Tennessee Bike Walk Summit - 2018

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Tennessee Bike Walk Summit

May 31 - June 2, 2018

Nashville, TN



Streets for All:

Innovative Projects, Inclusive and Effective Partnerships, and Engaging Decision Makers

 to Promote Biking and Walking in Tennessee 


Bike Walk Tennessee is thrilled to issue a call for speakers for the 2018 TN Bike Walk Summit in Nashville.  This year, Bike Walk Tennessee is focusing on walking and biking at our annual summit. This focus grows 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.


Innovative Projects

  • Is there a project that has made a significant impact in your city, town, or region? Was it a trail, an on-street facility, a pedestrian plaza, a pocket park? Something else?  Was it a demo project, or a long term installation?  How did you build public support for the project?  How did you persuade government officials to support the project?  What can participants learn from the type of project that was implemented?
  • What are the key design elements of the project? Did the project model itself after another successful installation, or was it deeply innovative? How did you include stakeholders in developing the design?  What can participants learn from your design?
  • What was the timeline for implementation? What were the snags? What can participants learn from the implementation phase?
  • Presentations from planners, engineers, and city officials are strongly encouraged. The projects do not have to be in Tennessee, but Tennessee projects are preferred.


Inclusive and Effective Partnerships - Including Law Enforcement

  • Presentation from advocacy organizations or decision makers about how to build relationships with underrepresented populations or non-traditional biking and walking allies are strongly encouraged.
  • Presentations from advocacy organizations that partnered with law enforcement are also strongly encouraged.
  • How did your partnership expand the diversity of your campaign or movement? Did the expanded diversity include age, gender, race, or religion? Something else?
  • If you partnered closely with law enforcement, how did you do this - and why?
  • What were the challenges to diversifying your partner base? What were the benefits?
  • What were the challenges in a partnership between law enforcement and advocates?
  • Preference will be given to co-facilitated panels that include an advocate or government official and a new partner.
  • Preference will also be given to co-facilitated panels that include advocates and law enforcement personnel.


Engaging Decision Makers

  • How have you developed relationships with policy makers, elected officials, engineers, planners, or other individuals working within a government body in order to promote more walking and biking in your community or in the state?
  • In what ways was your engagement traditional - e.g. phone calls, meetings with elected officials, petitions, etc. In what ways was your engagement innovative - e.g. rides with elected officials or co-facilitated public meetings?
  • How have you sustained and deepened relationships with officials over time?
  • We strongly encourage proposals that are co-led by both advocates and decisions makers.


Please Note: Your proposal does not have to fit precisely into one of the topic areas. We encourage proposals focusing on a variety of communities - urban, suburban, and rural - in an effort to address the challenges and solutions for as many populations as possible.


Format Options

Each workshop will be one-hour and fifteen minutes.  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 to 1 hour. 15 to 30 minutes for questions
  • Panel Presentation – 15 to 20 minutes per person with no more than 4 presenters. 15 to 30 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

Please submit proposals to Anthony Siracusa (anthony@bikewalktn.org) by Friday, March 30th, 2018.


Selected proposals will be announced by Monday, April 2.


Summit registration fees will be waived for all presenters.


See you in Nashville!