This year, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will hold the 7th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit on August 8, 2017. The Bike Summit is a weekday, one-day conference intended to educate the community on key issues related to bicycling in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and to provide a forum for people working on transportation to network and share ideas. Attendees are often citizens, city and county staff, elected officials, business representatives, consultants, non-profit workers, Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee members, and others working in transportation. Last year we had over 200 attendees.

This year, we would like to broaden the audience and participants in this event. We are soliciting proposals for session and speaker ideas via this form. Please share this form broadly so we can have a dynamic and varied Bike Summit. The form will be open from February 1-28, 2017. Decisions on sessions will be made in March and April 2017.

Benefits of presenting at the Silicon Valley Bike Summit:

  • Exposure to an audience of over 200 transportation stakeholders and decision-makers
  • Educate leaders and community members on important issues related to bicycling
  • Gain support for your project/idea
  • Inspire similar projects in our region

We are formatting the Bike Summit so that topics fit into one of the “E” categories (see more about the E’s in our Vision Zero Toolkit). Each session will be approximately one hour long with multiple speakers or presenters. Examples of topics and issues areas are given below, though feel free to propose ideas outside of these.

1.    Evaluation and Planning: Better bike plans; Towards more inclusive and collaborative public planning processes; Funding for bike projects
2.    Engineering: El Camino Real bikeways; Low-stress bike networks; Bike access on transit
3.    Enforcement: How cities are tackling Vision Zero and enforcement/equity issues; Automated Speed Enforcement – potential legislation that allows speed cameras (like red-light cameras); Street safety beyond traffic collisions: how violence and crime prevention interacts with biking
4.    Education: Safe Routes to Schools best practices; Equity in Safe Routes to School funding and programs; Adult bike education programs
5.     Encouragement How do you build bike culture and create successful behavior change programs?: Open Streets events; Bike repair training programs for youth or other groups; Social rides and BikePool; Transportation Demand Management successes; Bike Share programs; Affordable housing and bikes
6.    Equity and Engagement: How affordable housing, gentrification, and displacement are related to active transportation; Case studies of housing and transportation projects/policies working together; Bike Share and challenges with equity