The 2nd National Bike Summit will take place in Ottawa May 28th & 29th

Building on the success of the 1st National Bike Summit, this event will bring together cycling and active transportation stakeholders from across the country, so that together, we can take tangible steps towards building a bike friendly Canada.


  • Demonstrate the need and importance of Federal support to advance everyday cycling in Canada
  • Mobilize cycling stakeholders to work together to achieve a bike and active transportation friendly Canada
  • Engage with Parliamentarians and decision-makers from all levels of government and civil society to increase understanding of the opportunity cycling presents for a healthier, greener, more equitable Canada

PROGRAMME for Monday May 28, 2018 – Ottawa City Hall

7:30am – 8:30am          Registration and continental breakfast


8:30am – 9:00am         Welcoming Remarks

  • Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
  • Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau
  • Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission
  • Judi-Varga Toth & Kate Walker, Vélo Canada Bikes


9:00am – 9:20am

Keynote Address: “How Sweden’s National Cycling Strategy is making a difference and why Canada should have one too”

Lars Strömgren, Sweden

President of European Cycling Federation and Swedish cycling organization Cykelfrämjandet

9:20am -10:10am

Municipal Leadership Panel: If You Build It, They Will Come

Learn how and why municipal leaders have built cycling infrastructure and how federal support would help them and other municipal leaders to advance cycling in Canada

    • Mayor Steve Parish, Ajax, Ontario
    • Mayor Caryl Green, Chelsea, Quebec
    • Councilor David Chernushenko, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Councilor Ian Froude, St. John’s, Newfoundland


10:10am – 10:30am       Refreshment Break & Networking


10:30am -11:20am

Wallets on Wheels: The Economic Benefits of Cycling for Canada

Federal investments in dedicated cycling infrastructure will benefit Canadian tourism and Canadian small and medium-size business.

    • Jean-François Pronovost, VéloQuebec
    • Dr. Maria Rasouli, Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Michael Cranwell, Gears Bike Shops, Toronto, Ontario
    • Mike Connolly, Cycle PEI
  • Dr. Arne Elias, Vélo Canada Bikes


11:20am -12:10pm

It’s Too Cold, It’s Too Far, It’s Too Heavy: Debunking Myths about Cycling Potential in Canada

Perceived barriers to cycling in Canada can be overcome and our great nation can be a place where all people can safely cycle for daily transportation.

    • Dr. Glyn Bissix, Greenways Nova Scotia
    • Dr. Karl Saidla, Winter Cycling, University of Ottawa
    • Ciel Sander, Trails BC 
  • Darnel Harris, Transporting Cargo via Bike, Vélo Canada Bikes


12:10pm – 1:20pm         Lunch
Sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada

  • Pan-Canadian Poster Presentations


1:20pm – 1:50pm

More Cycling = People & the Planet Prosper

Building a bike friendly Canada will improve the health of Canadians and our Planet

    • Dr. Eric Notebaert, Canadian Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
    • Meredith James, Environmental Lawyer 
  • Gideon Forman, David Suzuki Foundation


1:50pm – 2:20pm

National EcoAction Project: Increasing Cycling, Decreasing Emissions

With funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, cycling advocates in four Canadian cities are getting more people on bikes and decreasing car use

    • Anna Ho, Edmonton Paths for People
    • David Laing, Bike Brampton
    • Geoff Bush, Coalition Vélo Montreal
  • Kelsey Lane, Halifax Cycling Coalition


2:20pm – 3:00pm

Building an Equitable and Accessible Canada: Cycling Benefits All

Building dedicated cycling infrastructure will improve equity for all Canadians, including the elderly, youth, women, and those with mobility barriers.

    • Gary Bradshaw, Cycling Without Age
    • Anna Sierra Heffernan-Wilker, youth cycling advocate
  • Laura Robinson, author, former Canadian cycling champion
  • Marnie Peters,  Accessibility Consultant and Paralympic Champion


3:00pm – 3:20pm        Refreshment Break & Facilitated Networking


3:20 pm – 3:55 pm

Multimodal Matters: Cycling, Active Transportation and Transit

Federal transit investments can be maximized by funding cycling & active transportation infrastructure

    • Dr. Kevin Manaugh, McGill University 
    • Bob Bell, owner WIKE BIKE and city councilor, Guelph Ontario
  • Matt Pinter, MetroLinx, Toronto, Ontario


3:55pm – 4:45pm

Vulnerable Road Users: Safety is Not Negotiable

Cyclists and pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users. All Canadians will benefit when our roads are safe for all users.

    • Graham Larkin, Vision Zero Canada 
    • Patrick Brown, Bike Law Canada
    • Karen Laberee,
  • Jess Spieker, Friends and Families for Safe Streets 


4:45pm – 5:15pm

Evidence to Action: The Importance of Data and Collective Action

How to use evidence to create a persuasive argument and coordinate collective action


5:15pm – 5:30pm        Closing Remarks


7:00pm – 9:00pm      Evening Reception on Parliament Hill

Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Caucus

    • Screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Shift – The Film’
  • National Cycling Advocacy Award Ceremony
  • Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Senator Nancy Greene Raine (ret’d)


PROGRAMME for Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Parliament Hill

8:00am – 9:00am        Continental breakfast

Why Federal Jurisdiction Matters: Montreal Case Study

  • Daniel Lambert, Coalition Vélo Montreal Bike Coalition
  • Faith McDonald, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Nelson House Manitoba


9:00am – 12:00pm

Cycling Education and Engagement Morning

Teams of Summit delegates will meet with MP’s and Senators and discuss the case for cycling as a tool to achieve our Paris targets, improve the health of Canadians, reduce inequality and boost our economy


12:00pm – 1:30pm        Lunch


1:30pm – 3:30pm

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: cycling and walking infrastructure tours in central Ottawa


4:00pm                              7th Annual Bike Day on the Hill

    • 4:30pm- Gather on the steps of Parliament
  • 5:30pm- Interprovincial bike ride with Parliamentarians, guests and delegates from the National Bike Summit


6:00pm – 8:00pm          BBQ in the East Block Courtyard

Wind down in the Senate building courtyard with delegates and guests

Enjoy a burger and salad while networking with other cycling enthusiasts


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