The 2019 summit theme is #BikesCanDoThat and is based on our new campaign of the same name (www.bikescandothat.ca). This campaign grew out of conversations about how building bicycle-friendly communities could help community leaders achieve a wide variety of goals.
Proposals should seek to illustrate how #BikesCanDoThat by addressing one of the following goals:
• Reduce traffic congestion and get communities moving: Traffic congestion is increasing commute times and costing our economy upwards of $500 million dollars per year (Toronto Board of Trade 2018). Research shows that including space for people on bikes and on foot increases the people-moving capacity of our roads without the need to widen them. Tell us about the research, policies and projects in your area that seek to get more people moving and/or that make the case for investing in active transportation as a tool for building a more effective transportation network.
• Provide inclusive & equitable transportation options: In any given community, about 30% of residents do not have access to a car or driver’s license. For those that do drive, having to rely on a car can be expensive. Building a transportation network that accounts for all users can create more accessible communities that are affordable for both residents and governments, and yet, we continue to build communities that prioritize motor vehicles over other forms of transportation. Tell us about the effects of this type of planning on people in your community, and let us know what you are working on to ensure all residents can safely get around their community, including making connections to transit.
• Build vibrant downtowns and support local businesses: People who ride bikes shop frequently at local businesses and safe cycling infrastructure helps to bring more customers to stores. Tell us about what is happening in your community to partner with local businesses, build more bicycle-friendly business districts, increase cycling tourism, and study the effects of cycling on economic development.
• Make roads safer for all road users: Adding safe & separate spaces for people cycling doesn’t just make it safer for people to cycle. Designing for people on bikes also makes our roads safer for all road users by adding clarity and reducing risks for all road users. Tell us how you are designing your streets to ensure that all residents get home safely. Presentations are welcome on established projects, complete streets design, pilot projects, policies, bikeway planning & design guidelines, research results and Vision Zero.
• Help residents lead healthy, active lives: Making cycling a safer option for transportation and for recreation can help Ontario residents incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Helping residents be more active can also lead to health care cost savings. Tell us what you are doing to encourage cycling as a public health initiative. Presentations are welcome on research results, policies, existing events & campaigns, risk management and cost-effectiveness analyses of infrastructure investments.
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build sustainable communities: Ontario’s transportation sector accounts for 30% of our GHG emissions. According to a recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change, riding a bicycle is one way individuals can help stop climate change. Tell us about how you are making the case for cycling with regards to the environment, or about the projects and policies in your community that are centered on the environmental benefits of cycling.
The Ontario Bike Summit is an opportunity to connect with your cycling peers and to take part in honest conversations about building bicycle-friendly communities. We welcome presentation submissions that examine project successes as well as shortfalls and challenges.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 @ 5pm. Abstracts must be submitted using this Google Form. If your presentation is accepted, you will be notified via email in early February 2019 and will be eligible for a discounted speakers conference registration rate of $250 + HST.
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