This year the Wisconsin Bike Summit will be in Milwaukee on May 4th at UW-M School of Continuing Education. The Summit features a number of sessions that focus on Milwaukee-specific cycling issues and equity, as well as many speakers addressing topics of interest to suburban and rural residents as well. With sessions on road rage, transportation policy, suburban and rural bike planning, building trail networks, improving bicycle network way-finding, and even a future with autonomous cars, there is something for everyone no matter where you live and ride.
SUMMIT WELCOME IN THE BALLROOM 9:15 – 9:45AM
Opening remarks from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Wisconsin Bike Fed Executive Director Dave Cieslewicz, and Tonieh Welland from Black Girls Do Bike.
SESSION ONE 10:00 – 11:00AM
Option A: If Equity Mattered
Presenter: Anthony Taylor
The workshop will challenge participants to make Equity and the creation of Equitable outcomes as the foundation of their advocacy work in active transportation and community development. This journey will present participants with the opportunity and the challenges communities of color experience in this country.
Option B: Transportation Policy and Vision 2050
Presenters: Rob Henken & Kevin Muhs
With the Trump administration already cutting TIGER and New Starts what is the future outlook of bicycle and pedestrian projects at the federal and local level?
VISION 2050 was adopted by the Commission in 2016 and recommends a long-range vision for land use and transportation in the seven-county Southeastern Wisconsin Region. The plan makes recommendations to local and State government to shape and guide land use development and transportation improvement to the year 2050.
Option C: Community Bike Planning
Presenters: John Siegert, Jon Antonneau, and Sandie Pendleton
Hear how a ragtag team of citizen advocates overcame tall odds and common sense to create enthusiasm in their town and fund the City’s first-ever Bicycle Master Plan.
Learn how to organize and promote a commuter challenge in your community, from the group who managed to get little Shorewood, Wisconsin designated as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
Option D: Project Funding
Presenters: Brigit Brown & Tanya Iverson
This session will provide information and answer your questions about state and federal funding available for your bike project through the Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources.
SESSION TWO 11:10 – 12:10PM
Option A: Trail Networks
Presenters: John Siegert & David Flowers
Learn how to get involved in creating this legacy project for Wisconsin and how Route of the Badger is addressing equitable access to trails.
There are limited bike routes or greenways available to communities and businesses on Milwaukee’s North side. A collaborative vision continues to emerge, with 30th street Industrial corridor Greenway as part of that vision.
Option B: Women & Bikes
Presenters: India Viola, Carolyn Weber, & Tonieh Welland
We need to create an equity-based process to create a proactive pipeline for recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining women as mechanics in the bike service industry
What Ladies Revolution and Coast In has done over the last four years to increase more commuters in the Milwaukee area.
Why are so few women SEEN on the road? Hear from local MKE cycling leaders about how to create a COMMUNITY of female riders and strategies to create SAFE SPACES for women cyclists to learn, share, ride, repair, and grow together.
Option C: Bike Share Equity
Presenters: Caressa Givens, Lee Jones, & James Hannig
A recap of Bublr’s and PeopleForBikes funded work with Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee to provide discounted passes to their residents.
Despite becoming increasingly more popular in cities across North America, many bikeshare systems have received criticism for not reaching minority and low-income populations.
Option D: Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking
Presenters: Maggie Dauss & Rick Banks
Learn about the Milwaukee Method of Creative Placemaking work with our core demonstration project, The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project.
LUNCH IN THE DINING ROOM 12:20 – 1:20PM
Join professor and cyclist Melody Hoffman as she speaks on the erasure of people of color in bicycle advocacy and how to change this dynamic. In her new book “Bike Lanes Are White Lanes,” Hoffman explores how the bicycle’s meaning changes in different spaces, with different people, and in different cultures.
NETWORK MIXER 1:20 – 1:50PM
Meet other advocates, planners, electeds, or concerned citizens in your respective fields. Take some time to meet each other and share some experiences.
SESSION THREE 2:00 – 3:00PM
Option A: Free Bikes 4 Kids
Presenters: Peter Gray, Michael Johnson, & Andy Quandt
This is the success story of the FB4K Madison Pilot season, the immediate impact it has had on the community and what we are building to support the effort. After FB4K founder Terry Esau spoke at this very summit last year, catching the attention of Wisconsin Bike Federation board member Peter Gray, Peter told Andy all about it, and Andy was hooked. Andy invited Terry down to Madison to present to the newly formed Bicycle Equity Committee that Peter organized—and the rest, as they say, is history.
Option B: Small Town Case Studies
Presenter: Mike Basarich
While not on the first page of most people’s “Best Cycling Cities” list, there are nonetheless many communities who are moving the needle with respect to innovative and progressive active transportation design and engineering. What can we learn from under-the-radar communities pushing the design and programming envelope?
Option C: Bike Planning Data
Presenters: Kristen O’Toole & Robbie Webber
This session will introduce how you can collect and use data to educate your community, offer improved programming, and create other countermeasures to protect people who walk and bike. Additionally, it will cover emerging practices that could advance bicycle planning considerably: accessibility measures and bicycle trip data.
Option D: Motorist Psychology
Presenter: Russell W. Brethauer, Psy.D.
This presentation will provide an overview of the social psychology theory of reactance (Brehm & Brehm), 1981) in order for attendees to consider a social scientific theory in evaluating motor vehicle-bicycle interactions/incidents.
Option E: Walking Tour
Presenter: Chris Socha
Grand Avenue Mall Lobby
Discuss the application of Architect Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language analysis to the urban environment and how it can help people look at and assess their own neighborhoods.
SESSION FOUR 3:10 – 4:10PM
Option A: Path to Platinum
Presenters: Bob Schneider Ph.D., Kate Nelson, Nicholas La Joie
In pursuit of the League of American Bicyclists’ Platinum Standard for a Bicycle Friendly Community for the City of Milwaukee, the Path to Platinum effort is putting community needs first to drive this endeavor. Learn about the community driven effort that simultaneously uses a grassroots and top-down approach to create a safer and more bike friendly Milwaukee.
Option B: Grassroots Bike Programs
Presenters: Michelle Bachaus, Cheryl Zadrazil, Evan Pack
Learn about the Yuba Mom Go and Bike! Bingo – sponsored by a Maternal/Childhood Obesity Grant in the Fox Valley. Businesses offering support and encouragement to mothers with young children are featured on a bingo card and meet and ride every week.
In conjunction with a bike donation/giveaway, we hosted a refugee and immigrant bike safety fair. Stations included: Helmets with fitting, Ride Right, ABC quick check, Bike handling skills and food!
The Bingo Card features Bicycle Benefits businesses which are part of a National network of bike friendly businesses who reward people for arriving by bike, wearing a helmet, by offering them some kind of discount. bicyclebenefits.org
Option C: Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks
Presenter: Tim Gustafson
With the release of a new publication by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks (STAR) Guide focuses on design guidelines that aim to improve bicycling and walking in communities seeking solutions more tailored to their small town needs.
Option D: Self-Driving Cars – Dream or Nightmare?
Presenter: Dave Cieslewicz
The future of autonomous vehicles and what they mean for traffic safety.
SESSION FIVE 4:20 – 5:20PM
Option A: Biking While Black
Presenters: Mary Wisnieski & Keith Holt
Mary’s investigation into bike citations in Chicago found that more than twice as many tickets are given in majority-black neighborhoods, compared to white or Latino areas. Learn how biking can be used against people of color by police as an excuse to harass people.
Hear about the vision for a great bike city from a Black bike advocate—Sharing insight, and perspective from professional Black bike advocate who has lived and worked in Chicago, Milwaukee, and New Orleans.
Option B: Wayfinding
Presenters: Sonia Dubielzig, Renee Callaway, & Tony Giron
Learn why bicycle wayfinding is a low-cost investment with big benefits to cyclists, and how modern bike wayfinding is designed to get more people biking. We will have an interactive discussion about what type of wayfinding participants want in their communities, and give participants a chance to experience some of the decision-making process.
Option C: Kids & Bikes
Presenter: Dan Tyler
How do you get from a day of biking at school to a lifetime of biking to school? What holds kids back from biking more? Join us for a talk about our “Exercise to Achievement” after-school program that gets kids riding right at their own schools, and the barriers we’ve discovered that keep kids from riding more. Hint: YOU can help get more kids riding in your community, too.
Option D: What’s next for Milwaukee bikeways?
Presenters: Melissa Cook, Jeff Polenske, & Gage Brogan
A panel of experts will share what’s in store for the future of Milwaukee’s bike facilities.
POST SUMMIT RECEPTION AT ALE ASYLUM 5:30 – 7:00PM
Join the Bike Fed for a beverage and some snacks. Just an 8 minute walk north on Old World Third Street, the Ale Asylum is located at 1110 N Old World Third Street.