Thank You, 2017 Tennessee Bike Summit - Recap & Highlights

16 sessions.
21 sponsors & supporters.
35 speakers.
100+ attendees from across the state.

Thank you everyone who joined us for this year's Tennessee Bike Summit! 

If you haven't already, please send your feedback! Submit by Monday, June 5, and you'll also be entered to win a $25 gift card to the winner's choice: Amazon.com, Better World Books (new & used books with social mission, or The Clymb (outdoor gear deals).

The event kicked off with a Rally for Safe Streets at City Hall on Thursday, May 18. Keynote speakers included People for Bikes, Rails to Trails, elected officials Mayor Jim Strickland, Senator Mark Norris, Senator Lee Harris, and representatives from TN Departments of Health & Transportation

Video of the keynotes can be (re)watched Facebook here and check out the writeup on Memphis Daily News, "Summit Features Calls for Changes in Push for Bike Ways." 

This year's sessions focused on 1) Policy and Planning, 2) Advocacy and Organizing, and 3) Youth Programs.

Check out #TNBikeSummit highlights posted on social media here and presentations on SlideShare.

 

We could not have done this without the support of sponsors, volunteers, and all of you. Thank you!

  

The 2018 Tennessee Bike Summit will be head in Nashville, date TBD.

See you next year! 

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Everything you need to know for #TNBikeSummit

It's here. Your go-to guide, tips, and reminders for Thursday & Friday's Bike Summit!

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May 18, 4pm
Rally for Safe Streets

Be a part of demonstrating our commitment to complete streets. Let's show City leadership, Tennesseans are eager to support the City Council and the Mayor in taking active steps to fulfill commitments to basic public safety through design of our largest public space -- our streets.

More details & RSVP on Facebook.  

Rally for Safe Streets, Memphis

Getting to TN Bike Summit by foot

Watch the Facebook Live tour here.

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We also have a tour of Mud Island River Park here if you missed it! 

Full program schedule

Program and schedule now available on TNBikeSummit (click here). Includes locations, featured speakers, workshop info, more

Location & Parking

If you follow this link, you will find the Google Maps location for Mud Island. This will get you over to the Island, at which point you will want to head to Harbor Landing (pictured below).

How to enter Pedestrian Bridge  


If all goes as planned, the bike-pedestrian bridge will be open for the duration of the Summit (we are working diligently on this), making it easy to walk or bike there.
You can enter the bike-ped bridge in the space between City Hall and the Federal Building on Main Street - where all the international flags are located (towards the back of the photo above).

Traveling by car? 
  • Drive over to Mud Island (that Google map link again)
  • At the traffic circle, take a left
  • Let the security guard know you are here for the TN Bike Summit
  • Park in the lot pictured here, as relative to Harbor Landing
Parking lot relative to Harbor Landing

For more tips and the latest updates, follow along on Facebook and Twitter. (We'll also be returning to Instagram @bikewalk_tn at the Summit. If you'd like to get a head start following over there, we'd greatly appreciate it!)

Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for the latest and real-time updates. 

On site registration - Price increase

Registration on day of will be $125. Get your tickets by midnight Wednesday, May 17 to save! 

Reminders

Signups for the Mobile Workshop, personally guided by Dane Forlines from the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, are still open. Email tnbikesummit@bikewalktn.org with subject “Mobile Workshop RSVP: <name> to reserve your bike.

On social media? Use #TNBikeSummit to share where you're coming from, connect with fellow bike/pedestrian advocates and urban pros, add to the Memphis buzz that we're in town! We'll also be returning to Instagram @bikewalk_tn at the Summit. If you'd like to get a head start following over there, we'd greatly appreciate it!

That link again to register and check out the full schedule here

Shout out to our generous sponsors and thank you everyone for being part of this year's Bike Summit! 

See you soon!

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Countdown to TN Bike Summit: Video tour and tips getting around

It's almost here! We are just one week away from our 6th annual statewide Bike Summit. 

Here are some nuts and bolts.

Hopefully it's old news now, the Summit has moved to Mud Island River Park (click for details)! Thank you again to the Riverfront Development Corporation for their support with the re-location.

Bike Walk Tennessee President, Anthony Siracusa, did a walk-through and video tour to share with you.

Watch the Facebook Live recording here.

Anthony tours Mud Island River Park on Facebook Live


Location notes 

If you follow this link, you will find the Google Maps location for Mud Island. This will get you over to the Island, at which point you will want to head to Harbor Landing (pictured below).

How to enter Pedestrian Bridge  


If all goes as planned, the bike-pedestrian bridge will be open for the duration of the Summit (we are working diligently on this), making it easy to walk or bike there.
You can enter the bike-ped bridge in the space between City Hall and the Federal Building on Main Street - where all the international flags are located (towards the back of the photo above).

Traveling by car? 
  • Drive over to Mud Island (that Google map link again)
  • At the traffic circle, take a left
  • Let the security guard know you are here for the TN Bike Summit
  • Park in the lot pictured here, as relative to Harbor Landing
Parking lot relative to Harbor Landing

For more tips and the latest updates, follow along on Facebook and Twitter. (We'll also be returning to Instagram @bikewalk_tn at the Summit. If you'd like to get a head start following over there, we'd greatly appreciate it!)

Reminders 

Signups for the Mobile Workshop, personally guided by Dane Forlines from the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, are still open. Email tnbikesummit@bikewalktn.org with subject “Mobile Workshop RSVP: <name> to reserve your bike.

Map out your day, register, and check out the full schedule here

Thanks to all our speakers, sponsors, and volunteers, near and far. And of course, to YOU, for being a part of this year's Summit, at such a critical time for bike and pedestrian advocacy.

See you soon!

 

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TN Bike Summit updates! Location change, Volunteers wanted, discount codes!

The Summit is just 2 weeks away! We have a couple important updates, asks, and goodies to share with you.

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Gas Tax Moves Forward, Bike to Work Month Kicks off, Countdown to TN Bike Summit

Hello, Spring! May is a busy month for biking and walking in Tennessee! Here are a few highlights and updates on happenings, policies, and news out around the state and beyond.
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UT Knoxville Survey: Tennessee Voters Support Increased Spending on Biking and Walking Infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 2017

 

CONTACT: 

Anthony Siracusa  

901.482.3979    

anthony@bikewalktn.org   

 

CONTACT:           

Andrew Dupuy     

202.370.7905      

drew@railstotrails.org

 

Tennessee Voters Support Increased Spending on Biking and Walking Infrastructure

University of Tennessee survey finds majority of Tennesseans value biking and walking infrastructure as investments in safety

 

NASHVILLE—As the Tennessee General Assembly convenes its session next week, it is widely expected to consider proposals by Gov. Bill Haslam to increase transportation revenue in the state. A new survey, conducted by a center within the Social Work Office of Research & Public Service at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville), finds that Tennesseans support greater investments in biking and walking infrastructure as well as funding for multimodal transportation—highways, roads, bridges, trails, sidewalks, bike lanes and public transit. Tennessee voters also believe decision-making about transportation spending should occur at the local level.

 

“This survey shows that Tennesseans want more biking and walking opportunities in their communities,” said John Paul Shaffer, board chairman of Bike Walk Tennessee. “Voters believe that more sidewalks, separated bike lanes and off-street trails can make a difference in the safety and quality of transportation options for everyone in the state, regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban or rural communities.”

 

Support for biking and walking infrastructure isn’t limited to large urban areas. A majority of respondents in small towns and rural non-farm areas indicated there were “too few” on-street bike lanes, walking and biking paths, and off-street trails in their communities. Support for spending any revenue increase on multimodal forms of transportation was highest in small cities (64.1 percent), followed by towns and large cities (58.7 percent each), rural non-farm areas (53.6 percent) and small towns (50.4 percent).

 

“Tennesseans from Memphis to my Dutch Valley farm in East Tennessee’s Anderson County want safer, better transportation options for themselves and their children to walk, bike and get around,” said Marianne Wesley Fowler, senior strategist for policy advocacy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. “But they also want the ability to make decisions locally about the transportation options that work best for their communities.”

 

Safety and local control were important considerations for Tennesseans. Nearly two-thirds (66.2 percent) of registered voters indicated that adding a separated bike lane would improve safety for both vehicles and bikes. Respondents—including Republicans and those from communities of all sizes—would also be more likely to support a gas tax increase (43 percent) if decisions about how to spend it were made at the local level.

 

Bike Walk Tennessee and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy commissioned the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in the Social Work Office of Research & Public Service at UT Knoxville to conduct a survey of 762 registered Tennessee voters in October 2016. Surveys—completed using landline sampling, cell phone sampling and a web panel—resulted in a margin of error +/- 3.6 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. A summary of survey findings may be viewed here.

 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.railstotrails.org.

 

Bike Walk Tennessee is a nonprofit organization committed to making Tennessee a great place for people who walk or bike. Founded in 2009, Bike Walk Tennessee advocates for policies and infrastructure that enhance the safety of roads and trails across the state. Bike Walk Tennessee believes that biking and walking create vibrant, healthy communities that contribute to economic development and quality of life. For more information, visit www.bikewalktn.org.

 

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UT Study: Tennesseans Want Investments in Walking and Biking

With a gas tax increase among the most important topics for the 2017 Tennessee legislature, a new study from UT Knoxville shows that a majority of Tennesseans want more investment in biking and walking. 

According to a poll conducted by the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, if the gas tax is increased, 57% of Tennesseans support increased funding for biking, walking, and transit.

A majority of registered voters also believe that investments in walking and biking infrastructure are investments in safety.  

And finally, Tennesseans said they are more likely to support a gas tax increase if local governments retain control over how to spend this money.

This groundbreaking study from UT Knoxville shows definitively that Tennesseans want their transportation network to include more trails, more sidewalks, and more bike lanes.

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Call for Proposals || TN Bike Summit

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

TN Bike Summit 

May 18 - 20, 2017

Memphis, TN

Building Better Communities: 
Policy, Advocacy, and Youth Initiatives

Bike Walk Tennessee is thrilled to issue a call for speakers at the 2017 TN Bike Summit in Memphis.

Bike Walk TN gladly welcomes proposals under other topics, but proposals addressing the following topics will be strongly considered:

Community, Advocacy, and Organizing

•  What strategies do you use to organize people who walk and bike in your city or town?  Group Bike Rides? Open Streets? Tactical Urbanism? Digital and social media campaigns?  How do you organize and mobilize people who walk and bike?  What has worked? What hasn’t worked?

• What kind of citywide Encouragement Programs are you involved with (Ride to Dinner, Tour de Lights, Bike Share)?

• Do you actively collaborate with other public and private sectors or local movements - in health, housing, or food access for example?  How have these connections aided your work to promote biking and walking 

• Presentations from retail bike shops, retail running shops, and other retailers working to encourage more people to walk, run, or bike are also strongly encouraged 

Policy, Planning, and Government

• Presentation from MPOs, TPOs, and local government administrators about their efforts to promote and evaluate walking and biking are strongly encouraged

• Presentations from State Administrators about current efforts to promote and evaluate walking and biking are strongly encouraged

• Presentations from private planning firms about excellence in developing and executing walking and biking projects are strongly encouraged 


Community Bike Shops and Youth Initiatives

• Presentation from community bike shops about their programs and efforts are strongly encouraged

• Presentations from schools and educators about how they promote walking and biking are strongly encouraged

• Initiatives by Church Youth Groups, Boy Scout Troops, Girls and Boys clubs, and other religious and civic groups to promote walking and biking and also strongly encouraged

Please submit proposals - 300 words or less including a title and other possible presenters - to Anthony Siracusa (anthony@bikewalktn.org) by Friday, January 27, 2017.   Selected proposals will be announced by Wednesday, February 1. Summit registration fees will be waived for all presenters.

(Follow this link to download full CFP)

See you in Memphis! 

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Give the Gift of Safer Streets

2016 was a great year for walking and biking in Tennessee.  

With your help, Bike Walk Tennessee protected funding for walking and biking projects in communities from Memphis to Johnson City.  

The fifth annual Tennessee Bike Summit in Chattanooga was a huge success, and we look forward to a return to Memphis in May.  

Our partners at Bike Walk KnoxvilleBike Walk Chattanooga, and Bike Walk Memphis were joined by new partners in Bike Walk Murfreesboro and Bike Walk Brentwood. Our network of advocates across the state continues to grow.  

We advanced the US Bike Route System in Tennessee, and will certify US Bike Route 21 in the Spring of 2017.

With transportation funding among the most important topics in 2017, Bike Walk Tennessee has more opportunities than ever before.

A gift to Bike Walk Tennessee will go directly to the movement for great streets in cities and towns statewide - a movement for communities that invite people to walk and bike and encourages economic development and prosperity for all.

This holiday season, consider the gift of safer streets in Tennessee.

And remember: it's your support that keeps us moving.

Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons, and sending joy for the new year,
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Anthony C. Siracusa 
President 
Bike Walk Tennessee
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2016 TN Bike Summit Call for Speakers

TN Bike Summit
April 22-23, 2016
Chattanooga, TN

 

We are now accepting speaker proposals for the 2016 TN Bike Summit in Chattanooga!

The TN Bike Summit attracts a unique mix of participants from local government, bicycle advocacy, bicycle retailers, and a wide variety of partners in health, environment, and transportation.

The purpose of the TN Bike Summit is to:

• educate and facilitate collaboration among attendees
• promote bicycling as a key part of a healthy transportation network and an economic driver
• highlight Tennessee’s progress toward becoming a bicycle friendly state

 

Proposals are being accepted under three headings, with suggested topics under each:

Public Health

• How the Built Environment Impacts Health
• Measuring Health Outcomes of Bicycle Facilities
• Bridging the Gap: Funding for Health and Transportation

 

Bicycle Tourism/Economic Development
• Economic Benefits of Bicycling
• U.S. Bicycle Route System: Route Selection, Outreach, and Designation
• Building a Regional Vision for Bicycle Tourism

 

Infrastructure and Policy
• New Practices in Bicycle Facility Design
• Road Diets and Intersection Improvements
• Interim Solutions & Tactical Urbanism
• Planning and Building Great Trails

 

Note: Your proposal does not have to fit precisely into one of the topic areas. We would like to see proposals focusing on a variety of communities, urban, suburban, and rural, so that all participants’ issues are addressed.  

 

Format Options

Each format will be a one-hour block with time for questions and moving to the next session. Blocks may be combined into longer sessions if requested.

• Presentation – 45 minutes (interactivity encouraged)
• Panel Presentation – 15-20 minutes (these will be grouped by theme)
• Mobile/Hands-on Workshops – 45-90 minutes (offsite is possible)

 

Submitting a Proposal

Please submit proposals to Matt Farr at matt@bikewalktn.org by Monday, February 29. Selected proposals will be announced by March 7. Summit registration fees will be waived for all presenters.

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