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The 2016 Wisconsin Bike Summit will be held on Saturday, May 21st in La Crosse, WI at the Radisson Hotel.  The Summit is scheduled to complement the UW- La Crosse Extension  Midwest Active Transportation Conference to be held on May 20th. Registrants of both events will receive a discount.

We are pleased to welcome our featured speakers –   Mayor Tim Kabat will provide Opening Remarks and our Keynote Speaker is Dr. James Longhurst, Associate Professor of History at UW-LaCrosse and author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road.

Presentation topics include:

  • Get Noticed on
    •  Are you looking for a way to publicize your biking event, bike trails, bike club, rentals, bike shop, or bike-friendly business? Get listed on! The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s signature consumer website saw 7.3 million user sessions in 2015 from customers who were investigating FUN opportunities in Wisconsin. Our website already has a robust biking section – but it could be stronger. Learn how to get your information placed for free in the Tourism database for use on, social media outreach, articles, PR and media outreach, customer service inquiries, and publications. is our call to action with all of our marketing efforts. Get noticed today!
  • Using all the Gears for Economic Development and Community Benefits 
    • The historical overview of a Waukesha County bicycle-pedestrian facility that originated as a small railroad serving area stone quarries, including a discussion of phased acquisition and development of a 16 mile regional facility, description of community cooperation and connections, discussion of the wide variety of funding used from 1978 to 2016, and the results of the generation of economic development activity and community benefits.
  • Adapting Bikes for Children with Physical Disabilities – the Power of Possibility!
    • Our partnership with Brent Emery, bike shop owner, former US Olympian and “bike whisper” ensures that children with physical disabilities are able to ride bicycles by providing adaptive bikes that are customized for the unique needs/abilities of each child.
  • The Route of the Badger: Creating a World-Class Trail System in Southeastern WI
    • We will provide an overview and update on the Rails to Trails Route of the Badger project, which, in partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Federation, is an ambitious effort to create a 500 mile seamless trail system in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Senior Cycling: Getting Seniors in the Saddle for Health and Fun
    • Learn about trends in cycling for senior citizens and people recovering from life’s challenges. The session will cover some or most of accessibility on the move and storage, road safety, getting to the store, social riding and senior groups, health benefits, adapting the cycle to the rider, and resources.
  • Better Living Through Trails
    • This presentation explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition to increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies, participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system, and learn how to effectively market a trail system. This presentation is a great way to show the community that a club is concerned with the health of the local citizens, the health of local green spaces and the health of the local economy.
  • US Bicycle Routes in Wisconsin: Planning and Designation
    • A combined communication and workshop on the US Bicycle Route System. There will be an explanation of the US Bicycle Route System, the progress to date on USBR 30 (La Crosse to Milwaukee), and the plan for additional USBRs in WI in line with the nearly-completed state bike plan. There will be an opportunity for audience interaction and input and development of action plans for implementing four more USBRs in WI.
  • Bike Skills and Drills
    • Bring a bike and helmet for this on-bike class. Bike handling, crash avoidance techniques, and emergency stopping will be taught along with helmet fit and the ABC Bike Check.  This is the same training the Share & Be Aware Ambassador team receives and it’s perfect for those who want to educate themselves OR learn these safety skills to teach them to others.

We’ll also have a few Bike Fed-led discussions on Mountain Biking, the Vulnerable User Law and crafting the state and local policy direction for the Bike Fed.

Below is the tentative schedule for the day – we’ll have ride options available as well throughout the day and will conclude the day at a local venue for food, drinks and camaraderie!  We’ll also have some family-friendly ideas posted in the next few days  in case you want to make it a family weekend!

Registration info is available here. Hope to see you in La Crosse!  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at

Hotel rooms at the Radisson are available at a reduced rate until midnight, Friday, April 29th. Please contact the hotel for more information or to reserve a room at 608-784-6680 or 800-333-3333.  When reserving a room, please ask for the Annual Bike Summit rate.

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Registration 8-8:30
Welcome 8:30 to 9:00
Session 1 9:15 to 10:15
Session 2 10:30 to 11:30
Lunch 11:45 to 12:55
Session 3 1:00 to 2:00
Session 4 2:15 to 3:15
Session 5 3:30 to 4:30