A full day of advocacy, equity, and cycling

Plan to spend Saturday, May 5th in Madison for the Wisconsin Bike Summit where we will gather inspiration and ideas from people doing great work across the state.

This year’s program will focus on organizing all the successful local cycling groups so we can be more effective at the state level.  The Summit will bring together bicycling and equity advocates, transportation planners, elected officials, and others, all working in diverse ways to make Wisconsin a great place to bicycle.

Oboi Reed will start us off with a community ride Friday night.

Some of our sessions include:

When the Fire Starts to Burn: The Power of Bicycles as Community Transformation with Oboi Reed

The presentation will explore the direct connection between community bicycle rides and the advancement of a bicycle advocacy agenda centered on bicycle equity, community transformation and social justice in low- to moderate-income communities of color.

 Best Practices in Separated Bikeways with Michael Loughran and Jennifer Hefferan

This presentation will provide an overview of the state of the practice for separated bikeways, which are defined as exclusive space for bicyclists along or within a roadway that is physically separated from motor vehicles and pedestrians. The presentation will start with a brief history of bicycle facilities in the US

Wayfinding for Bicyclists: All Who Wander Are Not Lost, but Some Are and We Can Help with Renee Callaway and Sonia Dubielzig

Highlights include:

1.Why bicycle wayfinding is a good investment
2.Basics of planning for bicycle wayfinding
3.Lessons learned from wayfinding projects
4.Implementation considerations

 Route of the Badger: Connecting Southeast Wisconsin with Willie Karidis

A relatively small investment that builds upon existing infrastructure can improve the connectivity of the trail system; better connecting people to the places they want to go. When more people can use trails to get where they want to go, the benefits to the economy, public health and transportation become the foundation of healthy, sustainable communities.

Collaborative Campaigns for Complete Streets and Planning with Jessica Binder, Adam Wood and Joyce Tang Boyland

Complete Streets are streets that are safe and attractive for all ages, abilities, and modes of travel.  Proper public policy and planning for Complete Streets carries many benefits: improved public health, more efficient public spending, and a more inclusive community with better access to amenities.  However, social and political barriers often obstruct progress in this area. We examine past and present campaigns for Complete Streets, analyze the social psychology operative in successful campaigns, and offer friendly suggestions for communities seeking to enact Complete Streets in their localities.

Sylvan Hill Mountain Bike Park: Case Study in Community Bike Development with Jahn Martin

This presentation will discuss the process of bringing the Sylvan Hill Mountain Bike to completion in Wausau, WI.  We will chronicle the process of identifying the opportunity, working with municipal government, fundraising, contractor selection and CWOCC’s volunteer efforts on the project.   IMBA Chapters and bike clubs can learn how to engage community leaders, identify sources for fundraising and mobilize local volunteers.

 Mobile workshops:

Bicycle Tour of Innovative Bicycle Facilities with John Rider

Take a tour by BCycle of Madison’s most innovative facilities to imagine what could be done in your community.

 Bicycle Benefits  with Ian Klepetar

A 6 mile lunchtime slow roll to Madison’s east side and showcase recent additions that enhance the riding experience.  Free Pizza will be provided to all who attend the ride. Ride leaves from the adjacent B-Cycle Station at 12:05 sharp. ian@bicyclebenefits.org for further details.

Hands on Bicycle Repair Instruction with Elijah McCloskey

Learn basic to intermediate bicycle repair skills, with hands on assistance and demonstrations.

See the full schedule here soon.