Wisconsin Bike Summit Presentations

The bicycling community comes together at the annual Wisconsin Bike Summit. Join us for a full day of equity, advocacy, and cycling, May 4th in downtown Milwaukee.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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