2019 Summit Program-At-Glance

Delegates gathered for the 2018 National Bike Summit (photo. Y. Bambrick)

Pre-Conference Session – Sunday May 12th – Cartier Suites Hotel
1:00pm – 4:30pm
National Trails and Greenways discussion
Discuss the future of greenways and federal policy on trails across Canada with invited special guests including Kevin Belanger of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and more!


SUMMIT DAY 1 – Monday May 13th – Ottawa City Hall

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 8:50am
Welcoming remarks

8:50am – 9:20am
Opening Keynote
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

9:20am – 9:50am
Canada and Its Peers: What A Country Can Accomplish with a Cycling Strategy
Anders Swanson, Vélo Canada Bikes

9:50am – 10:20am
Economic Benefits of Increasing Cycling in Canada
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

10:20am – 10:40am
Refreshment Break & Networking

10:40am – 11:20am
By the numbers: Measuring Bicycle Usage in Canada
How Cycling is Increasing across Canada – Insight Project – Yvonne Verlinden, TCAT
National Active Transportation Report Card- Jamie Hilland, Urban Systems

11:30am – 12:30pm
Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1: The (Surprising?) Importance of Bicycle Parking for Boosting Cycling in Canada

Breakout #2: Cycling and Equity in Canada

Breakout #3: Municipal and Provincial Cycling Initiatives in Canada

Breakout #4: Cargo Bikes, Trails, and the Societal Benefits from Cycling for Canada

12:30pm – 1:15pm

1:15pm – 1:45pm
Increasing Cycling in Canada to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Dr. Karl Saidla, Carleton University

1:45pm – 2:30pm
BIKE$: What does the future of the bicycle industry in Canada look like?

2:30pm – 2:50pm Refreshment Break

2:50pm – 3:10pm
Political Perspectives
Elizabeth May
, Federal Green Party Leader

3:10pm – 3:50pm
Power and People: The Future is Here. A panel discussion all about e-bikes, why they are changing transportation and what Canada can do to prepare

3:50pm – 4:30pm
Keynote Address
Dr. Kay Teschke, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

4:30pm – 4:45pm
Closing remarks

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Evening Reception- Parliament Hill
Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Caucus
National Cycling Advocacy Awards Ceremony


DAY 2 – Tuesday May 14th – Parliament Hill

8:00am – 9:00am
Continental breakfast and presentations:
Delegate training for Cycling Education Day
Overview of meeting with MPs and Senators
Review of messaging and documents

**9:00am – 4:00pm (throughout)**
Cycling Education and Engagement Meetings
Teams of Summit delegates will meet with MP’s and Senators and discuss the case for cycling as a tool to achieve our Paris targets, improve the health of Canadians, reduce inequality and boost our economy

Core Programming (concurrent with meetings with political representatives)

9:00am – 10:00am
Provincial-level Active Transportation Strategies in Canada

10:00am – 10:30am
Why, where and how Federal Support for Cycling is Key

10:30am – 11:00am

11:00am – 12:30pm
Federal Cycling Advocacy Workshop

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Collective Next Steps as Cycling and Active Transportation Stakeholders

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Wrap Up: Lessons Learned

3:00pm – 4:00pm

8th Annual Bike Day on the Hill (made possible by National Health and Fitness Day Foundation)

Gather on the steps of Parliament with your bike

Interprovincial bike ride with Parliamentarians, guests and delegates from the National Bike Summit

6:00pm – 8:00pm
BBQ in the East Block Courtyard