2019 Summit Program-At-Glance

Delegates gathered for the 2018 National Bike Summit (photo. Y. Bambrick)

Pre-Conference Session – Sunday May 12th – Cartier Suites Hotel
1:00pm – 4:30pm
National Trails and Greenways discussion
Discuss the future of greenways and federal policy on trails across Canada with invited special guests including Kevin Belanger of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and more!


SUMMIT DAY 1 – Monday May 13th – Ottawa City Hall

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 8:50am
Welcoming remarks featuring Jeff Leiper, Councillor, City of Ottawa and Kate Walker, Vélo Canada Bikes

8:50am – 9:20am
Opening Keynote
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

9:20am – 9:50am
Canada and Its Peers: What A Country Can Accomplish with a Cycling Strategy
Anders Swanson, Vélo Canada Bikes

9:50am – 10:20am
Economic Benefits of Increasing Cycling in Canada
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

10:20am – 10:40am
Refreshment Break & Networking

10:40am – 11:20am
By the numbers: Measuring Bicycle Usage in Canada
How Cycling is Increasing across Canada – Insight Project – Yvonne Verlinden, TCAT
National Active Transportation Report Card- Jamie Hilland, Urban Systems

11:30am – 12:30pm
Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1: The (Surprising?) Importance of Bicycle Parking for Boosting Cycling in Canada

The Bike Rack Is The New Blue Box Elyse McCann, EnviroCentre, Ottawa

Bicycle Parking Can No Longer Be a Transportation System Afterthought
Zve Leve, RuePublique, Montreal

“More Than Just Parking Bikes”:  Examining the Case of One City’s Bike Valet Service Jerome Nicol, Saskatoon Cycles

Breakout #2: Cycling and Equity in Canada

The Full Cost of Cycling – Economics of Sustainable Transportation
Kealey Dekker, City of Calgary, Alberta

Cycling Equity: Infrastructure is Not Enough
Robin Black, Cyclo Nord Sud, Montreal

Measuring Success: Active Transportation and Health Indicators Report
Sue Sauvé, City of Peterborough, Ontario

Breakout #3: Municipal and Provincial Cycling Initiatives in Canada

Jamie Stuckless, Share The Road, Ontario

Cyclovia Red Deer 2018 and beyond!
Bill Franz, Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting

Revision of Quebec’s Highway Code : The Vélo Québec Advocacy Campaign
Jean-François Pronovost, Vélo Québec

Breakout #4 Areas of Growth : Cargo Bikes, Trails, and the Societal Benefits from Cycling for Canada

Policy needs for stimulating the pedelec Cycle Logistics market in Canada Sam Starr, Critical Mobility, Vancouver

Recreational Trails and Benefits to Canada
AJ Strawson, International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada)

The Great American Rail Trail
Kevin Belanger, Rails to Trails Conservancy, USA

12:30pm – 1:15pm

1:15pm – 1:45pm
Increasing Cycling in Canada to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Dr. Karl Saidla, Carleton University

1:45pm – 2:30pm
BIKE$: What does the future of the bicycle industry in Canada look like? Industry Panel
Tim Hadfield, Shimano Canada
Sylvain Bosse, Outdoor Gear Canada
Michael Manocha, Invest in Canada

2:30pm – 2:50pm Refreshment Break

2:50pm – 3:30pm

E-Power And Bikes : The Future is Here. A panel discussion all about e-bikes, why they are changing transportation and what Canada can do to prepare Dr. Dea van Lierop, Utrecht University
Sam Starr, Critical Mobility
Richard Campbell, British Columbia Cycling Coalition

3:30pm – 4:10pm
Keynote Address: Cycling Infrastructure & Women on Bikes Dr. Kay Teschke, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

4:10pm – 4:30pm
Political Perspectives on the Future of Cycling in Canada
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Federal Green Party

4:30pm – 4:45pm
Closing remarks

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Evening Reception- Parliament Hill Wellington Building, Parliamentary Precinct 180 Wellington St, Room 430, Ottawa
Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Caucus
The Arnos National Cycling Advocacy Awards Ceremony
Announcement of the Top 10 Cycling Infrastructure Projects


DAY 2 – Tuesday May 14th – Parliament Hill
7:00 Arrive at Victoria Building For Security Screening

8:00am – 9:00am Room 705 Victoria Building
Continental breakfast and presentations:
Delegate training for Cycling Education Day
Overview of meeting with MPs and Senators
Review of messaging and documents
***Please note: This training is mandatory for those signed up to participate in the Cycling Education Day

**9:00am – 4:00pm (throughout)**
Cycling Education and Engagement Meetings
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

Core Programming (concurrent with meetings with political representatives)

9:00am – 10:00am
Provincial-level Active Transportation Strategies in Canada
British Columbia-Richard Campbell, British Columbia Cycling Coalition
Ontario-Jamie Stuckless, Share the Road

10:00am – 10:30am

What would be contained in a National Cycling Strategy for Canada?
Interactive Group Session

10:30am – 11:00am

11:00am – 12:30pm
Federal Cycling Advocacy Workshop

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Collective Next Steps as Cycling and Active Transportation Stakeholders

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Wrap Up: Lessons Learned

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Free Time

8th Annual Bike Day on the Hill (made possible by National Health and Fitness Day Foundation)

Gather on the steps of Parliament with your bike

Interprovincial bike ride with Parliamentarians, guests and delegates from the National Bike Summit

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

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