Iowa Bicycle Summit

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The 2015 Iowa Bicycle Summit, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24.

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The 2015 Iowa Bicycle Summit will roll into Des Moines Friday, Jan. 23, at the Community Choice Convention Center, 833 Fifth Ave., at the Iowa Events Center. The Iowa Bicycle Summit is the education conference offering training to engineers, community officials, and advocates on how to build better bicycle facilities.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Iowa Statewide Safe Routes to School meeting will be held from 8:30 until 10 a.m. at the Community Choice Convention Center. Walking School Bus Best Practices will be highlighted during this session and is poised to attract people involved in Safe Routes to School programs from all over Iowa. The Safe Routes to School session will be free.  

2015 Iowa Bicycle Summit speakers
Two main speakers will lead the bicycle facility workshop. Alicia Zimmerman, of Denver, will be presenting on protected bike lanes. Zimmerman will help attendees understand how to implement this type of facility in their communities.

Tim Springer, of Minneapolis, will present on greenways. Springer spent part of his career working on the Midtown Greenway, which has been described as a bicycle superhighway in downtown Minneapolis. Since working on the greenway, Springer has been guiding communities to repurpose streets into areas better suited for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.  

New this year will be a technical session on mountain bike facilities and pump tracks. This session will bring in Jake Carsten and Mike McIntyre, of Austin, Texas, for a session on pro-build of dirt bicycle facilities. Such facilities have been popular lately and these pros will show how to do it right.

Melinda Barnes has been working on rural complete streets models in Montana and will speak about her experiences as director of Bike Walk Montana. Barnes has been contributing to an upcoming Rural Complete Streets Guide.

More programming on Safe Routes to Schools, Bicycle Friendly Businesses, and success stories from across Iowa will be presented during the conference.


Community Choice Convention Center
Iowa Events Center
833 Fifth Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309


Session Register by Jan. 3, 2015 Register after Jan. 3, 2015
Friday summit: $135 $160
Saturday event: FREE FREE

Register for the 2015 Iowa Bicycle Summit