manchester, Tennessee; WM Anderson, Eagle Scout John Forth, and Commissioner Art Giles, “Bicycle Playground in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee”


12:15 PM - 1 PM
LUNCH PLENARY

State of the State  
Presenters: Jessica Wilson, TDOT, Dr. John Vick, TN Department of Health


1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
BLOCK C

ADVOCACY and ORGANIZING

Workshop: Effective Approaches to Encouraging More Bicycling
Presenters:  Katie Hargrave & Brett Hunter, “Like Riding a Bicycle,” Chattanooga, TN


POLICY and PLANNING

Workshop: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS PART 1 of a TWO PART SESSION 
This Ain’t New York: Suburban Bikeway Design Workshop, SESSION 1 (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: Sagar Onta, P.E., PTOE, Senior Traffic Engineer, Toole Design; Chris Lambka, RLA, Landscape Architect, Toole Design


YOUTH PROGRAMS

Workshop: Community Bikes of Memphis
Presenters: Anthony C. Siracusa, Bike Walk TN; Lee Evans, Carpenter Art Garden Bike Shop;


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
BREAK

Enjoy walking around the beautiful fourth bluff in downtown Memphis!


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
BLOCK D
POLICY and PLANNING

Workshop: Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: G. Wade Walker, PE, Hon. ASLA | Vice President, Alta Planning and Design

POLICY and PLANNING

Workshop: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS PART 2 of a TWO PART SESSION 
This Ain’t New York: Suburban Bikeway Design Workshop, SESSION II (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: Sagar Onta, P.E., PTOE, Senior Traffic Engineer, Toole Design; Chris Lambka, RLA, Landscape Architect, Toole Design

POLICY and PLANNING

Workshop: Memphis MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Counter Program (AICP CM Credit)
Presenters: Kate Horton and Zylavian Watley, Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)



4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

State of the State

Presenter: Anthony Siracusa, President, Bike Walk TN


5:30 PM - 7 PM
BREAK 

Head back to your hotel and freshen up before an outdoor reception at Memphis Park!

7 PM - 9 PM
RECEPTION on the FOURTH BLUFF PARK*

Bike Walk TN will provide a ticket for a free drink and food item to food trucks

*Rain Alternate - TBD

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jim Strickland
Mayor, City of Memphis

Lee Harris
Tennesee State Senator, District 29

Mark Norris
Tennessee State Senator, District 32

Toks Omishakin
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) 

Kyle Wagenschutz
People for Bikes 

Drew Dupuy
Rails to Trails Conservancy 

Leslie Meehan
Tennessee Department of Health

Jessica Wilson
Tennessee Department of Transportation

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New Location

Due to an HVAC issue at the Historic Cossitt Library, the 2017 TN Bike Summit will be moved to the Mud Island River Park, just across the harbor. No need to change any accommodations or plans! More info.

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Registration Information
Tennessee Bike Summit - Regular Registration
$95
Sale Ends: May 17, 2017 11:59 PM CDT
Register here for access to all programming and speakers!
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Tennessee Bike Summit - Day of Registration
$125
Sale Ends: May 19, 2017 11:59 PM CDT
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About the Tennessee Bike Summit

Our Goal

The goal of the Tennessee Bike Summit is to bring together cyclists, advocates, and transportation professionals to share resources and build partnerships. The TN Bike Summit facilitates collaboration on topics ranging from measuring the economic and health benefits of bicycles to sharing current trends in bicycle safety and infrastructure design.

The Challenge

We know our best planning professionals are limited in what they can accomplish if they lack political support. At our conference, we hope to bring a special focus to advocacy and civic education. We will encourage the participants to identify specific goals that need to be addressed in their own municipalities, and challenge them to advance bicycle and pedestrian issues when they return to their communities.

Participants

The summit attracts cycling advocates, tourism and public health officials, transportation planners, researchers, cycling retailers, and elected officials, creating unique opportunities to share knowledge and create common understanding among this diverse group of participants.

Bike Walk Tennessee (BWTN)

BWTN was founded in 2009 by a group of cyclists, and is our state’s only statewide bike and pedestrian advocacy organization. Bike Walk Tennessee works on regional, statewide, and national level to enhance biking and walking opportunities in Tennessee.

What we do:

  • Advocate with Tennessee State Legislature to pass legislation friendly to bicycles. For example, drafted and advanced a strengthened Due Care law that created stiffer penalties for motor vehicle drivers who injure or kill a pedestrian or bicyclist, and prevented passage of a state law in 2016 that would have restricted the use of gas tax revenue for bicycle lanes in Tennessee.
  • Work with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). For example, worked to develop a more bikefriendly rumble strip policy now in use by TDOT and other state DOTs.
  • Connect with U.S. Congress members. BWTN coordinates annual Capitol Hill meetings between Tennessee advocates and U.S. Senators and Representatives from Tennessee.
  • Lead the development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System in Tennessee and coordinate efforts to maximize the potential of bicycle tourism in Tennessee. The Tennessee Bike Summit is our signature event. In the years since the summit began in 2012, Tennessee has become one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the Southeast. Our sponsors and supporters are fueling Tennessee's rise to national leadership in bicycle advocacy.

Organizer
Bike Walk Tennessee

Bike Walk Tennessee advocates for better biking and walking in Tennessee. Bike Walk Tennessee serves as a statewide voice to advance public policy that improves economic development, health equity, and quality of life. Bike Walk Tennessee connects and educates members and constituents to create regional, statewide, and national efforts that support biking and walking in Tennessee.

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