Call for Proposals

Tennessee Bike Walk Summit
May 9 - 10, 2019
Knoxville, TN

Bike Walk Tennessee is thrilled to issue a Call for Speakers for the 2019 TN Bike Walk Summit in Knoxville. This year, Bike Walk Tennessee will again be focusing on walking and biking at our annual summit. This focus stems from a commitment to building streets that are safe and inviting for all people. We believe that our communities are stronger and more economically vibrant when people walk and bike.

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

The purpose of the Tennessee Bike Walk Summit is to:
educate and facilitate collaboration among attendees
promote bicycling and walking as key parts of a healthy transportation network and an economic driver
highlight Tennessee’s progress toward becoming a state known for walking and biking

Proposals are being accepted under three tracks this year, and preference will be given to proposals that focus on improving access to public space for people who walk and bike.

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

Trends in Biking and Walking-

  • Bike Share programs
  • E-bikes are bringing in new riders
  • Success of novel lower cost bike and ped infrastructure
  • Bike/ped projects in small and rural towns that improve their livability and economy
  • Transportation demand management strategies that optimize all transportation modes to decrease traffic congestion
  • Updating zoning codes to increase walking, biking and transit


Let’s Make it Safer for Biking and Walking-

  • Vision Zero initiatives with goals to decrease traffic injuries and deaths
  • Traffic safety infrastructure interventions that prioritize walking and biking
  • Safe Routes to School programming
  • Outreach strategies for the public, elected officials and law enforcement on benefits of multi-modal transportation networks
  • Driver’s Education on sharing the road with non-motorists
  • Youth bike and walk education programs


Diverse Community Partners’ Impact on Biking and Walking

  • Policy creation and implementation that prioritizes the vulnerable transportation user
  • Activating a culture shift that embraces more transportation choices
  • Expands funding sources that increase active transportation connectivity/ accessibility
  • Development of population health initiatives based on improving the built environment
  • Develops a broader base for elected officials to assert their “political will” for biking and walking issues


Format Options
Each workshop will be one-hour. Groups of presenters and panel style proposals are strongly encouraged.

Individual presenters may be asked to join presentations that are complementary to form a panel.
• Individual Presentation – 40-45 minutes. 15 to 20 minutes for questions
• Panel Presentation – 15 minutes per person with no more than 3 presenters. 15 minutes for questions

In your proposal, please note whether you would prefer to be on a panel or present as an individual.

Submitting a Proposal
Proposals should include your topic,  a summary of your presentation, whether you would prefer to present as an individual or a panel (if panel, please include other presenters), and your contact information.   Please email your proposal to Lindsey Kimble ( by Friday, March 1st at 5pm.  

Selected proposals will be announced by Friday, March 15th.

Summit registration fees will be waived for all presenters.

See you in Knoxville!