Call for Proposals for This October’s California Bicycle Summit in San Diego

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2015

From: Melissa Balmer

Media Director – California Bicycle Coalition


T. 562.612.0197 C. 562.221.9672

Re: The California Bicycle Coalition Calls for Proposals for This October’s California Bicycle Summit in San Diego


Sacramento CA July 2, 2015 – The California Bicycle Coalition is very pleased to request proposals for presentations at the “California Bicycle Summit” October 25-28, 2015 at the Wyndham Bayside Hotel in San Diego California. Equity is the theme of the California Bicycle Summit this year. Urban planners, equity organizers, health advocates, the bicycle industry, corporate leaders, transit agencies, transit focused media and of course bike advocates are especially invited to submit proposals.

The California Bicycle Summit will focus on the following themes and will be accepting proposals through midnight of July 31, 2015:

  • Open Streets — get the best advice on how to create or improve an Open Streets event in your community, sponsored by CicLAvia.
  •  Building Better Bikeways — latest and best practice in (re-)designing our streets and paths to create networks of low-stress bikeways connecting our destinations, sponsored by Alta Planning + Design.
  •  Movement Building — learn from the best among California’s leading bicycle advocates how to strengthen your voice for more bicycle-friendly communities.
  •  Prosperity — biking is good business, and good for the economy.
  •  Education — best practices in educating drivers and bicyclists about safe sharing of the roads.
  •  Health — bicycling help create more healthy communities for all, and health advocates can advocate for more bicycling.
  •  Enforcement — what role does enforcement play in promoting more safe bicycling?
  •  Communications — how to successfully use both new and traditional media to reach all Californians effectively.

The theme of equity will ensure that we address bicycling’s intersection with class, race and gender, including such topics as gentrification, multicultural outreach, women in leadership, and making bike share equitable. However, proposed topics do not necessarily need to address equity; our steering committee, in shaping the final program will ensure that panels include a perspective on equity. Speakers do not automatically receive a discount; however, a large number of scholarships will be available, so we invite you to propose a topic even if you need financial assistance to attend.

The California Bicycle Coalition is seeking proposals that highlight an interactive learning experience. Here are some formats to consider:

  • Best Practices Brainstorm Sessions – a sixty minute facilitated session with three short five-minute presentations on three best practices from around the state on the given topic (i.e. growing a diverse membership base). After the presentations three participants will be selected to share one challenge they’re dealing with along the theme. Participants will be broken up into three teams with the presenters as the lead. Each team will brainstorm on one of the challenges and come up with a three point strategy for resolution. These strategies will be shared at the end of the session and participants will be encouraged to keep in touch and see how the strategies work out.
  • Mobility Workshops – hands on learning session by biking or walking using San Diego as the classroom.
  •  Interactive Training Sessions – these hour long sessions will focus on overcoming one main challenge (i.e. creating a successful social media outreach campaign) of one of the summit’s themes with measurable results as the goal.
  • Poster or short PechaKucha-style Presentations – these are short eight to ten minute long presentations using posters or slide shows.
  •  Panel Discussions – these ninety minute sessions focused on one summit theme will have one moderator and three presenters giving short eight minute talks. We’re looking for presentations dealing with real world problems with measurable results that can be replicated throughout the state. Panels can have traditional Q & A, but more dynamic interactive formats are sought.
  • Mentor Networking Jams – these thirty minute sessions will give participants access key thoughts leaders in bike advocacy.
  • Plenary Presentation – these are fifteen to thirty minute talks that highlight this year’s conference theme as a subject.
  • Short Live Talks – a five minute live talk that will be part of a series of storytelling sessions throughout the summit. These should be engaging “aha” moment talks along the theme of the summit. Think of the presentations given at 

To submit your proposal please go here. The deadline to submit is by midnight July 31, 2015. The California Bike Summit will host 300 people passionate about making our communities healthier, safer and more vibrant through bicycling. The summit travels between Northern and Southern California every other year. The 2013 summit hosted in Oakland California sold out.

This year’s summit is being sponsored by Alta Planning and Design, CicLAvia, Dero Bike Racks. To request information on summit sponsorship please contact our Director of Communications and Development Jenn Guitart


About the California Bicycle Coalition

CalBike enables more people to bicycle for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians. We envision millions of people riding bikes every day in California with networks of safe streets and paths conveniently connect every destination. Our goal is to double the amount of bicycling in the Golden State and become the most bike friendly state in the nation by 2017.

Calbike’s advocate members across the state include: Bike Bakersfield, Bikeable Communities, Bike East Bay, Chico Velo Cycling, Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Napa County Bicycle Coalition, People Power of Santa Cruz County, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, Shasta Living Streets, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Walk & Bike Mendocino. In 2013 CalBike launched the Women on Bikes California initiative. Learn more at