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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, landscape architects, 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.


The summit tracks are organized in in three categories of Infrastructure and Policy, Advocacy and Education, and Recreation and Development. For professionals attending the conference, we are working to have the sessions certified to provide Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for engineers, planners, and landscape architects.
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 full summit schedule here

see full list of summit sessions and workshops here

See you in Knoxville!


We are excited to announce our featured 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.



 Toks OmishakinAdetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin

In October of 2011, Toks Omishakin was appointed Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Environment and Planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). In this position, he guides TDOT in establishing transportation planning, policy, and performance and the necessary communication that is required with other governmental agencies, organizations, and the general public and legislative bodies. He leads the activities of the divisions of Environment, Long-Range Planning, Project Planning and Multimodal Transportation Resources. In 2014 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner. Prior to joining TDOT, he served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor – Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. There he led efforts to develop a Complete Streets policy for Nashville and helped established a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city.



 Rich EdwardsRichard Edwards

Richard Edwards the program manager for IMBA Trail Solutions.

Richard is a nationally respected trail design expert who developed his skills during fifteen years at IMBA, first as Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew and then with Trail Solutions. Richard has assessed, designed, constructed, and maintained trails in more than 30 US states, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Wales, Scotland and England.  He calls Harrisonburg, Virginia home when he isn’t on the road planning and designing trails and parks.  A focus of his work in recent years has been the growing trail system at Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, Alabama. 




Liz JonesLiz Jones

Liz manages the Women Bike program for the League of American Bicyclists. Liz has been with the League since July 2014. Liz is responsible for guiding the League’s work around encouraging more women to bike and take leadership roles in bike advocacy. Before joining the League, Liz worked as an outdoor educator designing and instructing programs that taught self-efficacy through challenge and adventure. Liz has worked for nationally recognized outdoor organizations such as Outward Bound and Big City Mountaineers. She has a Masters in Education with a concentration in recreation administration from the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in Adventure Education from Prescott College. She enjoys mountain biking, and commutes to work by bike daily. 



see full list of summit speakers here


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


Gold Sponsors

 Tennessee Department of Transportation Walk Bike Nashville

City of Knoxville

Silver Sponsors

 Elizabeth Eason ArchitectureMast Genreal StoreTVB-Tennessee Valley BicyclesGreat Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway CouncilSmoky Mountain WheelmenRPM Transportation ConsultantsBenner LawHarper Auto SquareTN15_Bike Tours Direct

 Bronze Sponsors

Hyde Family FoundationsWolf River ConservancySCO Southern Cycling OperationsBike ZooMemphis HightailersDero Bike RacksVictory BicycleEnnis-FlintAlta Planning + DesignET Children's Hospitalsummit medical group



First Tennessee Bank Trust Division     |     Murfreesboro Bicycle Club      |       Overton Park Conservancy      |       Shelby Farms Park Conservancy


Register today for the 4th Annual Tennessee Bike Summit in Knoxville!

  • One Day

    Registration for EITHER Thursday (April 23) OR Friday (April 24)
  • Registration

    Regular Registration Rate

Registration will close at by noon CST (1pm EST) on Tuesday, April 21.

If you’re having difficulty with the registration software, you may register using this form  TN Bike Summit Registration     and sending a check to Bike Walk Tennessee.


Bike Walk Tennessee

903 Windgate Road

Knoxville, TN 37919


Have we got a healthy helping of bike culture for you. Gears, grits, and guitars are just some of our favorite things. We are serious about not taking ourselves too seriously.

  • Summit Sessions

    Summit Sessions Planning and Infrastructure Track (IP) 1  \\\\   Bicycle Safety Improvement Projects: High Hazard Identification earn 1.25 PDH/CM  –  AICP / ...

  • Summit Map and Bike Rental Info

    View a map of conference event locations here. . Bike Rentals You’re in Knoxville, a place best seen from the saddle, and as you all know, biking rules! One of our...

  • Summit Schedule

    2015 TN Bike Summit Schedule *** There are three tracks including  Infrastructure and Policy (IP), Recreation and Development (RD), and Advocacy and Education (AE)....

  • Where to Stay

    Our conference hotel is The Crowne Plaza located at 401 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville TN 37902. We have received a special TN Bike Summit conference rate of $95 for...

  • Where to Ride

    Mountain Biking – Whether you prefer to ride flat and easy or tight and twisty or somewhere in between, Knoxville has trails for your enjoyment. Mountain biking on...

  • Outdoor KnoxFest

    Outdoor Knoxfest – April 25-26 – Come to learn, stay to play! The Outdoor KnoxFest is the perfect companion to the TN Bike Summit. This event showcases...


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Bike Walk Tennessee

903 Windgate Street
Knoxville, TN  37919

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