The 22nd National Bike Summit will be here before we know it! This year’s Summit takes place February 28-March 3, 2021 and is entirely online, meaning you–yes you!–can attend from wherever you have internet access and a comfortable place to sit. Programming for this year’s Summit will start around 1pm ET, so we hope to see folks across the country tune in to take part in our movement, highlighted in this year’s theme of Bikes: Our Vehicle For Change.
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Registration for the Summit is open: register before February 1, 2021 to secure an Early Bird Discount. League members also earn discounted registration, so consider joining the League for not only this year’s Summit, but also all of the great year round benefits of being an integral part of the movement for better biking.
Why attend the Summit?
- We’ll set up a meeting for you to discuss biking issues with your Members of Congress! Plus, we’ll train you how to be an effective member of the Bike Lobby.
- Turn Zoom into something you look forward to at our bike-y happy hours and networking events
- Register early to receive a gift box featuring treats from our sponsors!
And here’s just a preview of some of the speakers and sessions and you can look forward to at #BikeSummit21:
- A keynote presentation by thought leader and researcher Charles Brown, MPA, CPD, on “Arrested Mobility: Exploring the Impacts of Over-policing (i.e., policy, police and polity) BIPOC Mobility in the US” highlighting “the social, political, economic, and health impacts of racial disparities in transportation and examine the ways in which our approaches to transportation research, planning, policy, and design can and must be reimagined to achieve greater mobility, health, and quality of life for all road users.”
- A Lobby Day where we want to meet with every Member of Congress about building a more Bicycle Friendly America! Register today to take part–we’ll set up your meetings and make sure you have all the training you need.
- A session on “Making Cars That Don’t Kill” featuring a discussion with author Angie Schmitt, David Zipper, and Dara Baldwin with the Center for Disability Rights about the increasing size and deadliness of cars and trucks on our roads, plus ways advocates can push to make the safety of people outside of cars a priority in vehicle design.
- A panel getting into the details about “Communicating Active Transportation Benefits to State DOTs” with insights from Toks Omishakin with CalTrans and Julie Harris with Bike Walk Nebraska.
- A deep-dive on “Slow Streets and Quick Builds: Infrastructure in the Age of COVID” with Warren Logan from the City of Oakland, Allison Burson with MassBike, and others invited to talk about two case studies of rapid planning and implementation for bike(+) infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A discussion about “Self-Enforcing Streets and Slower Speeds” with Marco Conner of Transportation Alternatives, Rigel Robinson, Berkeley city councilmember, and other invited guests showing how people are leading on self-enforcing streets that prioritize safety first without relying on armed traffic safety enforcement.
- Plenaries and other keynotes to be announced soon! (Yes, we did invite Secretary-designee Pete Buttigieg!)
- Many more sessions in our four tracks: Education, Engagement, Engineering, and Encouragement.
Plus, we’re bringing the fun – virtually:
- On Sunday, kick off the Summit with a virtual 360-degree tour of Delft in the Netherlands with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, authors of Building the Cycling City and the forthcoming Curbing Traffic.
- On Tuesday night, join us for film night with the Bicycle Film Festival! Our friends at BFF will host a fun night of new films from around the world, all celebrating the Bicycle. The program features the US premiere of Together We Cycle, with a Q&A from the filmmakers.
- On Wednesday night, regional happy hours will bring together bike advocates to share stories and hopes for 2021.
We have a lot more in store – did we mention we’ve invited a few newcomers to the Washington, DC, area? Keep an eye on the League’s website, emails, and social media to get the latest news about the Summit. Register now to secure your spot at the Summit and receive a gift in the mail thanks to our sponsors at Clif Bar »