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Friday, September 15
 

8:00am

Registration and Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Get to the Summit early and network with others before the formal start of the day.

Friday September 15, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

9:00am

Welcoming Remarks to Open the Summit
Limited Capacity seats available

We will open the inaugural New York Bike Summit with remarks from Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), long-time NYBC funder, is a division of DMV. Following Ms. Egan will be Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, a national leader in the Vision Zero movement. The organization he leads has helped drive issues and effect significant change relating to infrastructure, bicycle share, safety cameras, law enforcement in much more throughout the five boroughs of NYC. We'll also hear from leadership at NYSDOT and our very own Paul Winkeller. 

Speakers
avatar for Theresa (Terri) L. Egan

Theresa (Terri) L. Egan

Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York State Dept of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan was appointed to this position on July 21, 2015.  Since April 12, 2007, Commissioner Egan served as Deputy Commissioner for Safety, Consumer Protection and Clean Air where she oversaw a diverse program area that generates over $260 million annually... Read More →
avatar for Paul Steely White

Paul Steely White

Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives
Paul Steely White is Executive Director of Transportation | Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking | and public transportation. | | Before joining Transportation Alternatives in April 2004, he served as | Africa Regional Director for the Institute... Read More →
avatar for Paul Winkeller

Paul Winkeller

Executive Director, New York Bicycling Coalition
Paul was NYBC’s very first Executive Director and he is once again serving in the role. He has led several non-profit organizations, both local and statewide and all with a conservation-sustainability focus, including an AmeriCorps funded youth corps for the City of Albany... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

9:45am

Panel - Bike Share is Not Just for Big Cities
Limited Capacity seats available

Per NACTO, Bike Share in the U.S has grown from 320,000 trips in 2010 to 28 million trips in 2016. More trips were taken via bike share in 2016 than the number of people that visit Walt Disney World every year. New York is home to the U. S’s most popular bike share system in Citi Bike, but the explosion of bike share’s popularity has opened the door for smaller communities to experiment with bike share systems. In this session, we will identify how bike share systems can integrate within the multimodal transportation systems of medium and small cities, best practices for implementing bike share systems, how to know when bike share is right for your community, and more.

Moderators
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Robyn Marquis

Project Manager, NYSERDA
Robyn Marquis, Ph.D. is a Project Manager on the Clean Transportation team at the New York StateEnergy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that has beenadvancing energy solutions and working to protect the environment since 1975. Dr. Marquis... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bailey

Lauren Bailey

Mobility Manager, Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
Lauren Bailey is the Capital District Transportation Authority’s Mobility Manager. She is currently working on the inaugural year the Capital Region’s bike sharing program, CDPHP Cycle!  She is also part of a team working on additional mobility options for CDTA. With a degree fro... Read More →
avatar for Jake DiBari

Jake DiBari

Founder, Positively Rome
Jake DiBari is the Founder of Positively Rome, a non profit organization focused on promoting the city of Rome NY.  Jake and Positively Rome were instrumental in bringing the Zagster bike sharing program to Rome, a small city of 30,000 people.
avatar for Jaclyn Tandler

Jaclyn Tandler

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Motivate
Jaclyn Tandler is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Motivate, the operator of and equipment provider for the largest bike share systems in North America, including Citi Bike in New York City. Prior to Motivate, Jaclyn worked at several cleantech startups and on energy policy as a Fulbright scholar to... Read More →



Friday September 15, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
DATA & TECH

9:45am

Panel - Bridges in New York State as Key Connectors
Limited Capacity seats available

Bridges are a vital part of New York State’s transportation network, providing crucial connections and creating links where there were none before. Yet bridges can also be barriers for cyclists; failing to accommodate the needs of those on two wheels. In this session, we will identify how bridges can enhance bike networks rather than obstruct them, examine select bridges that currently present challenges for bike networks in the state, and review strategies for improving bicycle access to bridges.

Moderators
avatar for Ivan Vamos

Ivan Vamos

Board Member Emeritus, New York Bicycling Coalition
Ivan, a bike commuter since 1965, worked for 30 years for New York State DOT, DEC and State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. While serving as Deputy Commissioner at Parks, he helped the State acquire and develop more than 200 miles of rail-trails, Ivan Chaired the Task Force that planned NY... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Boni

James Boni

Design Supervisor, NYS Dept. of Transportation
James is a native of New York’s Capital District, residing in Saratoga County for most of his life.  He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1996 from Union College in Schenectady, NY.  The first four years of his professional career were in consulting engineering, focusing on Civil/Site, Municipal and Transportation Engineering... Read More →
avatar for Paul Gertner

Paul Gertner

President, Starborn Industries
Paul Gertner is the Harbor Ring Committee chair, on the Advisory Council of Transportation Alternatives, and has a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell.  A native Brooklynite, he is a lifelong urban cyclist and longtime supporter of cultural and environmental causes. ... Read More →
avatar for Peter Harckham

Peter Harckham

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, New York State Thruway Authority
Peter was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the New NY Bridge Project (Mario M. Cuomo Bridge). Among his portfolio, Pete works with various constituencies regarding issues pertaining to the Shared Use Path, as twelve foot... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
CONNECTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

9:45am

Panel - Bike Based Tourism is Driving Economic Growth in New York State
Limited Capacity seats available

Bicycling is a major economic driver for many communities. Bike based tourism is a major growth opportunity for communities across the state and making communities more bike friendly can help to promote small businesses, diversify local economies, and improve nearby property values. In this session, we’ll examine the specific needs and traits of bicycle tourists, destination development and marketing, bike friendly businesses, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Buchman

Marty Buchman

Co-Proprietor, Stony Brookside Bed and Bike Inn
Marty Buchman along with his wife, Elyse, opened The Stony Brookside as the first Inn on Long Island dedicated to cyclists and cycle touring. Together, they provide visitors customized tours of the historic North Shore of Long Island and points east. After each days ride, you return to the comfort of the Inn to enjoy a craft beer or glass of local wine while you enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Inn. The Inn is ideal for thru cyclists, serious cyclists looking for challenging training rides... Read More →
avatar for William Sweitzer

William Sweitzer

Deputy Director, Public Affairs Office, New York State Canal Corporation
Bill joined the Canal Corporation’s Public Affairs Office in February of 2012, serving as Deputy Director. For the past three years he has led the Canal Corporation’s marketing program and spearheaded community outreach efforts across the state’s Canal corridor. Bill has an extensive background in hospitality, sales and customer service. For fun he enjoys hiking and camping with his family and is an avid... Read More →
avatar for Tim Weidemann

Tim Weidemann

Senior Economic Developer, Ulster County Executive's Office
Tim Weidemann has lived in the Hudson Valley for most of the past 20 years, attending the Storm KingSchool and SUNY New Paltz, where he received a Bachelor’s degree with University Honors in Philosophyand Religious Studies. While in New Paltz, Tim began working as a consultant to local governments and nonprofits, which led him to the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received highest distinction and acquired a... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

9:45am

Workshop - Building a Stronger Advocacy Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

We believe New York is poised to become a national leader in the bike movement. The attitudes and culture regarding bicycling are shifting in our favor, and now is the time to build the grassroots capacity of the bike advocacy movement. In this workshop, we will identify strategies to help bike advocacy groups all over the state advance their mission.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Booth

Justin Booth

Founder + Executive Director, GoBike Buffalo
As the founder and Executive Director of GObike I have been fortunate to turn a hobby into a job. I love to bicycle—whether it’s for errands, enjoyment, or long excursions to exercise. Only when you’re on two wheels do you get to see the rich diversity of all the people and small... Read More →
avatar for Dan Convissor

Dan Convissor

Director, Bike Tarrytown
Dan was deeply involved with Transportation Alternatives, where he served as a Board Member and conceived the conceptual designs for the Williamsburg Bridge's bike/ped path. Now living in Sleepy Hollow, he formed Bike Tarrytown to foster bike culture and infrastructure.
avatar for Douglas Meyer

Douglas Meyer

Principal, Bernuth & Williamson
Douglas Meyer is a principal in the consulting firm of Bernuth & Williamson, a marketing and communications specialist who has helped a wide array of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations develop cost-effective strategies to engage target audiences. Among his many... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 9:45am - 12:30pm
WORKSHOP ROOM

11:15am

Panel - Vision Zero – Designing Safer Streets and Bringing Vision Zero to Communities Across NYS
Limited Capacity filling up

Vision Zero is a global movement that began in Sweden in 1997 that aims to reduce traffic related deaths and serious injuries to zero. This movement has been gaining increasing traction in North America in recent year with many cities adopting Vision Zero plans, including our very own New York City. In this session we will speak with two leaders of the Vision Zero movement in the Northeastern U.S and learn what it is that makes Vision Zero effective, why it is important for the bike movement, and how to adopt Vision Zero policies in more cities across the state. 

Moderators
avatar for Ken Crandall

Ken Crandall

Director of Safety Education, New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC)
Ken became a part of the NYBC team in October of 2016 as our first Education Director. He is a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor and a board member of the Troy Bike Rescue in Troy, NY. Ken is passionate about bicycle education and safety. As such, he led t... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Thompson

Stacy Thompson

Executive Director, LiveableStreets
Stacy is the Executive Director of LivableStreets, overseeing all programs including Vision Zero, Better Buses, and the Emerald Network, and ensuring overall programmatic and operational excellence for the organization. A relentless optimist, Stacy is undaunted by the many challenges facing Metro Boston today, including increasing access to jobs and affordable housing, improving safety and public health outcomes, and building climate resiliency. Stacy believes that improving our streets... Read More →
avatar for Paul Steely White

Paul Steely White

Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives
Paul Steely White is Executive Director of Transportation | Alternatives, New York City’s leading advocates for bicycling, walking | and public transportation. | | Before joining Transportation Alternatives in April 2004, he served as | Africa Regional Director for the Institute... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
CONNECTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

11:15am

Panel - Data Moves Government - Collecting, Using and Presenting Data to Advance Your Mission
Limited Capacity seats available

Data moves everything and advancing the bike movement is no exception. Ridership, safety, health, and environmental data can all be used to advance the bike movement. In this session, we will learn about how new technology is changing how we collect data on bike riders, how to find good data on bicycle related initiatives, the challenges behind data collection for cyclists, and the importance of data based evidence for government officials.

Moderators
avatar for Kyle Hatch

Kyle Hatch

Project Manager, New York Bicycling Coalition
Kyle joined NYBC in January of 2016. He is currently a graduate student at SUNY Albany’s Master in Urban and Regional Planning program. Prior to his role with NYBC, he studied medical anthropology at SUNY Albany with a focus on the wide variety of ways that the built environment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shane Farthing

Shane Farthing

Senior Director, Active Transportation Programs, Rails to Trails Conservancy
Shane Farthing is an attorney, policy professional, and community advocate who currently serves as Senior Director of Active Transportation Programs and leader of the Research-to-Practice team at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. In this role, Mr. Farthing champions data-driven approa... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Hadden Loh

Tracy Hadden Loh

Senior Data Scientist, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business
Tracy Hadden Loh is a data scientist at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business. Prior to joining GW, she was the director of research at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. She holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses measuring the value of the elements of placemaking, and the Center's recent report on the economic performance and social equity of walkable places in the New York metro region can be... Read More →
avatar for Scott H Brady, MS, MCP

Scott H Brady, MS, MCP

Manager, Office of Travel Monitoring, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
The Office of Travel Monitoring conducts approximately 5,000 traffic counts per year, a combination of motorized vehicles and increasingly the bicycle and pedestrian non-motorized modes.  Since adding bicycle and pedestrian counting to an arsenal of data collection tools, the program has established a network of permanent counting stations for use in seasonal factor development, project before / after counts for project evaluation, and most recently a cyclical bicycle counting program to provide a systematic method for tracking usage... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
DATA & TECH

11:15am

Panel - Erie Canal, Empire State Trail and the Future of New York's Trail System
Limited Capacity seats available

During his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced plans for the Empire State Trail. This will include 350 miles of new trails across the state that will complete a 750-mile trail network, the largest in the nation, by 2020. This is obviously a game changer for recreational cycling in New York and we couldn’t be more excited for it. In this session, we will examine who the major players are in completing the Empire State Trail, what their role is in completing the network, what their current plans look like, and the opportunities and challenges they will face.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Beers

Andy Beers

Director, Empire State Trail
Andy was appointed Director of the Empire State Trail in May, 2017.  He is responsible for overseeing Governor Cuomo’s initiative to develop a 750-mile bicycling and pedestrian trail from NYC to Canada and Buffalo to Albany.  Andy served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for N... Read More →
avatar for John Joyce

John Joyce

Director of Policy & Program Development, New York State Canal Corporation
John Joyce was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the New York State Canal Corporation in August, 2011. He oversees the Canal Corporation’s Marketing and Trails programs. Prior to his tenure at the Canal Corporation, he spent ten years in the New York State Assembly... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

12:45pm

Municipal Officials Plenary and Lunch, Moderated by Joe Martens
Former New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, now the Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance and a great friend of the bike movement in NYS, will moderate a panel of Municipal Leaders - Mayor Thomas Roach from White Plains, and Common Council Member Leah Golby from Albany - who will share with the audience how they achieved significant progress in their communities relating to bicycle infrastructure and multi-modal transportation.  At the same time, the panelists will also frame how the progress in their respective communities also drives an important urban environmental and green agenda relating to congestion relief, energy conservation and pollution reduction.

Moderators
avatar for Joe Martens

Joe Martens

Director, New York Offshore Wind Alliance
Joe Martens is currently the Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance. Mr. Martens served as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation from March 2011 to July 2015. From 1998 through 2010, Commissioner Martens served as President of the Open Space Institute, directing and overseeing land acquisition, historic preservation and farmland... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Booth

Justin Booth

Founder + Executive Director, GoBike Buffalo
As the founder and Executive Director of GObike I have been fortunate to turn a hobby into a job. I love to bicycle—whether it’s for errands, enjoyment, or long excursions to exercise. Only when you’re on two wheels do you get to see the rich diversity of all the people and small... Read More →
avatar for Leah Golby

Leah Golby

President, Board of Directors, New York Bicycling Coalition
Leah Golby currently serves on the Albany Common Council where she annually sponsors the city’s “May is Bike Month” Resolution and ushered in the city’s 2013 Complete Streets ordinance. With a degree in theatre and a career in non-profit fundraising, Leah considers herself an accidental advocate for people who ride bicycles and walk. When she stopped driving a car regularly in 2007, it... Read More →
avatar for Mayor Thomas M. Roach

Mayor Thomas M. Roach

Mayor, City of White Plains
Tom was born in White Plains, and currently resides in the Westminster Ridge section of the city with his wife, Beth and their two children. Tom received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany and his law degree from the University of Buffalo. He was the first person in his family to earn a four year degree and is a product of the public education system from Kindergarten through his law degree. | | Tom began his legal career representing the poor with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. He then entered the private practice of law in Westchester County specializing in trial work. | | In February of 2011, while serving as Council President, Tom became Acting Mayor. He was elected mayor in a special election shortly thereafter and won election to his first full term in office in November 2013 with 76% of the vote... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

2:00pm

Panel - Mass Transit and Bikes - How Bike Networks and Transit Lines Supplement Each Other
Limited Capacity filling up

There is a common slogan amongst transportation planners that “all transit riders are pedestrians at some point.” We agree with that sentiment and believe cyclists make great transit customers as well. Fostering better relationships and opportunities between cyclists and mass transit riders both improves bike networks and transit ridership – a win-win scenario! In this session, we will explore the ways in which bicycle and pedestrian networks can be enhanced with mass transit connections, and how to further develop relationships between the active transportation community and transit agencies.

Speakers
avatar for Carm Basile

Carm Basile

Chief Executive Officer, Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
Carm Basile is Chief Executive Officer for the Capital District Transportation Authority. CDTA, an Albany, New York-based transit company, with an annual operating budget of close to $80 million, serves customers throughout Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga counties. Mr. B... Read More →
avatar for Dan Suraci

Dan Suraci

Senior Consultant, TransPro
Dan Suraci is an NYBC board member and NYC-based transportation planner specializing in bicycle mobility and transit connectivity.  Prior to his current role as Senior Consultant at TransPro, Dan lead the domestic planning practice at SYSTRA Engineering, worked in NYCDOT's bicycle program and served as Communications Manager for Bike New... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
CONNECTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

2:00pm

Panel - Bike Safety Education - Utilizing New Technology and NYBC's Bike Educator Network
Limited Capacity seats available

Improving bike safety has been a core component of our mission since we were founded in 1990. The realization of this goal lies in a strong foundation of safety education programs and initiatives. In 2017 we plan to roll out a new and modern bike safety education network that we believe will change the way people learn about safe biking practices all over New York State. In this session, we’ll cover how technology is changing the way we implement safety education and enforcement, as well as how our new bike educator network can be used to organize safety education classes and events in communities across New York.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Ceponis

Jennifer Ceponis

Sr Transportation Planner, CAPITAL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Jen Ceponis is a Senior Transportation Planner with the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for New York’s Capital Region.  She has been with CDTC since 2008. Most recently she has been involved in promoting bicycle safety through... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ken Crandall

Ken Crandall

Director of Safety Education, New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC)
Ken became a part of the NYBC team in October of 2016 as our first Education Director. He is a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor and a board member of the Troy Bike Rescue in Troy, NY. Ken is passionate about bicycle education and safety. As such, he led t... Read More →
avatar for Tom Polk

Tom Polk

Regional Education Coordinator, New York Bicycling Coalition
Bike Educator Tom Polk is a life-long cyclist and enjoys road cycling and commuting as well as mountain biking. He has been teaching safe biking skills at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County since 2010. Tom initiated the Y’s “Bike It!” program for youth aged 10-14, and also leads summer bike camps, after school programs, bike rodeos and other educational programs. He also created the... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
DATA & TECH

2:00pm

Panel - Mountain Biking in New York State - A Growth Opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

New York State is primed to become a world class destination for mountain biking. A wide variety of terrains and conditions give New York everything mountain bikers look for in a destination. In this session, we will explore the opportunities for growth of mountain bike tourism industry in NYS. Panelists will share best practices for building relationships between mountain bikers and community officials, planners, advocates, and the tourism industry. Learn what makes mountain biking unique from other biking initiatives, and how to best grow mountain biking as a tourism opportunity in our local communities all over the state. Let’s get New Yorkers hitting the trails!

Speakers
avatar for Heather D. Bagshaw

Heather D. Bagshaw

Marketing Manager, Greene County Tourism
Heather Bagshaw joined Greene County Tourism in February of 2013.  She has an extensive marketing background with over 20 years’ experience in the advertising, marketing and strategic planning.  She manages the Greene County Visitor Center and staff, administers the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County Destination Marketing plan and heads up the Tourism Advisory Committee, as well as sits on tourism related boards, like the Mountain Clove Scenic Byway. Tourism is the second largest sales tax generator for Greene County where the Mountain Bike campaign absorbs 10% of the overall 2017 tourism budget... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Duncan

Anthony Duncan

Atlantic Region Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Anthony Duncan is the Atlantic Region Director for IMBA where he helps IMBA chapters protect and expand mountain biking opportunities throughout the region by connecting them with land managers and educating communities on the benefits of mountain biking and trail stewardship.
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Lori Torgersen

Lori has worked for the State of New York for well over a decade across several criminal justice and human service agencies including the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Office of Mental Health.  Lori has demonstrated leadership experience in her professional career having served as the Director of Statewide Reentry with the responsibility of coordinating the... Read More →
avatar for Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson

Executive Director, Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA)
Josh is the Executive Director of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA).  As a founding member of BETA, Josh has been involved in mountain bike and ski trail stewardship and advocacy in the Adirondacks since 2009.   He served as the Executive Director of the New York Bicycling Coalition from 2013 to... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

2:00pm

Workshop - Completing the Empire State Trail with Alta Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

During his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced plans for the Empire State Trail. This will include 350 miles of new trails across the state that will complete a 750-mile trail network, the largest in the nation, by 2020. This is obviously a game changer for recreational cycling in New York and we couldn’t be more excited for it. In this workshop, we invite planners, advocates and professionals attending the summit to help identify the opportunities and challenges that will arise while completing this trail network. With everyone who is attending’s collective knowledge and experience regarding all things bicycling, this workshop provides a real opportunity for cooperation from agencies and organizations across the state to make the Empire State Trail the best network possible.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson

Principal, Alta Planning + Design
Jeff Olson is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 25 years. He has had a diverse career with national, international, and local experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This experience was recognized in 2014 by... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 2:00pm - 4:15pm
WORKSHOP ROOM

3:30pm

Panel - Legalizing E-Bikes in New York State
Limited Capacity seats available

Despite their legal status in New York, electric bikes are everywhere. Their popularity is growing – both in the Empire State and across the planet, indicating that e-bikes are here to stay. Beginning in 2016, the New York Bicycling Coalition has been running a statewide campaign to win passage of legislation that would clarify the legal status of electric-assist bicycles under the state’s vehicle and traffic law. In this session, we will look at the challenges facing the legalization of electric bikes and the opportunities they present for bicycle transportation.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Winkeller

Paul Winkeller

Executive Director, New York Bicycling Coalition
Paul was NYBC’s very first Executive Director and he is once again serving in the role. He has led several non-profit organizations, both local and statewide and all with a conservation-sustainability focus, including an AmeriCorps funded youth corps for the City of Albany... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Lommele

Morgan Lommele

E-Bike Campaigns Manager, People For Bikes
Morgan Lommele manages the joint partnership between the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes to improve access for people who want to ride electric bicycles and electric mountain bikes. Electric bicycle laws are different in every state, and this work focuses on going state by state to streamline e-bike laws within the industry-driven three class system and building coalitions of legislators, advocates, and industry to drive good bills. By coordinating strategic state-by-state advocacy campaigns; representing the bicycle industry in policy negotiations; building relationships with and between policy makers, non-profits, academia, and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Nolte

Chris Nolte

Owner, Propel Bikes
After suffering a back injury and returning home as a disabled combat veteran, Chris found himself unable to exercise the way he had in the past. It was particularly discouraging to be kept from riding his beloved bicycles. Rather than dwell on his misfortune, he decided to search for viable alternatives. It... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
DATA & TECH

3:30pm

Roundtable - Access + Equity: Bike Equity in New York State
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We strive to make bicycling safe and accessible for people of all ages in all communities; yet we acknowledge that minority populations, women, those with disabilities, and the youth are often underrepresented in the world of bike advocacy. We want to make a concerted effort to ensure that New York State is a place where riding a bike safely is accessible to everyone. In this roundtable discussion, we will talk about overcoming the challenges that we face in becoming a more inclusive movement while examining strategies to increase access to bikes for all citizens and how to improve the social status of bike riders.

Speakers
avatar for Kecia L. McCullough, MSW, CASAC

Kecia L. McCullough, MSW, CASAC

Founder, Black Girls Do Bike: Rochester NY Chapter
 Kecia McCullough is a lifelong resident of the city of Rochester, NY. She is the mother of three adult children, grandmother to one granddaughter, and the oldest of 13 siblings.Kecia is an enthusiastic Community Activist and Advocate; empowering, inspiring, and promoting happiness, emotional and physical wellness, and... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Peck

Marissa Peck

Volunteer, Troy Bike Rescue
Marissa volunteers at Troy Bike Rescue, a community bike collective in Troy, teaching bike mechanics and safe riding to youth. She is a League of American Bicyclists LCI and also works for Capital Roots, a regional fresh food access non-profit.
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Michael Schell

Michael has been biking for pleasure for decades. 7 years ago he joined On the Road Again; a group that rides to assist physically challenged riders including a quadriplegic, amputee and diabetic. The group supports eachother and rides as a team. Michael believes that everyone sh... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
CONNECTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

3:30pm

Roundtable - Access + Equity: Ensuring Access for All - The Community Bike Shop Movement
Limited Capacity filling up

The community bike shop movement has seen tremendous growth in New York in recent years. These organizations are integral to ensuring all New Yorkers have access to safe, functioning bicycles by providing free of low-cost access to used or recycled bicycles, parts, and tools. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll talk about the future of the community bike shop movement, how to keep these organizations operating effectively, and their role in ensuring New Yorkers from all walks of life have access to a working bicycle and bicycling education.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Crandall

Ken Crandall

Director of Safety Education, New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC)
Ken became a part of the NYBC team in October of 2016 as our first Education Director. He is a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor and a board member of the Troy Bike Rescue in Troy, NY. Ken is passionate about bicycle education and safety. As such, he led t... Read More →
avatar for Thea Hassan

Thea Hassan

Transportation Program Manager, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc.
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. has hired Thea Hassan from one of its partners, GoBike Buffalo, to help tackle transportation issues on the expanding Medical Campus. Hassan, who began working as transportation program manager two weeks ago, previously worked as communication outreach director for GoBike Buffalo, where she first began volunteering prior to being hired in 2015. An Ithaca native who also has worked for Ecology... Read More →
avatar for Karen Overton

Karen Overton

Director, Recyle-A-Bicycle, Bike New York
Karen Overton is the founder of Recycle-A-Bicycle, a program of Bike New York since January 2017.  Since 1994 she has promoted youth environmental education, job training and healthy living through school based earn-a-bike programs & ride clubs, summer  youth employment, cycle craft and children's bike swaps. She helped to launch the Youth Bike Summit, a conference dedicated to empowering youth leaders in the bike... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
CONNECTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

3:30pm

Panel - Teaching Beginners to Ride – How to Create Biking Classes That Are Welcoming To Adults and Inexperienced Riders
Limited Capacity seats available

Rich Conroy, Education Director for Bike New York, will introduce their Adult Learn to Ride curriculum and what makes the program unique. Bike New York's Learn to Ride - Adult class is described as: "a free class for adults and mature teens who are ready to ride. Doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, we’ll get you rolling in no time. With our safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride in one session, but even if they don’t, they’ll leave equipped with an easy, low-stress way to teach themselves—or, they can join us for another free class!"

Speakers
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Rich Conroy

Director of Education, Bike New York
Rich has been the Director of Education since starting at Bike New York in 2004. He has a masters and doctorate from University of Notre Dame, and his bike industry experience includes working for Metro Bicycles and teaching middle school kids for Recycle-A-Bicycle. In addition to being a League Cycling Instructor (LCI... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

4:30pm

Panel - Funding Local Projects - How to Secure and Administer Funds for Local Bicycle Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Funding streams can feel like a complicated web that is impossible to navigate for those who aren’t in the know. Infrastructure projects are expensive, and knowing how to obtain and administer funds from a variety of government sources to build bike infrastructure can often be the difference between projects being successful or scrapped. In this session, we’ll examine the paths that money allocated for transportation takes to get to the local level, how to ensure your project meets funding requirements, how to administer those funds in accordance with government requirements, and more.

Moderators
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Kristen Wilson

Grants Manager, City of Kingston Office of Economic and Community Development
Kristen Wilson is the Grants Manager for the City of Kingston in the Office of Economic and Community Development.  She seeks funds for a range of city projects in the areas of transportation, water infrastructure, the environment, housing, fire safety, community development, and public... Read More →

Speakers
PC

Paul Cummings

Planner/Project Manager, The Chazen Companies
Mr. Cummings has a professional background focused on community and environmental planning, public participation, and data analysis techniques. He has led and performed a wide variety of planning and development projects ranging from comprehensive, natural resources, and transportation planning, to community revitalization and economic development initiatives. Mr. Cummings is experienced with many funding programs and project implementation strategies. He is also well-versed in land use law and the environmental review process. He is skilled in public participation and using a number of mapping, visualization and data management technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mr. Cummings is AICP and... Read More →
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Stephan W. Godlewski, PE

Project Manager, Creighton Manning
Steve is a Project Manager with 14 years of design experience. He has been involved in all phases of the trail, highway and infrastructure design process. Steve’s current trail projects include the Adirondack Rail Trail, Empire State Trail, and the Helderberg-Hudson Trail link. Steve is an avid cyclist and loves riding the regions trails with his young family in tow. In his free time, he also Chairs the City of Saratoga Springs Complete Streets Advisory Board where he helps advise City policy and shape projects to improve the safety and comfort of pedestrians and... Read More →
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Christopher Round

Vice President of Planning Services, The Chazen Companies
Mr. Round has over 30 years of public and private sector experience providing planning and environmental services to local communities and private clients.  His early professional experience is founded on investigation of brownfield sites and environmental site characterization studies... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm
CONNECTIONS & INFRASTRUCTURE

4:30pm

Roundtable - Bikes as a Tool in Public Health Interventions
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether people are riding for transportation or recreation, biking is a great way for people to get exercise. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll talk about how bike advocates, transportation planners, and the health community can collaborate to improve biking for the sake of improving public health and wellbeing.

Speakers
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Kyle Hatch

Project Manager, New York Bicycling Coalition
Kyle joined NYBC in January of 2016. He is currently a graduate student at SUNY Albany’s Master in Urban and Regional Planning program. Prior to his role with NYBC, he studied medical anthropology at SUNY Albany with a focus on the wide variety of ways that the built environment... Read More →
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Jamie Konkoski

Community Development Director, Village of Saranac Lake
Jamie is currently the Community Development Director for the Village of Saranac Lake. Prior to taking on that position, Jamie was the program manager for the North Country Healthy Heart Network’s physical activity and nutrition programs from 2007-2017.  She has facilitated the creation of several community coalitions for the purposes of prioritizing and implementing strategic interventions to address two of the main causes of chronic disease... Read More →
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Scott MacRae MD

President, Rochester Cycling Alliance
Scott lived in bike friendly Portland, Oregon for 17 years, then moved to Rochester, NY in 2000 where he promotes the health, safety, and economic benefits of biking as the President of the Rochester Cycling Alliance.


Friday September 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm
WORKSHOP ROOM

4:30pm

Panel - Environmental - Advancing Green Transportation in New York State
Limited Capacity seats available

Communities all over the state are searching for ways to become more sustainable. The bicycle is a tool that fills multiple needs in the never-ending quest towards sustainability. Whether it is green transportation, eco-tourism, or even bike based public services such as park maintenance – there is an opportunity for bicycles to be a solution. As Billy Nye once said: “There is no machine known that is more efficient than a human on a bicycle. A bowl of oatmeal, 30 miles, you can’t come close to that.” In this session, we will examine the many roles of the bicycle as green technology.

Speakers
JL

James Levy

Principal, Planning4Places, LLC
In 2013, James Levy, AICP, joined Planning4Places helping to grow our transportation and land use planning practice. James has 19 years experience in both transportation and land use planning. He has worked with MPOs, DOTs, and municipalities on corridor planning, statewide plann... Read More →
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Mark Lowery

Climate Policy Analyst, NYS DEC
A 29-year veteran of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Mark Lowery has served as a climate policy analyst in DEC’s Office of Climate Change since its formation in 2007. He previously worked as a senior wildlife biologist, regional citizen participation specialist and chief of... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm
TOURISM & ECONOMICS

5:30pm

Closing Plenary & Cocktail Party
Before the party starts we will draw well deserved attention to Ivan Vamos, former New York State Deputy Parks Commissioner and NYBC Founder.   The extraordinary range of Ivan's work on behalf of bicyclists, and pedestrians, dates back at least forty years and includes relentless advocating for the multi-use path on the New Bridge and other bridges in NYS, the creation of the multi-use path plan throughout the 5 Boroughs of NYC, and innovative analysis documenting the health care and other "costs" related to bicycle crashes in our state, now the lowest ranked state in the nation in this category.  Ivan also provided the seed funding for the new in 2017 Vamos Fund For Bicycling Development and we will celebrate the work of the first three grantees.


Speakers
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Jeff Olson

Principal, Alta Planning + Design
Jeff Olson is an architect, planner, and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 25 years. He has had a diverse career with national, international, and local experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This experience was recognized in 2014 by... Read More →


Friday September 15, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
DATA & TECH