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Why Attend

The second annual PlacesForBikes Conference will bring together hundreds of leaders and thinkers to focus on the challenges and opportunities of building better bicycle infrastructurefast.

Inspiring speeches, breakout sessions, group conversations and peer-to-peer networking will help every attendee develop and refine an action plan to speed progress back home.


What topics will be covered?

The conference agenda centers on our four-part formula for building better biking: Plan, Build, Engage and Measure, and will include topics such as: 

  • planning complete bike networks
  • building more equitable communities
  • finding funding and engaging non-traditional partners
  • overcoming bikelash
  • making the business case for bicycling
  • speeding project delivery and measuring success

Who will be there?

The conference is open to anyone interested in accelerating progress on biking in their community and building the political leadership to do so. It will be particularly helpful to communities that send delegations of change makers ready to roll up their sleeves and work as teams.

In 2017, attendees consisted of 25% business and community leaders, 23% elected officials and city staff, 20% bike industry leaders and retailers, 16% funders and foundations, and 16% advocates. 

Why Indy?

Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, one of the most visionary urban bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects in the nation. Throughout the conference program, attendees will experience the community benefits of the Cultural Trail and Indy's improving bike infrastructure. A pass for complimentary use of Pacers Bikeshare will be provided to all attendees so that you can experience the Cultural Trail at your own pace. 

2017 conference testimonials + links

"This was an essential networking opportunity to share lessons learned and build relationships across the county. I feel excited to bring more people from my community to next year's conference to grow our advocacy efforts. After talking with other attendees and peers, it sounds like many people were able to get a lot from this conference."

"Connecting with others in the field/movement was invaluable and there is lots I'll bring back to my city to as next steps."

"The blend of elected officials, city officials, planners, advocacy groups, industry, and retailers, as well as regional and racial diversity at this conference made it unique and especially valuable. I heard a variety of voices and expertise on every theme - representing necessary and often overlooked partnerships that are present earlier whenever there is real progress."



PlacesForBikes is a PeopleForBikes program to develop, connect and celebrate great places to ride. PlacesForBikes focuses on inspiring local decision makers, accelerating bicycle infrastructure improvements and building political leadership to make bicycling and communities better for everyone. Trek is the lead sponsor of PlacesForBikes.

To learn more about PlacesForBikes and sign up for updates, visit placesforbikes.org.


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