Statewide speak-out at the Washington Bike Summit: What will you teach? What will you learn?

What will you teach? What will you learn? We hope you’ll answer both these questions by Friday, Nov. 19, 2016, as we gear up for the next Washington Bike Summit, to be held March 20-21, 2017, in Olympia.

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​What will you teach?

Submit your proposal for a session by Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. An "incomplete" proposal is ACCEPTABLE in this round. If you have a topic and at least one speaker identified and would like suggestions for additional speakers to round out the voices and geographies represented, go ahead and submit.

Whether you recruit and moderate a panel presentation, lead a hands-on workshop, showcase a great event or project, or run everyone through a maze representing the process of infrastructure design, permitting and construction, tell us what you’d like to share at the Summit. Broadly, your presentation should address creative and inspiring approaches--or lessons learned from something that didn’t go as planned--for one or more of the Es: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, Equity, Economy.

Presentations need to include diverse speakers and examples from multiple parts of the state, or be designed in such a way as to show how lessons learned could be applied in urban, suburban and rural contexts and different types of communities and demographic groups. How will your topic help us achieve bicycling for ALL?

What will you learn?

Tell us what topics are of most interest to you with the survey by Friday, Jan. 14, 2017. We’ll use your input to help us select and shape sessions.

The 2017 Summit is being held during the legislative session. Advocates will have the chance to connect with legislators and state leaders. Public agency staff and others will have professional development content options.

What's it like to attend?

The Summit features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, guided workshops, prize drawings, delicious meals and all-around great opportunities for networking with other folks who share your passion for bikes. With so much to take in, we’re sure you’ll ride away with new-found inspiration, new connections, and some sweet Summit souvenirs.

We're meeting in the state capital during the legislative session. Advocates will have the chance to experience the legislative process. Public agency staff will attend continuing education workshops while advocates meet with legislators.

Who attends the Washington Bike Summit? 

  • Advocates for bicycling, safe streets, and trails
  • Elected officials and community leaders
  • Public agency staff from every level of government
  • Educators
  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Public works
  • Community development
  • Economic development
  • Public health
  • Travel and tourism
  • Business
  • Bike industry from retail to manufacturing to services
  • YOU

Interested in sponsoring the Summit?

Contact Mike Thompson, MikeT@cascade.org. Our sponsors make it possible for us to keep the cost of attending as low as possible.

When can you sign up?

Watch for registration to open in January.

What did people teach and learn at past Summits? (Just a taste--the Summit is a feast.)

To see more, check out the Storify round-ups from 2016 and 2015.