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Why Attend





  • trek
  • indy
  • CICF
  • Sram
  • bosch
  • iteris
  • bcycle
  • dero
  • saris
  • eskenazi
  • rundell


The agenda will be updated as speakers and sessions are finalized. 

All locations are at the Indianapolis Crowne Plaza, unless otherwise noted.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is hosting a Cultural Trail Symposium, a deep dive into the  8-mile linear park and bicycle and pedestrian path, April 30 - May 1 in advance of the conference so that people can take advantage of both events in downtown Indianapolis. Details and registration here


Tuesday, May 1



1 - 4 pm

Option #1: Rolling bike tour of Indianapolis bicycle infrastructure (invitation only) 

Option #2: Indianapolis SRAM manufacturing facility tour (complimentary, transportation provided)

Location: Departing the Crowne Plaza, across from the hotel reception site

3 - 7 p.m.


Off-site location.

5 - 7 pm

Opening plenary reception 

  • Welcome from Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett and Central Indiana Community Foundation president and CEO Brian Payne
  • Welcome from SRAM director of operations Chris Case
  • Keynote from Doug Gordon, writer and producer, BrooklynSpoke.com

Off-site location.


8 - 9:30 pm 

DRAFT: PlacesForBikes Conference

DRAFT is a nationwide meetup series that taps into people who love bikes, biz and beer. Our events bring communities together to celebrate the latest bike industry innovations. Speeches, announcements and conversations allow business leaders, product developers, tech innovators, advocates, artists and more to share big ideas—all while enjoying delicious craft beer. 
Location: TBD

Wednesday, May 2



7 - 8 am


8 - 8:45 am

Keynote: Manuel Calvo, mastermind and leader of Sevilla, Spain's bicycle network

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

9 - 10 am

Breakout sessions #1

  1. PLAN: Funding Mobility Projects
  2. BUILD: Building Better by Building Quicker
  3. ENGAGE: Changing the Way Your City Engages

10 - 10:15 am   


10:15 - 11:15 am  

Breakout sessions #2

  1. PLAN: Planning for Networks, Not Just Projects
  2. BUILD: Smarter Parking for Better Biking
  3. MEASURE: The Economic Value of PlacesForBikes - Making the Case

11:15 am - 12:45 pm 

Lunch and Keynote: Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, and a Senior and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

Introduced by Stan Day, president, SRAM
Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall


1 - 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion #1: Changes in how people are moving around in cities

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall


1 - 5:30 p.m.

E-Bike Demo

Stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and experience pedal-assist e-bike technology firsthand with an e-bike demo presented by Bosch and Trek. Pedal-assist e-bikes boost a cyclists pedal power with electric power at speeds up to 20 or 28 mph. Attendees will be able to ride the e-bikes on a short loop from the Monona Terrace. 

2:30 - 3 pm


3 - 5 pm

Visit the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: Take a walk or self-guided ride on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. We are planning a fun, low stress scavenger hunt so that you can experience all that the Cultural Trail has to offer. 

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare bikes and Trek e-bikes will be available for the ride. 
Location: Crowne Plaza and Indianapolis Cultural Trail

5 - 6 pm


6 - 9 pm

Reception, dinner, trivia and awards  

Off-site location: NCAA Headquarters
Grab an Indiana Pacers Bikeshare and ride the mile to the event, or walk along the Cultural Trail

Thursday, May 3



7 - 8 am


8 - 8:30 am

Keynote speaker: Toks Omishakin, Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Environment and Planning, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

8:30 - 9:30 am

Mayor's Panel

  • Mayor Greg Ballard (former), Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mayor Lori Buck, Fruita, Colorado
  • Mayor James Brainard, Carmel, Indiana
  • More to come!
  • Moderated by Doug Gordon
Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

9:30 - 9:45 am


9:45 - 10:45 am

Breakout sessions #3

  1. ENGAGE: Community Ambassadors
  2. ENGAGE: PlacesForKids
  3. MEASURE: What Gets Measured Gets Done: The PlacesForBikes City Ratings

10:45 - 11 am


11 am - 1 pm

Grab-and-go lunch with your respective peer groups, or topic area discussions

Location: Crowne Plaza

1 - 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion #2: Changes in mobility in cities 

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 4 pm

Action planning: Improving your City Rating

  • Luis Benitez, director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and motivational speaker
  • Kyle Wagenschutz, director of local innovation, PeopleForBikes
Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

4 - 5 pm

Happy hour, closing thoughts and 2019 Conference announcement

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

5 pm

Conference adjourns



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