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    Knoxville, TN

    April 23rd-24th 2015

TN Bike Summit

Thursday and Friday, April 23-24th, 2015 | Knoxville Convention Center | 701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902

Tennessee Bike Summit 20152015 Tennessee Bike Summit: Making Connections

We invite cycling and sustainable transportation advocates, traffic engineers, planners, public health officials, researchers, cycling retailers, and elected officials to join us for the 2015 TN Bike Summit to share knowledge, create common understanding, and challenge each other to build safe roads, strong communities, and a Tennessee where everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of bicycling and walking.


For professionals attending the conference, we will have an advanced presentation track with sessions certified to provide Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for engineers and planners. We will also be teaching roadway users about the latest in greatest in complete streets design and planning, just without the acronyms!


Some of the topics we plan to cover

On the Ground

New Practices in Bicycle Facility Design   |   Road Diets and Intersection Improvements    |   Interim Solutions & Tactical Urbanism  |  Planning and Building Great Trails   |   Safe Routes to School

Advocacy and Partnerships

Empowering Cyclists to Take Action   |   Encouraging and Engaging Youth and Nontraditional Populations   |    Overcoming Challenges & Learning from Setbacks   |   Creative Partnerships to Promote Bicycling   |  Achieving Policy Change

Dollars and Sense

Funding Opportunities for Projects   |   Economic Benefits of Bicycle Facilities and Bicycling


All this with a healthy helping of bike rides, mobile workshops, and social events. Get ready to learn, ride, see old friends and make some new connections along the way.

See you in Knoxville!

If you’d like to join a summit as a speaker, please submit proposals here by Monday, February 23. Selected proposals will be announced by March 23.


We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for the 2015 Tennessee Bike Summit.

 2015 TN Bike Summit Speakers

gil penalosaGil Penalosa

Gil is Founder and Chair of the Board of 8-80 Cities. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm – Gil Penalosa & Associates. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all: from 8 to 80 years old. Gil Penalosa is passionate about creating great cities for all people, regardless of social, economic or ethnic background, and the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility. As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, Gil successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks and initiated the “new Ciclovia”— a program which sees over 1 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday. Because of his unique blend of pragmatism and passion, Gil’s leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations.



martha  roskowskiMartha Roskowski

Martha is the director of the Green Lane Project and Vice President of Local Innovation at  People for Bikes.

After joining PeopleForBikes in January 2012, Ms. Roskowski orchestrated the launch of the highly successful Green Lane Project that is spurring the development of protected bikeways in U.S. cities and towns, coast to coast, including our very own Memphis, Tennessee! This infrastructure concept has been widely embraced as a cost-effective way to improve road safety for all users while making bicycling more appealing to a broader audience. Roskowski’s long and successful career as a bicycling leader includes seven years as the founding executive director of Bicycle Colorado, three years in Washington, DC, as campaign director for America Bikes, and seven years as Director of GO Boulder—the city’s highly regarded transportation program that focuses on transit, bicycling and walking.



tn summit_john pucherJohn Pucher

John Pucher, recently retired from Rutgers University where he was a professor since 1978, conducting research on transportation, economics, and finance; urban travel behavior, transportation systems, and government policies in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Over the past 15 years, John’s research has focused on walking and bicycling, and how to improve their safety and convenience for all age groups, for women as well as men, and for all levels of physical ability. He encourages walking and cycling for recreation as well as for practical trips to work, school, and shopping to increase physical activity and to help people toward healthier lifestyles. John has published three books and over 100 articles in academic and professional journals. His most recent book is entitled “City Cycling,” published by MIT Press in 2012. John has spent several years as a visiting professor at universities in Germany, Canada, Australia, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Adonia LugoAdonia Lugo

Adonia E. Lugo is an experienced bike advocate with a record of using anthropological research to design bicycle promotion efforts that focus on inclusivity, both in terms of existing and future bike users. She got her start in bicycle advocacy as an anthropology graduate student in Los Angeles, where she lived and organized from 2008-2011. The co-founder of innovative programs like LA’s City of Lights campaign reaching out to immigrant, day-laborer cyclists and the Bicicultures research network, Lugo has, for years, been a leading voice in the burgeoning discussion about bicycle and transportation equity.

Adonia joined the League’s newly formed Equity Advisory Council in March 2013, and she looks forward to innovating new ways of making bicycling a part of diverse American communities as the Equity Initiative Manager.




Thank you to all the sponsors who have already committed to supporting the 2015 TN Bike Summit! If you are interested in sponsoring the Bike Summit, please contact monika@bikewalkTN.org.

Platinum Sponsors

Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation


Gold Sponsors

 Tennessee Department of Transportation Knoxville Regional TPOWalk Bike Nashville

Silver Sponsors

Dewhirst Properties Benner Law_Bike LawElizabeth Eason ArchitectureMast Genreal StoreUT Center for Transportation ResearchGreat Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway CouncilSmoky Mountain WheelmenRPM Transportation Consultants

Bronze Sponsors

Toole Design Group AMBC-Appalachian Mountain Bike ClubTVB-Tennessee Valley BicyclesSevierville Parks and RecreationHyde Family FoundationsWolf River ConservancyBike Tours DirectSCO Southern Cycling OperationsBike ZooMemphis Hightailers



First Tennessee Bank Trust Division     |     Murfreesboro Bicycle Club


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