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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



12 - 6 pm


Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall
NOTE: The opening reception is off-site, and registration will not be offered. Please either register in advance of attending the opening reception, or on Wednesday May 2. 

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 from the Pan Am Plaza, which is directly across from the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

4 - 5 pm


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: The Rathskeller, in the 19th century Athenaeum Building (401 East Michigan Street)


8:30 - 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: Iron Horse (below the Crowne Plaza Grand Hall)

Wednesday, May 2



6 am - 3 pm


Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

7 - 8 am


8 - 8:45 am

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

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

8:45 - 9 am 


9 - 10 am

Breakout sessions #1 - #3

#1 PLAN: Funding Mobility Projects: Every city is paying for its bike network differently. Learn how to position bikes as adding value to the transportation network, build public and political support for bold funding programs, and leverage partnerships to help investments pay off. 

  • Ben Davis, Principal, OnSight Public Affairs (Denver)

  • Timur Ender, Capital Project Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation

  • Third panelist pending

  • Moderator: 

#2 BUILD: Building Better by Building Quicker: Cities and towns of all sizes are using temporary, flexible demonstrations and pilots to accelerate change and mobilize support. Learn about the creative tools and techniques that show everyone how familiar streets can function differently.
  • Mike Basarich, Manager of Cycling Infrastructure, Saris Cycling Group (Madison, WI)

  • Anthony Garcia, President, Streets Plan Collaborative (Miami)

  • Joanna Taft, Executive Director, Harrison Center for the Arts (Indianapolis)

  • Moderator: Nick Oyler, Bikeway & Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Memphis

#3 ENGAGE: Changing the Way Your City Engages: Ask 10 people what bicycling means to them and you’ll get 10 different responses. The ways we view transportation and mobility are as diverse as the makeup of our communities. That means building great places requires understanding and reflecting local perspectives in thoughtful and authentic ways. Learn how different communities come to understand and view bicycling and what advocates, city officials, and retailers can do make sure everyone gets to enjoy the ride.
  • Brandee Lepak, Owner, Global Bikes; Founder and Executive Director, Trips for Kids Phoenix

  • Oboi Reed, President and CEO, Equiticity (Chicago)

  • Sara Studdard, Community Engagement and Marketing Director, Explore Bike Share (Memphis)

  • Moderator: 


10 - 10:15 am   


10:15 - 11:15 am  

Breakout sessions #4 - #6

#4 PLAN: Planning for Networks, Not Just Projects: A bike lane that starts and stops abruptly may add to a city’s mileage totals, but it won't change anyone's behavior. Similarly, a bike lane along a 45mph roadway is not attractive or safe for children to use when riding to school. Fully connected and comfortably designed multimodal networks are indispensable. Learn how to measure the impact of new bike infrastructure and how to know when you have to build what.
  • Dan Goodman, Transportation Specialist, Office of Human Environment, Federal Highway Administration 

  • Nicole Payne, Program Manager, Cities for Cycling, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

  • Third panelist pending

  • Moderator: Kyle Wagenschutz, Director of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

#5 BUILD: Smarter Parking for Better Biking: Parking is the single most powerful transportation demand management tool: more effective even than bike infrastructure at getting people to think beyond cars. It's also an untapped potential public revenue source and an area that, as self-driving taxis arrive in the next few years, will be ripe for reform. But most of us don't know really how to talk about parking reform. This panel will make it less scary.

  • Kathryn Doherty-Chapman; Bicycle Program and Employee Outreach Manager; Go Lloyd (Portland, OR)

  • Jacky Grimshaw; Vice President for Governmental Affairs; Center for Neighborhood Technology (Chicago)

  • Third panelist pending

  • Moderator: Michael Anderson, PlacesForBikes staff writer, PeopleForBikes

#6 MEASURE: The Economic Value of PlacesForBikes - Making the Case: Building better places for bikes depends on how well we demonstrate the value of biking to a community. Elected officials, funders, community, and business leaders are often influenced by narratives that focus on the economic value that bikes generate. Learn how you can measure the economic benefits of bicycling in your community and leverage those results to secure future investment. 

  • Jenny Liu, Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning + Assistant Director, Northwest Economic Research Center, Portland State University

  • Kevin Williams, Managing Director, BBC Research 

  • Third panelist pending

  • Moderator: Jennifer Boldry, Director of Research, PeopleForBikes

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


12:45 - 1 pm


1 - 2:30 pm

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

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall


2:30 - 5 pm

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 - 5 pm

Visit the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: Take a self-guided or guided ride (or walk) on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and participate in a low stress scavenger hunt.

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

  • Additional mayors pending

  • Moderated by Doug Gordon

Location: Crowne Plaza Grand Hall

9:30 - 9:45 am


9:45 - 10:45 am

Breakout sessions #7 - #9

#7 ENGAGE: Community Ambassadors: The more U.S. cities learn about good public outreach, the more are creating specialized outreach groups called "ambassadors." Commonly residents of a target neighborhood, ambassadors are equipped to help educate and empower community members in the activities that build better biking. From bike share systems to neighborhood-based planning, ambassadors can help reach diverse constituents in a casual and familiar way. Learn about the different roles ambassadors play in different communities and come away with ideas for your own ambassador program.
  • Alice Friedman, Senior Project Manager, New York City Department of Transportation

  • Lyndsey Pender, Research and Evaluation Specialist, The Works, Inc. (Memphis)

  • Haydée Santana, Community Engagement Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition 

  • Moderator: 

#8 ENGAGE: PlacesForKids: Bikes are fun. Kids like to have fun. But are kids still having fun on bikes? Gain insights on the current state of bicycling among youth, what barriers are preventing more kids from getting on bikes, and solutions that put more kids on two wheels.
  • Tom Hanley, CEO, Nine13 Sports (Indianapolis)

  • Kyla Templeton, Executive Director, NWA NICA (Bentonville, AR)

  • Third panelist pending

  • Moderator: Anthony Taylor, Adventures Director, Loppet Foundation

#9 MEASURE: What Gets Measured Gets Done: The PlacesForBikes City Ratings: From protected bike lanes to bike parks, the PlacesForBikes City Ratings are designed to encourage and support cities in building better places for all people to ride. In this session you will learn how the PlacesForBikes City Ratings are calculated and what you can do to improve your scores (and your communities).    
  • Jennifer Boldry, Director of Research, PeopleForBikes

  • Kyle Wagenschutz, Director of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

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 Score

  • 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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