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Registration for the 2016 Ontario Bike Summit is Now Open

release by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Ontario Bike Summit 2016  ©  Share the Road Cycling Coalition
November 18, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit will be taking place April 19th and 20th, 2016 at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. This year’s theme will be “What’s Next for Cycling” and will include:

  • Planned keynote addresses from Nicole Freedman and Peter de Jager
  • Welcoming remarks from members of the Queen’s Park All-Party Cycling Caucus
  • Presentations and workshops addressing our summit theme
  • An Open Space session on “Growing Cycling in Rural & Northern Ontario
  • Mobile workshops (TBD) and more.

We will also be hosting the popular Bicycle Friendly Communities seminar from 2 to 5pm on Tuesday, April 19th. This seminar will be open to all registered summit delegates on a first come, first served basis, to a maximum of 70 delgates. A digital sign-up will be made available in January 2016.

Call for Proposals Now Open

Our Call for Proposals is now open for the 2016 Ontario Bike Summit and we are looking for presenters to address the following topics:

  • Successful implementation = partnerships
  • Leveraging technology & open data
  • Making the case for cycling: monitoring and data collection
  • If you build it, it must be maintained
  • Innovative engagement
  • Connected! Building a cycling network

Click here to complete our Call for Proposals Form and to learn more about each topic.

The Ontario Bike Summit is an opportunity to showcase the innovative work taking place in your community, learn about cycling best practices and network with cycling stakeholders from across North America. Submit your presentation proposal by Tuesday, December 15th, 2015using our online form and help to bring this annual event to life.

All presenters will be notified by email if they are chosen for the summit and will be eligible for our discounted speaker rate of $275 + HST.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Register Now

We’ve just opened registration! Click here to visit our EventBrite registration page.

Registration includes 3 hot meals (dinner on April 19th, breakfast & lunch on April 20th), snacks, tea and coffee, access to 1.5 days of speakers, presentations and workshops as well as the Bicycle Friendly Communities awards reception. A draft of the agenda includes (subject to change):

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

2 to 5pm Bicycle Friendly Communities Seminar

6 to 9pm Bicycle Friendly Communities Awards Reception & Keynote Dinner

*Mobile workshops will be announced in early 2016 and will take place on Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

7:30 to 8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 10am Keynote Breakfast

10am to 12:30pm Concurrent Sessions + Networking Break

12:30 to 2pm Keynote Lunch

2 to 3:30pm Concurrent Sessions + Networking Break

3:30 to 4:30pm Closing Workshop

This year, we are introducing a new 15% discount for delegates who are accompanied by a local elected official. The 15% discount applies to the registration fee for both the delegate and to the elected official who register together. Contact events@sharetheroad.ca for this special discount code.

We also have a special overnight accommodations rate at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel of $159+HST per night for registered delegates. Delegates can book rooms at this rate up until March 21, 2016 by phoning the hotel and letting them know you are part of the summit, or clicking here to use the online booking link.

About the Ontario Bike Summit

The Ontario Bike Summit provides a forum for decision-makers to be inspired by best practices from around Ontario and beyond, to gain the practical skills necessary to act on that inspiration and to build new conections to learn from the growing network of people interested in making Ontario the best place in Canada to ride a bike. For a summary of past summits:

2015 Recap

2014 Recap

Since its inception, the Ontario Bike Summit has been the premier event where decision-makers, practitioners and advocates come together to learn and discuss strategy for making Ontario’s roads safer for all road users. The collaborative, results-focused nature of the Ontario Bike Summit has led to some incredible results, and has put cycling firmly on the radar of decision-makers at all levels of government.  Successes include:

  • In 2013, then Transportation Minister Glen Murray announced that a new Cycling Strategy for Ontario would be created by the fall of 2013.  The resulting document, #CycleON, lays ambitious targets for Ontario for the next 20 years, with the overall goal of making Ontario the most bicycle friendly province in Canada and one of the best jurisdictions in the world in which to ride a bike.
  • In 2014, Minister Murray announced the First #CycleON Action Plan, which included a host of legislative changes and the long-awaited Cycling Infrastructure Funding for municipalities in Ontario.  This $25 Million fund is available to improve cycling facilities on various pieces of infrastructure under the jurisdiction of both municipalities and the provincial government, an important step in making Ontario more Bicycle Friendly.
  • New investments in vital pieces of Ontario’s Waterfront Trail made because of connections built at the Ontario Bike Summit.

Each year the Summit delivers inspiring keynote addresses, hands-on workshops and valuable networking opportunities with cycling stakeholders and members of the Queen’s Park All Party Cycling Caucus.

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