As the pandemic has broken many of our everyday routines, it has also provided opportunities to improve on the past. That’s the case with the California Bicycle Summit, which will be preceded by three advance symposia: free, online sessions with thought leaders in bicycle advocacy from around California and the world. The first symposium will take place on October 12, 2021, on Zoom.
A new way to Summit
Every two years, CalBike convenes the California Bicycle Summit, a gathering of urban planners, government officials, and bike advocates to discuss the future of biking in California. Because of COVID concerns, the in-person event that we would have ordinarily scheduled for October 2021 will happen April 6-8, 2022.
Leading up to that joyous reconvening of the California bicycle advocacy community, we have scheduled three advance symposia. Each will be held on Zoom and is free of charge, but advance registration is required.
Advance Symposium #1: Cycling for Sustainable Cities
One of the advantages of Zoom is that we can pull in leading voices from across geographies. We’re excited to have Ralph Buehler and John Pucher present on Cycling for Sustainable Cities. The two scholars are the editors of Cycling for Sustainable Cities, a must-have anthology for bike advocates.
Cycling should be feasible for as many people as possible and not limited to especially athletic, daring, well-trained cyclists riding expensive bicycles. Their presentation will explore how cities can make city cycling safe, practical, and convenient for a broad spectrum of ages, genders, and abilities.
Buehler and Pucher will discuss the latest cycling trends and policies around the world and consider specific aspects of cycling. Based on data from 2019-2020 from cities worldwide, this session will also review the impacts of COVID-19 on cycling levels, plus government policies to promote cycling.
The presentation will show how the successful promotion of cycling depends on a coordinated package of mutually supportive infrastructure, programs, and policies. After the presentation, there will be breakout sessions to discuss how California cities can turn these ideas into action.
We hope you can join us. Registration is free.
California Bicycle Summit Advance Schedule
Here’s the full schedule for the Advance Symposia
Symposium 1: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Cycling for Sustainable Cities
Symposium 2: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lessons from Latin America
Symposium 3: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Inspiration for 2022: California Advocacy Success Stories
We look forward to meeting in person at the California Bicycle Summit, April 6-8, 2022, in Oakland, California.