Summit Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The 2022 Vermont Walk Bike Summit Committee invites you to share your expertise and creative endeavors with colleagues at our upcoming conference. We are planning to meet in person, and there will be a mix of inside and outside meeting space available. We encourage you to think outside-the-box to design sessions that can be conducted partially or completely outside (e.g. in an available outdoor “room,” while walking or biking, etc).  At least one presenter should be available in person. Innovative session formats, such as facilitated roundtables, live polling, or discussion groups, are encouraged. 

At this year’s summit, we are specifically requesting proposals that align with the following tracks to include an equity and inclusion lens to help build knowledge and capacity to advocate for change within our communities. We recognize barriers that have existed in traditional transportation systems and structures, and are committed to building more equitable systems across Vermont. We wish to elevate voices and experiences from those who have been marginalized by transportation systems and structures. 

We anticipate organizing sessions into the following tracks:

  1. Advocacy and Funding

How do we best advocate for pedestrian and bicycle improvements and ways to get these funded?

Examples of presentation topics:

  • Coalition Building
  • Best Practices of  Working with Local Governments 
  • Building Support for Active Commuting
  • Pop Up/Demonstration Projects
  • Community Education and Outreach
  • Adult Bicycle Commuting Programs
  • Funding for Walk/Bike Programs and facilities
  1. Built Environment 

Explore development of an active transportation network, cost-effective measures to increase bicycle/pedestrian safety and access, and innovative designs that communities can implement to increase biking and walking.

Examples of presentation topics:

  • Community Design and Planning
  • Designs for Cycling and Walking Facilities – Specific Treatments
  • Innovative on-road bicycle design
  • Safe Pedestrian Crossings
  • Bicycle Amenities (e.g. tool stations, showers, and parking)
  • Integrating Sidewalk or Streetscape Design with Private Development
  • Coordinating bicycling and pedestrian spaces with transit
  • Low-hanging Fruit –  Biking and Walking Safety Improvements
  1. Economic Development

Highlight the financial benefits of walkable and bikeable communities. 

Examples of presentation topics:

  • Walking, Biking and Trails Tourism (organized walks, rides, etc.)
  • Zoning for Great Neighborhoods
  • Walk Score for Housing 
  • Adapting to a Covid world
  • Placemaking
  • Bike/Ped. Friendly Business Programs
  • Downtown/Village Center Projects to Spur Private Investment
  1. Safe and Healthy Communities

Best practices for bicycle and pedestrian safety education and combining active transportation messaging with health promotion.

Examples of presentation topics:

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety – Rules of the Road/ Safe Passing Law
  • Safe Routes to School Post Federal Funding – Keeping Programs Alive
  • Partnerships with Health Professionals 
  • Share the Road Messaging
  • Successful Law Enforcement Programs
  • Developing Long-term Skills for Children
  • Accessible Design
  • Bicycle Parking Examples
  • Safe Crosswalks
  • Placemaking projects that result in quality bicycling or walking environments
  • Bicycling and walking as climate change solutions

Process and timeline: Sessions are 90 minutes long and will contain multiple presentations. We seek presentations between 5 and 45 minutes including questions and answers. Mobile workshops could take the full 90 minutes. Please be clear about your expected length or any other special considerations. To submit a proposal, please complete the online form by Feb. 4. You will be notified two to three weeks after if your proposal has been accepted. Any questions may be sent to the Conference Committee via email at VTWalkBikeSummit@gmail.com.

Past Summits

2018 

2018 Summit Program 

2018 Speaker Bios