Call for Proposals

Tennessee Bike Walk Summit
September 24 - 25 2020
Cleveland, TN

Bike Walk Tennessee is thrilled to issue a call for speakers for the 2020 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

While we will not have specific tracks this year, proposal preference will be given to those that focus on improving access to public space for people who walk and bike.  Below are some topics to consider:

Trends in Biking and Walking-   

  • Bike Share programs impact on transportation planning
  • E-bikes are bringing in new riders
  • Ideas for novel lower cost bike and ped infrastructure
  • Optimizing technical assistance and funding in small and rural towns in order to improve 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 walking and biking
  • 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
  • Educating community members how to understand, recognize, and address issues that impact safe biking and walking


Format Options

Each presentation 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 – 45 minutes; 15 minutes for questions 
  • Panel Presentation – 15  minutes per person with no more than 3 presenters; 15 minutes for questions 
  • Pecha Kucha presentation format -  6 presentations with about 15 minutes for question

Submitting a Proposal

Please complete our Proposal Form completely and submit to Lindsey Kimble ( by Friday, June 5th.  Selected proposals will be announced by Friday, June 19th.

Summit registration fees will be waived for presenters. (Please note: Maximum of 3 complimentary Summit registrations included per 45 minute presentation and 2 complimentary registrations per 20 minute presentation)