The League of American Bicyclists has announced the 2018 National Bike Summit — the 19th annual gathering — ‘where advocates, bike industry leaders, local decision makers, engineers and planners will convene to discuss, learn, experience and advocate for better bicycling’. The event will be held on March 5-7, 2018, at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel.
US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and New Belgium’s Kim Jordan headline this year’s National Bike Summit.
The National Bike Summit is positioned as the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill. This year’s theme is ‘Grass Roots Grow Together’, and the League will be showcasing successes at the local level, learning how they happen and exploring ways to expand their reach.
‘Peer learning is a critical component of growing and strengthening the bicycling movement. Together, we make our local, regional, and national work a unified force of unstoppable change.’
A release from the League of America Bicyclists added that ‘a focus will be on regional planning, national and local messaging and the road map of our work together in advancing the bicycling movement. There will be networking opportunities, keynote addresses from top government officials including US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, workshops highlighting innovative advocacy ideas and an organized Lobby Day on March 7 to bring our pro-bicycling message to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.’
The 2018 National Bike Summit Schedule is available at 2018nationalbikesummitgrassroots.sched.com/
According to League Executive Director Bill Nesper, “The Summit is an opportunity for bike advocates, educators and planners from around the country to gather and exchange ideas. We look forward to sharing the recent accomplishments Bicycle Friendly America program and listening to how we can continue to build the program in the coming years.”
Among the highlights of the 2016 and 2017 Summits were the Mobile Workshops. This year, the tours to Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs) National Public Radio and The National Geographic Society are back, as is a field trip to The University of Maryland, College Park, a Bicycle Friendly University.
Monday features a workshop titled ‘Where Diversity and Inclusion Meet Implicit Bias’, led by nationally recognized diversity and inclusion expert Cheri Wilson. Also on Monday is a workshop focusing on working with youth.
At Monday’s Dinner Plenary, the keynote speaker will be Kim Jordan, co-founder and Executive Chair of returning Summit sponsor New Belgium Brewing.
The League of American Bicyclists is an advocacy group ‘leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone… As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.’