Agenda set, registration open for Oregon Active Transportation Summit

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The summit returns to Salem this year.(Photos © J. Maus)

In case you missed it, organizers behind the Oregon Bike Summit — an annual event since 2006 with a goal to make Oregon the best state for bicycling in America — is now known as the Oregon Active Transportation Summit. The event took place in Portland last year, but will return to Salem this year (March 29-30) to take advantage of the legislative session.

The name change is in line with a growing trend to go beyond the bike and build a larger movement by incorporating walking and transit into the mix. Here’s how summit organizers explain the change:

“By welcoming new partners, we will accomplish more for the bicycle movement and our shared goals: safe streets, livable communities, and healthy, affordable transportation options. All facets of active transportation… are after the same thing: promoting cleaner and more active travel options for everyone. So we’re ready to bring together an even larger, more influential and more effective group for the 2011 summit.”

[Editorial aside: I’ve got mixed feelings about the name change; but I’m willing to wait and see how it plays out.]

Along with the name change has come a new website, logo, and the unveiling of the full agenda and list of speakers for the 2011 summit. This year’s event will consist of two full days of learning, networking, and lobbying. The list of speakers and presenters is the most impressive I’ve seen in the event’s five year history. Check out who’s on the opening day panel:

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Tim Blumenthal speaking at the 2009 Summit.
  • Lynn Peterson, Chair, Clackamas County Commission (moderator)
  • Andy Clarke, League of American Bicyclists
  • Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong
  • Gail Achterman, Chair, Oregon Transportation Commission

Day one will also have some meaty breakout sessions (more big names and some very relevant and important topics):

Legislative Priorities: Gerik Kransky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance; Ray Thomas, Swanson, Thomas & Coon; Steph Routh, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition

Politics – The Reality of the Legislature: Randy Tucker, Metro; Olivia Clark, TriMet

Funding – Road Finance Reform: Bob Stacey; Gail Achterman, Oregon Transportation Commission; Chris Rall, Transportation for America; Andy Clarke, League of American Bicyclists

Transportation Health Equity: Mara Gross, Coalition for a Livable Future; Dr. Philip Wu, Kaiser Permanente; Lake McTighe, Metro; Alison Graves, Community Cycling Center; Noelle Dobson, Oregon Public Health Institute

Infrastructure: Sheila Lyons, Oregon Department of Transportation; Roger Geller, Portland Bureau of Transportation; Andrew Singelakis, Washington County Dept. of Land Use and Transportation; Lynn Weigand, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation

Social Marketing Programs: Lindsay Selser, City of Eugene; Jessica Roberts, Alta Planning + Design; Alison Graves, Community Cycling Center

Tourism Benefits of Active Transportation: Scott Bricker, America Walks; Kristin Dahl, Travel Oregon; Alex Phillips, Oregon Parks and Recreation; Veronica Rinard, Travel Portland; Jerry Norquist, Cycle Oregon; Chris Bernhardt, International Mountain Bicycling Association

Bike Sharing Programs: Mia Birk, Alta Planning + Design; Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong; Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Regional Updates: Lake McTighe, Metro; Nathan Broom, Rogue Valley Transportation District

Day two of the summit will be spent at the Capitol as advocates sit down to discuss active transportation priorities with state legislators.

The event is organized by Cycle Oregon and is made possible by sponsorships from a variety of partners including Travel Oregon, the International Mountain Bicycle Association, Bikes Belong, Pedal Bike Tours, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon State Parks.

This is going to be a great summit and I encourage everyone to attend. Registration ($50) is available online. Full details online.

— If you’re curious about what goes on at this event, delve into our archives. I’ve reported from every Oregon Bike/Active Transportation Summit since they began in 2006.


Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Steve B
13 years ago

Any word on scholarships for low-income attendees? $50 entry = large barrier for many.

Steve B
13 years ago

Aha, here’s scholarship info:

Limited Scholarships are Available through Alta Design

Interested folks should send an email to Julie McDougal with a paragraph describing who they are and why they want the scholarship. Deadline for requests: March 22.

13 years ago

Also, the second day of the event is going to be free. It’s a lobby day with Legislators. Just show up in the basement of the Capitol at 9:00am.

Aaron McBride
13 years ago

Thanks for the article and heads up on registration Jonathan. I just completed my registration for 2011.

I attended the 2009 OR Bike Summit in Salem and found the event to be very worthwhile. In 2009, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the legislative session, but I came away energized. I attended again in 2010 and didn’t get the same feeling as 2009, without the legislative sessions. I highly suggest that anyone who can attend this yr in Salem, do so. Especially, make an effort to attend the legislative breakouts on Day 2 & get your voice heard.