2018 Tennessee Bike Walk Summit

May 31 - June 1  |  Nashville, TN  |  Lentz Public Health Center

The 7th annual Tennessee Bike Walk Summit will be held May 31 - June 1, 2018 in Nashville, TN. The summit will host more than 100 planners, advocates, public officials, and citizens from across the Southeastern United States who are all 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 Nashville for a second time this spring.


Thursday, May 31 

5 PM - 7 PM
Opening Reception and Networking Event 

Location: Barge Design Solution, 615 3rd Ave S, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37210 (Beverages provided)

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

Friday, June 1
Lentz Public Health Center

7:30 AM

8 AM - 8:20 AM
Opening Comments and Welcome 
Anthony Siracusa and Nashville Representatives

8:20 AM - 9:05 AM
Opening Plenary 
Tennessee Department of Transportation

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Innovative Projects  

Workshop: Approaches to Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning for Small Communities in Tennessee
Presenters: Preston Elliott, AICP; Liesel Goethert, AICP; RCI

Engaging Decision Makers

Workshop: Is This To Scale?  Planning Walking and Biking Facilities on Local, Regional and Statewide Levels
Presenters: John Houghton, Senior Transportation Planner; Mike Sewell, Senior Transportation Engineer; Erin Thoresen, Transportation Planner, GRESHAM, SMITH AND PARTNERS; Bert Kuyrkendall, Senior Transportation Engineer, GRESHAM, SMITH AND PARTNERS

Inclusive and Effective Partnerships

Workshop: Transportation Demand Management Programs
Presenters: Colin McDonald, Commute Options Manager, Innovate Memphis; Daniel McDonell, LEED AP | TDM Outreach Coordinator, Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department; Miranda R. Clements, CNU-A | TDM Program Manager, Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department

10:45 AM - 12 PM

Innovative Projects
Workshop: A Tour of Great Streets, Urban Applications of Bike Lanes, and Connecting Innovations in Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Planning to Infrastructure Investments
Presenters: Chris Lambka, PLA; Jared Draper, AICP, Toole Design Group; Brandon Taylor, P.E. and Josh Green, P.E., RCI; Cortney Geary and Andrew Ray, Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia, Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)

Engaging Decision Makers 
Workshop: Dream Team: An Alliance between Advocates, City Staff and Elected Officials to Overhaul Nashville's Sidewalk Requirements
Presenters: Councilwoman Angie Henderson, Nora Kern (Walk Bike Nashville) and Elwyn Gonzalez (Transportation Planner, Metro Nashville Planning Department)

Inclusive and Effective Partnerships 
Workshop: Promoting Connectivity through Public Engagement
Presenters: David Coode, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

12:15 PM - 1 PM

Health and Active Transportation in Tennessee  
Presenters: Mike Thompson, Tennessee Department of Health

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Innovative Projects

Workshop: City of Spring Hill Neighborhood Sidewalk Program and Integrating Walkable Solutions into the Downtown Franklin Parking and Management Study
Presenters:  Victor Lay, City Administrator for the City of Spring Hill; Rick Graham, Mayor of the City of Spring Hill; Jonathan Duda, former Aldermen for the City of Spring Hill (2005 to 2017); Brad Thompson, AICP- Volkert, Inc.; Teresa Neal- Volkert, Inc.; Micah Wood, AICP- Volkert, Inc.; Josh King, AICP- City of Franklin

Engaging Decision Makers

Workshop:  Incorporating Biking and Walking into City Policies, Greenspaces, and Buildings
Presenters: Metro Nashville Dept of General Services Sustainability Division

Inclusive and Effective Partnerships

Workshop: Active Knox: A Multi-Sector Partnership using Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Interventions
Presenters: Active Knox Team Members

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM


Enjoy walking around the track outside the health building!

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Innovative Projects

Workshop: Memphis Medical District Streetscapes Project
Presenters: Daniel Ashworth, Jr., Alta Planning + Design

Innovative Projects

Workshop: Designing Like We Live: Bringing Town Branch Greenway to Life; Riverwalk Extension in Chattanooga, TN; Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park; Mud, Sweat, and Gears Bike Club 
Presenters: Mike Sewell, P.E.Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate; Russell D. Moorehead, P.E., Barge Design Solutions, Inc.; Chad Wolfe, Trek Bicycle Store, Johnson City TN; A.J. Fox, City of Manchester, Parks and Recreation

Inclusive and Effective Partnerships

Workshop: BIKE RIDE 901: Advocacy for Health, Education, and Inclusion
Presenters: Dwayne Jones, Bike Ride 901

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Afternoon Plenary

Presenter: Dr. Charles Faulkner, The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation

5:15 PM - 5:45
State of the State 

Presenter: Dr. Anthony C. Siracusa

5:45 - 7 P.M. 


Head back to your hotel and freshen up before a closing reception!

7 PM - 9 PM



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About the Tennessee Bike Walk Summit

Our Goal

The goal of the Tennessee Bike Walk Summit is to bring together people who walk and bike, advocates, and transportation professionals to share resources and build partnerships. The TN Bike Walk Summit facilitates collaboration on topics ranging from measuring the economic and health benefits of biking and walking to sharing current trends in 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.


The summit attracts cycling advocates, tourism and public health officials, transportation planners, researchers, 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 people who walk and bike, 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.

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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