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Illinois Bike Summit

Be sure to join those interested in better bicycling conditions at the 4th annual Illinois Bike Summit! Learn from experts and network with others at this year’s event, organized by the Ride Illinois and Champaign County Bikes. Nearly 300 advocates, professionals, and government officials from around the state attended last year’s summit.

The Summit will energize you and teach you something new, whether you are a seasoned pro or just someone interested and curious about helping your town be more bike-friendly.

Main Summit Program
Wednesday, October 28
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
I-Hotel, 1900 S. First Street
Champaign, IL

Includes an opening plenary session, a lunchtime session, and four other time slots offering breakout session choices. Other options before, during, and after the main program include niche topic “coffee talks”, group meetups, a local bike tour, a networking reception, award presentations, and more.

NACTO Training
Thursday, October 29
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Illinois Terminal, 45 E University Ave
Champaign, IL

A national-level training on NACTO’s Urban Bikeway Design Guide is limited to 60 participants and primarily intended for professional planners and engineers.

Registration Fees – Register Here
Regular (non-member) – $50
LIB members – $35
Students – $25
NACTO Training (Oct. 29) – $100

Join Ride Illinois and become eligible for the members registration discount!


Session Topics

Local Bike Planning Basics – Products, Process, and Case Studies

Protected Bike Lanes and Neighborhood Greenways (bike boulevards)

Complete Streets Policies – Tools and Local Implementation

Winning and Implementing a Grant for your Trail/Bikeway

The Economic Impact of Trail Tourism

IDOT’s Complete Streets Policy and Implementation

Advocacy Leadership Development

League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle-Friendly Community program

Child Bike Safety Education Curricula and Facilities

Counting Bikes, Using Data

Bike Maps – Paper and Digital

Using BikeSafetyQuiz.com to Educate Bicyclists and Motorists in your Town

How to Legislate for Bikes

Community Bicycle Workshops

Download our (tentative) detailed schedule and description of sessions and coffee talks.


Ed Barsotti, Ride Illinois

Jason Jenkins, Active Transportation Alliance
Hanna Kite, Active Transportation Alliance
Jim Merrell, Active Transportation Alliance
Heather Schady, Active Transportation Alliance

Cynthia Hoyle, Alta Planning + Design
Josh Sikich, Alta Planning + Design

Bryan Schmid, Bi-State Regional Commission

John O’Neal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Doug Ferguson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Mary Ellen Wuellner, Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Kickapoo Rail Trail

Amy Camp, Cycle Forward

Christy Davis, Illinois Department of Transportation
Aren Kriks, Illinois Department of Transportation
Amy Madigan, Illinois Department of Transportation

Greg Piland, Federal Highway Administration

Brendan Kevenides, Freeman Kevenides Law Firm

Steve Clark, League of American Bicyclists

Phil Young, Northern Illinois University

Carrie Bottrell, Peoria Park District’s Bicycle Safety Town

Stacey Meekins, Sam Schwartz Engineering

Nate Roseberry, TY Lin International

Liz Mallott, University of Illinois
Jarrod Scheunemann, University of Illinois
James Whitacre, University of Illinois

Paul Fitzgerald, Working Bikes

NACTO Training

NACTO Training takes place the day after the summit in downtown Champaign. If parking is full at the Illinois Terminal, please use the First Street lot one block northeast – bring $2 in coins.

Participants will learn state-of-the-practice solutions for on-street bikeways, based on lessons learned from the world’s best bicycling cities, and apply these lessons in a workshop. The design charrette format will incorporate classroom and field activities, and provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between engineers, planners, and other professionals.

Learning objectives:

• Become familiar with innovative bike facilities covered in the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, including cycletracks, protected bike lanes, and bicycle boulevards.
• Learn how to tailor on-street bikeway solutions to their communities
• Apply principles of the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, including short-term and long-term strategies
• Learn appropriate context and warrants for facility implementation.


Nathan Roseberry, PE
Senior Transportation Engineer, T.Y. Lin

Timothy Gustafson, AICP
Senior Planner, T.Y. Lin

Continuing Education Hours

Several of the Illinois Bike Summit breakout sessions will offer continuing education credit for professional engineers and, most likely, planners. Details are still being finalized, but expect at least 3 PDH credits and 4 AICP CM credits (pending) to be available. The NACTO training offers 6 PDH and AICP CM credits.


We encourage Summit attendees to consider staying at the I-Hotel. If you are a student or volunteer and need assistance finding more affordable options, please email us at info@rideillinois.org.