Plenaries, parties, and 28 breakout sessions!
California Bicycle Summit Program
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Tuesday, October 15th
Welcome Breakfast | 7:30 am
Buffet breakfast service begins at 7:30 a.m.
Welcome to Intersections: the 2019 California Bicycle Summit
We'll hear welcome speeches from CalBike's Board Chair Cynthia Rose; the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition's Executive Director Eli Kaufman; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (invited); California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (invited); John Bulinski, Caltrans District 7 Director; and a keynote address from Harris County Texas Commissioner Rodney Ellis.
Intersections Interpersonal Interactive
At 9:15, we will all turn to the page in the program that illustrates the intersectionality of bicycling advocacy. Follow the instructions to meet your fellow conference-goers and understand their intersections better.
Breakout 1 | 10:00 am
From Research to Toxic Tours, the Youth who Formed ROAR in West Long Beach
Ride On All Roads (ROAR) was developed by youth leaders to address the lack of bike infrastructure and safe passageways for folks who depend on their bikes to get around. These rides spurred residents to conduct their own community-based research on some of the environmental justice issues they saw in their neighborhoods helping lead to the creation of our newest annual bike mobilization: The West Long Beach Bike Toxic Tour. This panel will discuss the history and narrative behind these formative movements in hopes of inspiring other community members to harness their power and create actions that center their stories.
Replace your Elected Officials (maybe with yourself)!
Sometimes decision makers can't be convinced; they have to be replaced. This workshop is for everyone who is or wants to be involved in electoral politics: whether as a candidate or an activist supporting a candidate.
The Active Transportation Program and Innovation
California's primary funding source for biking and walking has provided over $1 billion to over 700 project in its six years of existence. This panel will look forward to the program's potential to fund projects that serve as a junction for community needs and model active transportation projects. Are transformative projects more likely to increase walking and biking?
Breakout 2 | 11:15 am
Caltrans District Active Transportation Plans are Underway
Caltrans has just begun to develop an active transportation plan for each of its 12 districts. Each district's plan will identify active transportation improvements needed on, across or parallel to the State Highway System, with an objective of connecting to local active transportation networks. Throughout the study process and as part of each plan, there will be an emphasis on social equity. The presentation will include an overview of the statewide process and district level experience with the public engagement process.
Equitable Community Outreach and Partnership Models in Oakland and San Jose
For Oakland's 2019 Bicycle Plan and San Jose's Bike Plan 2020, planners tossed out the old playbook on public involvement. Oakland officials identified five community organization partners and added them to the project consultant team, based on their geographic focus and deep knowledge and experience with transportation, housing, equity, and other social justice issues within these underserved areas of Oakland. San Jose planners used community partnerships, social media, and innovative strategies to reach their 1.1 million diverse residents. This workshop will discuss the hits and misses and lessons learned from these intentional efforts to engage communities whose voices have historically been overlooked.
How to Integrate Equity into Bike and Pedestrian Advocacy
Equity is often tossed around these days as a buzz word that many advocacy orgs use to bolster their credibility, but many do not fully understand what equity means or do not grasp how to integrate it fully into their activities. Equity is more than just saying you represent a community, it is how you integrate that community into your activities and how your organization builds trust and relationships within those communities. Through real world examples, we will illustrate several campaigns that successfully integrate equity as a core tenet and work with attendees to reshape their own campaigns to better integrate equitable principles.
Leveraging the League's Bicycle-Friendly Communities Program
Over the last 25 years, the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community program has helped thousands of communities begin their journey to improve bicycling and benchmark themselves against other communities. America's public health crises of physical inactivity and traffic violence require multifaceted solutions. This presentation will focus on how community actions can create healthier places by improving bicycling through a flexible framework that recognizes the many paths to making bicycling safe, comfortable, and open to all.
Lunch Plenary | 12:30 pm
These DOT Directors Get It. What's Standing in Their Way?
The chiefs of transportation for Los Angeles and Oakland came to their positions having earned reputations as leaders in the field of active transportation. Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, came to that post after leading San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's Livable Streets Division in charge of biking and walking transportation in that city. Similarly, Ryan Russo came to be the Director of Oakland's Department of Transportation after implementing progressive bike and pedestrian improvements in New York City as Deputy Commissioner and one-time Director of Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs. They will be joined by Kome Ajise, Executive Director for the Southern California Association of Governments, who we know from his years as the Chief Deputy Director at Caltrans and one who we could count on to solve our bike problems when we needed help at that sprawling state agency. These leaders get it. They want what we want out of our transportation system. Yet progress is slow, so slow. What's standing in their way? What can we do to help them be more successful? This should be a lively conversation.
Breakout 3 | 2:15 pm
Build It Quickly Part One: From Pop-up to Permanent
Low-stress networks with protected bikeways and intersections will transform our communities, but it will be decades to build them, with current processes. Can't we do it faster? Part One of this two-part workshop series looks at how San Jose went from a week-long pop-up protected bikeway to a two-year quick-build network of protected bikeways and intersections - all using inexpensive materials. It also looks at the “Go Human” program of the Southern California Association of Governments which has implemented 36 tactical urbanism projects as official advocacy for safer street infrastructure. Our third example is from San Diego's El Cajon Boulevard, a vision zero corridor which will soon get a pilot 3-mile bus lane where bikes are allowed. Learn from their successes and mistakes so your city can avoid them, as well as how the quick-build project led to a successful grant application to make the quick-build “paint and plastic” facilities permanent with hardscape improvements.
Cycling Without Age
Stories from the Santa Barbara chapter of Cycling Without Age, a national network of bike organizations for older adults. What is the potential for e-bikes to expand the joy of bicycling to older adults. What's the latest on the role of bicycling in supporting health and vitality?
Grassroots Bike Shops that Build Community
Every community needs a bike shop, but many (including most low-income communities) are "bike shop deserts" Community bike shops can be the oasis for residents who need a bike shop within walking distance, and can help build community and create jobs for neighbors. Learn from Oakland’s proposal to put community bike shops in neighborhood branch libraries, and from leaders in community bike shop development around the state.
Breakout 4 | 3:30 pm
Bike Advocacy and the Housing Crisis
California is facing an acute housing crisis. We know that new housing next to transit can help meet the need for housing while reducing the need for driving, but it faces opposition from long term residents concerned about traffic and changing neighborhood character. Complicating the situation, without proper planning new development along transit will displace low income transit riders and bicyclists and actually increase car use. How do we balance all of these conflicting pressures in bicycle advocacy, and what should we do?
Homeless in Sacramento | Photo by Bob White, flickr
Build It Quickly Part Two: The Network is the Project
In this session, we look at the political and technical tools behind two additional strategies cities have used to build whole bikeway networks quickly. First, we look at New Orleans, Louisiana and Fremont, California, where leaders have decided to consider the bikeway network itself as the (single) bike project instead of the eventual result of scores of separate projects. Then, we look at San Francisco's landmark "Quick Build" policy that has resulted in protected bike lanes being constructed within weeks of the decision to do it.
Jim Dyer, Flickr
Police Training for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Tired of explaining to police officers CVC 21202? Attend this panel to see how this team developed a training for an audience of police officers with summarized bicycle & pedestrian crash data and recap on new and relevant laws. Hear from the officer hired to deliver the presentation and listen to efforts to expand the training for use throughout the State of California. The panel will also address strategies to help local teams coordinate with agencies, and how to build trust with departments while still acknowledging the potential challenges related to policing today.
Reception | 5:00-6:00 pm
Meet and greet with Summit attendees and presenters.
Movie Night & More | 7:30 pm
Join us for bicycle-related movies and fun activities!
Wednesday, October 16th
Breakfast Plenary | 7:30 am
Buffet breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. in the courtyard.
The New Urban Mobility
The promise of the new urban mobility is the ubiquitous availability of affordable, lightweight, and low-impact transportation devices for short trips. Shared bikes, e-bikes, scooters, and whatever-is-next present an unprecedented opportunity to transform urban transportation by replacing cars for most short trips.
But this opportunity has existed with bikes for a century already; is this time really different? The profit motive of automobile companies propelled the dominance of cars in our cities a century ago; will the profit motive of the micromobility companies propel the success of micromobility this time around? What does it matter that Lyft and Uber own the country's largest bike share operators? Can public institutions leverage this moment to ensure access and inclusion for everyone, instead of enhanced mobility for the advantaged and reduced service for the rest of us?
Lime scooter; photo by Ian Sane, Flickr
Breakout 5 | 10:00 am
Cycling & Health
An analysis of the Bay Area Transportation Plan found that every dollar spent on safe bicycling infrastructure saved $2.80 on health care costs. Learn how state and local health departments are responding to this reality by funding bicycle advocacy, and how you can be a part of it.
How to Communicate to Win the Hard Fights
The conventions for engaging our audience have evolved drastically over the last decade with the rise of active transportation planning and social media. How can we communicate beyond the “bicyclist community” to win support for politically challenging projects? The goal of this panel is to create a dialogue about the successes and failures of different communication strategies. We'll examine the strategy that won the Mar Vista Great Streets Project and how communications have been handled in other communities.
Scooters - What's a City to Do?
In less than two years, scooters have accounted for more than 40 million trips in U.S. cities. Good news, or bad? The scooter boom, funded by billions of dollars of private capital, is both a threat to walking, biking, and equitable transportation in cities, and a potential boost to low-costs car-free urban transportation that will strengthen the demand for safe streets in all our neighborhoods. What can we do as city leaders and advocates to leverage the potential of scooters for good? With San Jose’s deliberative and research-based approach as an example, this workshop will discuss the shared micromobility regulatory environment that protects people walking, avoids curbside clutter, sets firm requirements for data-sharing, and enables systems that improve mobility and quality of life.
The Beautiful Bikeways of the Auckland Bikeway Network
Unprecedented levels of investment in a comprehensive cycling network has increased cycling into the city center by more than 60% since 2013, and resulted in some beautiful new bridges and bikeways. This presentation will provide details on the Lightpath and Nelson Street bikeway, Grafton Gully bikeway, Beach Road bikeway, Quay Street bikeway, Ian McKinnon bikeway and the planned Skypath bikeway across Auckland’s Harbor Bridge.
Breakout 6 | 11:30 am
Bicycle Activism in Latin America
Since 2015, an entrepreneur, a photographer, two journalists and a high school student have teamed up to create Colombia's BiciActiva Radio. They broadcast live radio and podcasts on the topics of urban cycling, safety, infrastructure, and other mobility, and the intersections of all those diverse stakeholders. Frank Aguirre and his partners at the Urban Cycling Collective BCSicletos work to reclaim the streets in La Paz, Baja California Sur, México. The moderator will be Chris Morfas, formerly Executive Director of CalBike, currently a volunteer for Councilmember Mafe Rojas and the mayoral campaign of Claudia López.
Economic Development and Safer Streets through Bicycle Tourism
Bicycle tourism is a big business. When business leaders understand that, they develop a new incentive to make bicycling a safe and easy thing to do in their community. Plus, bike tourists with credit cards can be a huge economic boost to depressed rural communities. Hear from the experts in bike tourism about what you can do to take advantage of the bike tourist economy.
In 2014, Los Angeles Metro passed an award-winning First Mile-Last Mile Strategic Plan. Because "everyone loves it," as a Board member claims, the plan was converted to a program in 2016. This workshop will feature the program's director explaining how they plan and implement first-last mile access for new transit stations, and plan retrofit access for existing stations. We'll hear from the full-time staffer hired by the Bay Area Rapid Transit to work with local governments to improve bike access to stations, and from CalBike's own expert on the role of micromobility in providing first-last mile access, especially as it relates to the southern San Joaquin Valley cities.
The Next Best Intersectional Urban Bikeway Projects
For over 30 years, Normal Street in San Diego was supposed to be a community space by official designation. But only since 2012 when SANDAG began moving forward with its Bike Early Action Program has there been serious planning. Now, with unprecedented collaboration among SANDAG, the City of San Diego, and local organizations, a community-driven plan to transform this space is in place.
In El Monte, ActiveSGV staff worked with community members, the Council for Watershed Health, Climate Resolve, and other nonprofits, to secure funding from the State Coastal Conservancy to transform Merced Ave . into a 1.1-mile greenway. Currently at 60% design, the plan calls for a protected, sidewalk grade level multiple use trail that will capture stormwater, improve safety, and make it easier for people to be healthy. It's a model of coupling transportation and water funding to achieve a more climate resilient community.
Lunch Plenary | 12:30 pm
How L.A.'s Biking Community Is Expanding. Hint: It's not about bike advocacy
Afternoon Tours | 2:00 pm
LA River Path: Closing the Gap
Meet in the courtyard
Everyone knows the LA River. You may remember the large, trapezoid-shaped concrete river bed, topped with rows of high voltage power lines from such films as Grease and Terminator II. Channelized mostly in the 1930s, the once meandering LA River is experiencing a rebirth. Agencies up and down the river are working to bring nature and people back to the river. One project, funded by Measure M and breaking ground in 2023, will enable recreational and transportation use of the river by closing an 8-mile gap to create a 32-mile-long continuous bike path, completely separated from automobile traffic. The project will not just knit together the path – it will connect all of the communities in between, including Elysian Valley, Union Station – Los Angeles’ regional transit hub, Boyle Heights, Vernon and Maywood. Join us on a ride of the existing LA River Path to discuss the opportunities and challenges of closing the gap.
Breakout 7 | 2:00 pm
Climate Crisis and the Bicycle I—Green New Deal
The Green New Deal aims to save our planet from climate catastrophe while elevating our quality of life, especially the most vulnerable among us. But in the proposed federal GND, bicycling does not warrant even a mention. What role can the bicycle play in averting climate disaster?
Creating Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy by and for Women
Women account for approximately one-fifth of everyday bicycle users in most of California. They are under-represented among people who bike for transportation, recreation, and sport. What can we do to make bicycling more accessible to women? This workshop will present some answers by the women who are in fact doing that!
E-bikes Extend the Reach of Active Transportation
Electric bicycles have changed the way we get around. The flatten hills, shorten distances, and make hard trips easy. They make bicycling a viable option for people with children or other heavy loads, elderly folks, and those with certain disabilities. CalBike's campaigns to promote and support e-bikes have found success: e-bike share is now part of the Clean Mobility Options for Disadvantaged Communities program, and low-income residents are eligible to receive vouchers for e-bikes when they turn in their polluting cars. But straightforward purchase incentives, like the state gives for electric cars, are still not available. This workshop will review the latest in studies that show the benefits of e-bikes in reducing greenhouse gases and why the state funds should support e-bikes even more than they support electric cars.
Breakout 8 | 3:30 pm
Climate Crisis and the Bicycle II—Local and State Strategies for a Sustainable Transportation Revolution
Nearly half of carbon emissions in California come from transportation, largely from on-road travel. While a transition to electric autos is helpful for the long term, even EV optimists project that by 2040 the great majority of vehicles on the road will still be burning gasoline. To avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we need big, bold action and a lot more funding now to build a clean transportation system of bike and transit networks that will be up and running in 10 years. Join us to brainstorm on state & local fundraising and organizing strategy to get from here to there. This will be a participatory session.
Windmills on Market: Doing more meaningful community engagement on walkability and transportation.
Through our work we have seen first hand that fundamentally people value belonging to a place and connecting with the world and people around them. We need to adjust how we do community engagement so that these values are reflected in our infrastructure.
Party | 7:00 pm
Join CalBike for this fun get-together!
Thursday, October 17th
Morning Tours | 8:15 am
#ActiveSGV Campus Tour
Meet at Union Station bike share pod
A public transit/cycling adventure from the CA Endowment into the City of El Monte to tour and visit the SGV Bicycle Education Center. Participants would go from Union Station, jump on the gold line east toward Azusa, exit at Arcadia Station, ride approximately 5 miles to the SGV Bicycle Education Center in El Monte. Participants would be able to check out the Jeff Seymour Family Center where multiple nonprofits are hosted, including ActiveSGV. Through funding from CalFire and in partnership with Amigos de Los Rios, ActiveSGV has created a bike skills park and pump track on campus! The campus is able to host bike safety classes, repair workshops, Earn a Bike program, and Learn to Bike classes for all ages.
Art and Alleys of the Arts District
Meet at 9:30 at the Union Station bike share pod
The Arts District Los Angeles is like an open air gallery, full of murals, and street art. This special Bicycle Summit version of Handlebar Bike Tours' most popular tour will focus on the urban era history of the district from its beginnings as a transit hub to its current day struggles with gentrification. You'll learn about the more significant artists who are there today, and what organizations and developers are doing to preserve affordability for artists. You'll tour the most famous street art and graffiti of the district as well as hard-to-find gems in back alleys best reached by bicycle, a fine art gallery, and an artists' co-op.
Bicycle Tour of Santa Clarita - LA's High Country
Meet at 8:15 inside Union Station for 8:29 train departure
The City of Santa Clarita is located 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles in a valley formed by three mountain ranges – The San Gabriel to the South, the Santa Susana to the West and the Sierra Palona to the North. With a population of 216,000, it is the third largest City in Los Angeles County.
The City maintains a network of 40 miles of Class I bike paths across its 64 square miles. In addition to the steep topography surrounding the City, its form is influenced by arterial roads curving between neighborhoods, and the Santa Clara River. Much of the City’s trial system runs along the river and its tributaries with under crossings of roadways to create a unique, uninterrupted trail experience.
City staff will lead the tour and answer questions regarding how the network came about during the City’s 32 years of existence and provide a glimpse of how active transportation can be included in the connected city of the future.
Don't be late. You'll need time to buy tickets and walk to the platform in time for train's departure at 8:29 sharp!
LA Is Here to Explore Ride
Meet in the courtyard
Group rides are a great opportunity to bond and what a better way to put a stamp on this year's conference than exploring LA by bike? From Downtown to Griffith Park riders can take in iconic views and sites such as Dodger Stadium, Silver Lake, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign. The distance will cover roughly 20 miles, features climbing for intermediate riders and above, and would be ideal in the early evening or morning.
Walking Tour of Downtown LA
Meet in the courtyard
Breakout 9 | 9:00 am
CalBike Track: 2020 Legislative Agenda
Vouchers for e-bikes? Accountability to climate goals at the California Transportation Commission? Automated speed enforcement? Changing the rules that prohibit lowering speed limits? Clarifying a bike rider's right to use a full lane? These are some of the ideas that CalBike could work on in 2020. This session will give you an inside look into how CalBike sets its priorities on an annual basis, and a chance to influence them.
LA Track: The State of Advocacy in LA: Where’s the momentum?
Updates on Los Angeles bicycle advocacy efforts
Breakout 10 | 10:30 am
No workshops in this session.
Closing Lunch | 12:00 pm
Join with your fellow attendees to reflect on lessons learned at the Summit and plans for the future.