Submit a proposal for the 2015 California Bicycle Summit

We are accepting proposals for presentations Print at the 2015 California Bicycle Summit in San Diego October 25-28.

To submit your proposal please go here. The deadline to submit is by midnight July 31, 2015.

With equity as the overarching theme, the Summit will address the following topics:

  • Open Streets — get the best advice on how to create or improve an Open Streets event in your community, sponsored by CicLAvia.
  •  Building Better Bikeways — latest and best practice in (re-)designing our streets and paths to create networks of low-stress bikeways connecting our destinations, sponsored by Alta Planning + Design.
  •  Movement Building — learn from the best among California’s leading bicycle advocates how to strengthen your voice for more bicycle-friendly communities.
  •  Prosperity — biking is good business, and good for the economy.
  •  Education — best practices in educating drivers and bicyclists about safe sharing of the roads.
  •  Health — bicycling help create more healthy communities for all, and health advocates can advocate for more bicycling.
  •  Enforcement — what role does enforcement play in promoting more safe bicycling?
  •  Communications — how to successfully use both new and traditional media to reach all Californians effectively.

The theme of equity will ensure that we address bicycling’s intersection with class, race and gender, including such topics as gentrification, multicultural outreach, women in leadership, and making bike share equitable. However, proposed topics do not necessarily need to address equity; our steering committee, in shaping the final program will ensure that panels include a perspective on equity. Speakers do not automatically receive a discount; however, a large number of scholarships will be available, so we invite you to propose a topic even if you need financial assistance to attend.

Here are some formats to consider:

  • Best Practices Brainstorm Sessions – a sixty minute facilitated session with three short five-minute presentations on three best practices from around the state on the given topic (i.e. growing a diverse membership base). After the presentations three participants will be selected to share one challenge they’re dealing with along the theme. Participants will be broken up into three teams with the presenters as the lead. Each team will brainstorm on one of the challenges and come up with a three point strategy for resolution. These strategies will be shared at the end of the session and participants will be encouraged to keep in touch and see how the strategies work out.
  • Mobility Workshops – hands on learning session by biking or walking using San Diego as the classroom.
  •  Interactive Training Sessions – these hour long sessions will focus on overcoming one main challenge (i.e. creating a successful social media outreach campaign) of one of the summit’s themes with measurable results as the goal.
  • Poster or short PechaKucha-style Presentations – these are short eight to ten minute long presentations using posters or slide shows.
  •  Panel Discussions – these ninety minute sessions focused on one summit theme will have one moderator and three presenters giving short eight minute talks. We’re looking for presentations dealing with real world problems with measurable results that can be replicated throughout the state. Panels can have traditional Q & A, but more dynamic interactive formats are sought.
  • Mentor Networking Jams – these thirty minute sessions will give participants access key thoughts leaders in bike advocacy.
  • Plenary Presentation – these are fifteen to thirty minute talks that highlight this year’s conference theme as a subject.
  • Short Live Talks – a five minute live talk that will be part of a series of storytelling sessions throughout the summit. These should be engaging “aha” moment talks along the theme of the summit. Think of the presentations given at

To submit your proposal please go here. The deadline to submit is by midnight July 31, 2015.

The California Bike Summit will host 300 people passionate about making our communities healthier, safer and more vibrant through bicycling. The summit travels between Northern and Southern California every other year. The 2013 summit hosted in Oakland California sold out.