Bike/Walk Tennessee announced that the third annual Tennessee Bike Summit will be in Nashville this year from May 14-17. The Tennessee Bike Summit brings together policy makers, bike advocates, engineers, planners, designers, and bike shop owners to work towards making Tennessee a more bike-friendly state. Bike/Walk Tennessee is partnering with the local advocacy group Walk/Bike Nashville to bring the summit to the state capital.
The schedule is comprised of two and a half days of workshops and plenary sessions, and includes speakers from around the state and country. Keynote speakers include:
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Kim Wiley-Schwartz-assistant commissioner New York City Dept. of Transportation
Jim Sayer-executive director of Adventure Cycling Association
Brighid O’Keane--Advocacy & Programs director for the Alliance for Biking and Walking
Toks Omishakin--TDOT assistant commissioner and Chief Environment & Planning Bureau.
Caron Whitaker, vice president of Government Relations, League of American Bicyclists
In addition to the keynote addresses, breakout sessions will include workshops in four different topic tracks: Advocacy; Policy and Funding; Business, Tourism and Recreation; and Infrastructure, Engineering, and Design. Workshop speakers include public officials, professional experts, advocates, and business men and women from across the country, including representatives from the Adventure Cycling Association, the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Walking and Biking. The full version of the schedule can be seen at www.tnbikesummit.org.
Over 20 different agencies and businesses are sponsoring the TN Bike Summit, including Bike Walk Tennessee, Walk Bike Nashville, TDOT, Metro Nashville, the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation, Hawkins Partners Inc., Gresham Smith and Partners, RPM Transportation Consultants and REI.
The summit will take place t the Sonny West Conference Center at the Howard Office Building, 700 2nd Avenue South, Nashville, Tn. 37210.
Conference Housing is at the Hyatt Place at 855 429-9566 (code BW54)