Tacoma hosts Washington Bike Summit March 21-22

Advocates for bicycling will gather in downtown Tacoma in March for the Washington Bike Summit, a multi-day event that aims to bring together people from different disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives to learn, share, network, and explore ways to grow and improve bicycling for all.

Keynote speakers during the event include Laura Crawford and Russ Roca (Path Less Pedaled) — Creating a Cycling Identity for Your Town; Tamika Butler (Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition) — Creating Our Bike Future; Debra Guenther (Mithun) — Equity by Design: Bikes and City Building; and Antony Chiang (Empire Health Foundation) — Investing in Healthy, Active Communities: A Philanthropy Perspective. Conference activities include “breakout session” workshops covering a range of topics, such as engaging young leaders in active mobility projects, establishing bicycle-friendly communities, innovative partnerships with schools and youth programs, and creating bicycle-friendly business districts. City of Tacoma Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiatr is scheduled to discuss Tacoma’s bicycling history. Bike Trivia Night will be held at the Harmon Tap Room.

The Washington Bike Summit will be held on Mon., March 21, and Tues., March 22, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, located at 1500 Broadway, in downtown Tacoma. Attendees are invited to arrive on Sun., March 20, to participate in bike tours with the Tacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club and VeloFemmes. The Washington Bike Summit is presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club, and sponsored by Alta Planning + Design, Foundation for Healthy Generations, Group Health, Raleigh, REI, Toole Design Group, Transpo Group, Washington Bikes, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

More information is available online here and here.