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2nd National Bike Summit/2e Sommet National du Vélo

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Ottawa City Hall and Parliament Hill

Ottawa, ON


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The 2nd National Bike Summit will take place in Ottawa on May 28th-29th, 2018.

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.

Summit Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the need and importance of Federal leadership to advance everyday cycling in Canada
  • Mobilize cycling stakeholders to work together to achieve a bike and active transportation friendly Canada
  • Meet with Parliamentarians and elected officials from all levels of government and discuss cycling



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

Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada (invited)

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 Tours, 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


Launch of the new National Capital Commission Interactive Bike Map

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, 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

Anders Swanson, Vélo Canada Bikes

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, Bikemaps.org

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


8:00am - 9:00am

Continental breakfast

Why Federal Jurisdiction Matters: Montreal Case Study

Daniel Lambert, Coalition Vélo Montreal Bike Coalition

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.

*Delegates need to register for the Summit by April 22nd in order to participate in meetings with Parliamentarians

12:00pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 3:30pm

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


7th Annual Bike Day on the Hill

Join National Health and Fitness Day organisers to celebrate Bike Day on the Hill and ride with Parliamentarians around Ottawa.

At 4:30pm, gather on the steps of Parliament Hill. Then, at 5:30pm, participate in an interprovincial bike ride with Parliamentarians, guests and delegates from the National Bike Summit

6:00pm - 8:00pm

BBQ in the East Block Courtyard

Enjoy a burger and salad while networking with other cycling enthusiasts

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS: On May 28th, delegates will be provided with a light breakfast, a lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and evening hors d'oeuvres and drinks. On May 29th, delegates will be be provided with breakfast and lunch and an evening BBQ.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT Vélo Canada Bikes and the 2nd National Bike Summit, please visit: www.canadabikes.org


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email events@canadabikes.org with any questions.

What's the refund policy?

By registering for this Summit, you agree to the outlined terms and conditions. Refunds less a $75.00 administration charge will be issued for cancellations received in writing by April 1st, 2018. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after this date. Only cancellations received in writing at events@canadabikes.org will be processed.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. Due to security requirements, the name on your ticket must match the name of the person who attends the Summit.

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