Please gather together with your fellow cycling enthusiasts at the annual Wisconsin Bike Summit, to be held on Friday, November 6th at 9am at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Network and learn from professionals and advocates from all across the Midwest, and participate in a day of community, advocacy, and bicycling.

The theme of this year’s Summit is Shifting Gears. We have several exciting sessions planned and will conclude the Summit with an exclusive tour and reception at the History Museum at the Castle, featuring an expanded version of the exhibit Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling.

The summit is geared to anyone who understands the value of bicycling in the life of the individual and the community – planners, advocates, educators, engineers, policymakers, enthusiasts.

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Registration fee includes lunch and entry to the reception at the Museum at the Castle.

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The Schedule*

Registration – 8:00 to 9:00am

Welcome – 9:00 to 9:20am

Representative Mike Rohrkaste;  Dave Cieslewicz

Please note: There are four options available to attendees during each session.  All of the presentation options are listed below.

Session 1 – 9:30 to 10:30 am

Wisconsin Mountain Bike Master Plan Work Session

The WI Bike Fed is now in its second full year with a dedicated staffer working on mountain bike advocacy. After two years working with many of the local mountain bike clubs and understanding some of the important work that is going on around the state, we need to continue to engage the mountain bike community at large and determine where efforts need to be focused. In this session, the Bike Fed will share some of this knowledge as well as solicit input from the mountain bike community as to what areas of the sport the WI Bike Fed can help with to make Wisconsin a better place to ride a mountain bike.

The Bike Fed’s Share & Be Aware Program – Local Outreach, Statewide Impact

After a brief review of the S&BA program, the workshop will lead participants through a quick SWOT analysis of each region to make S&BA and the Bike Fed more effective at the regional level for the future.

Growing the Bicycle Advocacy Movement By Increasing Engagement Locally 
Learn about the Bike Fed’s newest initiatives to grow membership and participation locally through “Membership in a Box” and a University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Organization Chapter.

Slow Roll Chicago: The Transformative Power of Bicycles

This talk will focus on the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement and its approach to utilizing bikes as vehicles for social change, transforming lives and improving the condition of our communities. The discussion will do a deep dive into the concept of bicycle equity and its role in advocacy work.

Session 2 – 10:45 to 11:45am

WI-DNR Master Planning and Mountain Bike Access

Learn about the process for planning state lands and how to work with the DNR on bicycle access.

Creating Community with Bicycling

A discussion of the various programs employed by the Bike Fed in traditionally underserved neighborhoods and how to start them in your community. Highlights include art intersection installations, Mobile bike repair and the Smart Trips program, Connect 53212.

Appleton’s Bike Ambassador and Earn-a-Bike Programs; Well City Fox Cities

Attendees will learn of the history of Appleton Bike Ambassador program, how it benefits the community and how to start a program in their neighborhood. Additionally, they will learn how to organize, start, maintain and expand an earn-a-bike program by leveraging community members and local bike shops. Well City Fox Cities will present on incorporating cycling into their employee wellness initiative.

A Non-Traditional Approach to Bike to Work Day

In April and May 2015, Oshkosh North High School students conducted a bike awareness and advocacy project in the city of Oshkosh. The goal was to get the citizens to ‘shift gears’ in their behavior or daily routine by using bikes. The culmination of the project was a Bike to Work Day in the city of Oshkosh.


Lunch – 12:00 to 1:15pm

Keynote Speakers: Charlie Cooper, People for Bikes;  Kelsey Regan

Charlie will speak about the current state of bike riding in the U.S. He’ll detail who is riding and why,  how we can get more people riding more often and discuss the  barriers & gateways to greater bike riding participation.
Charlie is the Vice President of Membership and Development at PeopleForBikes. He oversees the organization’s efforts in fundraising, membership growth, corporate sponsorships, as well as marketing & communications. PeopleForBikes is uniting millions of individuals, thousands of business and hundreds of communities to make riding better for everyone. Previously, he was the President of Leisure Trends Group, a market research company serving the outdoor, snowsports, sporting goods, running and cycling industries. Charlie has a well rounded background having early career chapters with NASCAR and video game publisher, EA SPORTS. Born in Madison, WI and raised in Indianapolis, Charlie now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children. He has fully embraced everything Colorado has to offer, from skiing, to mountain biking to the CU Buffs & Denver Broncos.
Kelsey will talk about her experiences with ultracycling, explain why would anyone ever want to do something crazy like that and tell you how you are capable of riding farther than you think you can!
Kelsey started biking in 2011 just to get in shape and quickly got addicted. In 2012 Kelsey was looking for a new adventure so she set off on a three week solo self supported bike tour riding up and down the state of Wisconsin from her hometown in Davenport, IA to Lake Superior and back. Halfway through the trip she found out about the UltraMarathon Cycling Association cross-state records and that no woman had set a record in Wisconsin. Even though she had very little cycling experience and had never biked more than 100 miles in a day, she decided to make it her goal to establish the women’s record. In August 2015, Kelsey was successful in her record attempt, biking the 380 miles from the Illinois border near Big Foot, IL to the northernmost town of Red Cliff, WI in 22 hours and 4 minutes of continuous biking, coming close to the men’s record of 21 hours and 25 minutes.

When Kelsey is not on crazy bike adventures, she lives in a tiny house near Mineral Point, WI where she is starting an organic vegetable farm to provide fresh, healthy produce for people in Southwest Wisconsin.
Awards Presentation: National Bike Challenge Winners, Bike Fed Advocate of the Year, Bike Fed Youth Advocate of the Year; Bike Fed Volunteer of the Year, Mayor Tim Hanna

Session 3 – 1:30 to 2:30pm

Incorporating Bike Parks and Singletrack into Master Planning
Creating comprehensive parks and green space plans can be a daunting task. Incorporating mountain bike facilities into those plans presents a different challenge. Learn from the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s regional staff how communities across the country are addressing this challenge. Help your next park or green space project be on the forefront of recreation planning by incorporating mountain biking.

How to Start a Trips for Kids Mountain Bike Ride Chapter for Underserved Youth

A presentation of the history of Trips for Kids and how to start a chapter including: 1) What we provide to new chapters, 2) The yearly requirements 3) The benefits of being a TFK chapter.

State Agency Bicycling Report
A update on the State Bikeways Plan will be provided as well as a review of the upcoming TAP funding cycle and other initiatives of importance to bicyclists.

An In-Depth Study of Wisconsin Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes

This presentation will describe trends in Wisconsin pedestrian and bicycle safety from 2004 to 2013 and provide an in-depth understanding of the characteristics of pedestrian and bicycle crashes reported between 2011 and 2013. It will focus specifically on serious crashes (crashes resulting in fatal and severe injuries). The results provide support for education, enforcement, and engineering strategies to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Session 4 – 2:45 to 3:45pm

IMBA Ride Center Panel

The Panel will consist of representatives from Wausau, WI, Cable-Hayward, WI,  Duluth, M and Marquette, MI.

The Ride Center designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. Hear the stories of the some of the Midwest’s Ride Centers at all levels. Learn about their successes and struggles, the process each group engaged in, and what the designation means to their community. Also hear from some groups striving to obtain Ride Center status and how they are mindfully planning with the possibility of designation in mind.

Women in Cycling – the Ladies Revolution!
The session will include a review of the Women and Bicycles program and how it works locally and a discussion about Ladies’ Revolution – an all women bicycle group based in Milwaukee that promotes both sharing knowledge of bicycles and the willingness to learn from peers. Attendees will also learn about the BellaDonnas of Milwaukee,  and lessons learned about organizing women and increasing the presence of women in cycling.

Biking Success and Life in the Cycling Community

A discussion of the ways in which presenters maintain their professional lives in cycling and how to interface with the cycling community not only locally but on a national level. The presentation will reflect other topics and themes that emerged throughout the day.

HealthTIDE – the New Wave; Weight of the Fox Valley – To Win, We Need To Lose
A discussion of HealthTIDE and its emerging statewide priorities related to walking, bicycling and complete street,s and a review of general information about the obesity rates in the Fox Valley area and the Weight of the Fox Valley initiative.

Session 5 – 4:00 to 5:00pm

Tees to Trails…a Proposed Golf Course becomes Mountain Bike Trail System at Minooka Park

This session will cover the Master Plan update process from a mid-1960′s plan to a new plan that incorporates current needs for this 579 acre regional park. Attendees will understand the planning process used, survey and needs assessment, mountain bike trail team design with landscape architects, planners, surveyors, operational staff and volunteers from the bicycling community; and will understand the environmental, economical and health benefits of the design and implementation of the trail system.

Building Better Bicycling for Women of Color: Black Girls Do Bike

Black Girls Do Bike Milwaukee co-leaders will discuss their experience launching a women’s cycling group to encourage and empower more women in communities of color to get on bikes. This talk will focus on the initial successes and challenges of leading this effort, and investigate the assumptions and barriers that prevent more women of color from riding.

Bike Tourism and its Impact on the Economy of the Community

Attendees will learn how to expand the recreational tourism brand, establish their community as a national destination for cyclists and yield impressive economic results.

Biking for Health: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Study of a Bicycling Intervention to Improve Physical Activity in Inactive Adults in Urban Neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This talk will discuss the results of the study and lessons learned, including participants’ perceived benefits and barriers to bicycling at both locations, and how those findings can be used to encourage bicycling and inform policy.

Bonus Session  - 5:00 to 5:45pm  

What does local mean to you? Join Executive Director Dave Cieslewicz for an informal discussion of the Bike Fed’s work at the local level. We want to know how we can best work with you to improve conditions where you live and work. This open discussion will start at the Warch Center and continue over drinks at the Castle reception.

Reception – 5:30 to 8:00pm

Please join us the Museum at the Castle for the opening week of Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Bicycling.  Mingle among the exhibits while enjoying local live music from the Redhawks and libations.

Thursday Welcome Moonlight Ride

Riders will meet at the Fountain at Houdini Plaza on the SE corner of North Appleton Street and College Avenue. Lights and helmets are required.  This no-drop ride will be for approximately 60 minutes with a  8-10 mph pace. Riders are encouraged to enjoy the specials offered to participants at Bazil’s Pub after the ride. Facebook event information can be found here.

Saturday Bike Ride Options

There will be four ride options available on Saturday morning.  All rides will convene from  in Art Alley by the mural and Seth’s Coffee drive thru (north of alley).  Seth’s is offering 15% off as their Bicycle Benefits deal during the Summit.  Route maps will be posted as they become available and sign ups for the rides will be located at the registration table.  The two longer rides will begin at 8am and the shorter length options will begin at 10am.

Packer Fan Ride – Appleton to Lambeau Field and back (about 60 miles)
Oshkosh B’Gosh – Appleton to Oshkosh and back, across the Tribal Heritage Trail Bridge on Interstate 41 (about 60 miles)

A Trestle Trail Adventure – Appleton to Neenah, a future destination trail development, Loop the Little Lake.  (about 15 miles)

Appleton History Ride – Site seeing in Appleton, hot and cool spots! (about 15 miles)

*please note this schedule is subject to change

The Venue

The summit is being held in Lawrence University’s award winning Warch Center. Details on directions and auto parking can be found here. Bike parking is available both on campus at various locations and the Bike Fed will be providing event bike rack parking for both the Summit and the reception at the History Museum at the Castle.  Please look for the signage at each location indicating the location of bike parking.

Traveling to the Venue

If you are interested in rideshare or a bus/van from Milwaukee, Madison or LaCrosse, please contact

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn
Rooms set aside for the Wisconsin Bike Fed Summit under the code: BIKE. Guests may call the hotel directly at (920)730-1900 to make reservations. Online booking is unavailable The discounted rate of $85 + tax up until the day of the event based on availability.

Copper Leaf Hotel
A block of rooms is available under the name Wisconsin Bike Federation and the date (November 6th 2015). The rate is $99.99 for a Copper Double or a Copper Queen.

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Registration fee includes lunch and entry to the reception at the Museum at the Castle.

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