Washington Bike Summit Program

Washington Bike, Walk, and Roll Summit

2020 Bike, walk, and roll summit keynotes:

We are pleased to announce our two keynotes for the Summit - Charles Brown and Anna Zivarts - who are experts in the fields of active transportation, disability rights, and equitable policy.


Charles Brown

Anna Zivarts

Charles Brown is the founder and managing principal of Equitable Cities LLC - a nationally known urban planning, policy, research, and multimedia firm working at the intersection of transportation, health, and equity.

Anna Zivarts is a low vision organizer and the Director of Rooted in Rights, a non-profit that tells authentic, accessible stories to challenge the stigma around disability, mental health, and chronic illness.

2020 Summit focus and naming change:

The Washington Bike Summit is now the Washington Bike, Walk, and Roll Summit. We’ve renamed the summit to reflect a big goal: to create a space where advocates and professionals discuss and advance the often overlapping but sometimes distinct and different needs of people who bike, walk and roll. 

We believe this change is crucial in building a just transportation system, and inclusive advocacy movement across the state. We want to harness  the intersectionality of planning, advocacy, and education for all types of active users to realize a transportation system that works for all – regardless of how we get around. 

Becoming the Bike, Walk, Roll Summit marks an evolution and a goal, and one we might not achieve in year one. The summit will hopefully serve as the start of a longer process of integrating conversations surrounding biking, walking, and rolling. In making this change, we recognize that this summit will not be perfect, and this serves as the first step in a longer journey to true intersectionality and shared space. 

Active transportation advocacy is a space that belongs to all users of active transportation, and should be a place in which bicycle, pedestrian, and disability advocates can learn from and share with each other and plan for a future that works for all of us.



Past Program: 2019 Washington Bike Summit: New Mobility

2019 Keynotes

Due to technical difficulties, audio was not available for the video of Robin Mazumder's speech.  However, you can access a secondary audio recording here.


Thank you everyone who attended the Washington Bike Summit!  We appreciate all of our panelists and keynote speakers. We are excited to share highlights from this memorable event.  We hope you will share your thoughts, and will continue to learn about new mobility.  



Nicole is the Program Manager at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) supporting Cities for Cycling, and the Better Bike Share Partnership. Prior to joining NACTO, Nicole worked with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation managing grant funded community development projects, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission on wheelchair accessibility initiatives, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels where she worked on the implementation of citywide cashless tolling. Nicole holds a Master of Urban Policy Analysis and Management degree from The New School, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University. Nicole is passionate about the role of community engagement in the development of public resources, and the use of transportation programming and policy as a tool for social equity.



Robin MazumderRobin Mazumder will talk about human-centered urban design and how his experience as a mental health occupational therapist led to a new understanding of the psychological impacts of urban design.  Robin is a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he spends his time studying the psychological impacts of urban design. Using sophisticated wearable technology and immersive virtual reality, he examines how people experience cities. Robin’s research is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award.

Always striving for a healthier, happier, and more inclusive city, Robin is also a passionate community builder. His advocacy and research and has been featured in numerous outlets including CBC Spark, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Cycling Magazine, University of Toronto Magazine and University Affairs. Avenue Magazine named him one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 in 2014.

Room Layout for Washington Bike Summit


Monday, February 11

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9:00 am  - 10:00 am Check-in for registered attendees - Guests can collect their badges and conference materials at the basement level of Hotel RL. Self-serve breakfast, coffee, and tea available.

Monday, February 11, 9:45 am - 10:00 am - Fir Room - Welcome - Gabe Meyer, Policy Director, Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes

Monday, February 11, Session 1, 10:00 am - 11:15 am - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room)  -  Mobility Transformations via Ebiking  -  Amy Snyder Ohta (University of Washington, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Literature); Mike Nelson (Pedego Redmond), John MacArthur (Portland State University); and Mike Radenbaugh (Rad Power Bikes)

Electric assist bikes (ebikes) are rapidly changing who is biking and how often. This panel brings together rider, manufacturing, retail, and transportation research perspectives. Amy Snyder Ohta will consider mobility transformations from the rider perspective via ebikers' stories from an online forum, sharing the impact of ebiking on users' recreation and commuting, including perspectives of people with disabilities. Mike Radenbaugh will discuss why ebikes are becoming more accessible by sharing his personal manufacturing journey and stories from the people, police departments, and businesses that ride his bikes. From the retail environment, Mike Nelson will share his experience with adapting bikes, training riders and creating solutions for customers across the ability spectrum. John MacArthur will present research results on mode shift potential and the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction as a result of more e-bikes on the road.

Monday, February 11, Session 1, 10:00 am - 11:15 am - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock Room)  -  Public Bike Parking in the Age of Shared Mobility  -  Hallie O’Brien (Seattle Department of Transportation, Bicycle Parking), Joel Miller (Seattle Department of Transportation, New Mobility), Andreas Piller (Bellevue Transportation Department), Kristina Walker (Tacoma’s Downtown On the Go, Alejandro Chouza (JUMP) and moderated by Brock Howell, (Bicycle Security Advisors)   

There can be only as many people bike as there are safe places to lock-up bikes at destinations. Beyond just bike lanes, city governments play an essential role ensuring neighborhoods and districts have sufficient bike parking while sidewalks also remain uncluttered for accessibility. As dockless bikeshare and scootershare grow, local governments will also need to employ new space management strategies for parking the bikes. On this panel, learn from city transportation department staff, a transportation demand management leader, and a new mobility company on how they’re working collaboratively on public bike parking solutions. 

Monday, February 11, Session 1, 10:00 am - 11:15 am - Parallel Panel C (Pine Room)  -  Sneak Preview of New AASHTO Bike Guide  -  Michael Hintze (AICP, Toole Design), and Craig Schoenberg (PE, Toole Design)

The AASHTO Bike Guide is the national bicycle transportation design manual referenced by state and local jurisdictions. Attendees of this session to learn how major upcoming changes to this manual will provide for All Ages and Abilities designs, and will fundamentally change bikeway design and MMLOS practices.  The current draft includes substantial revisions to existing guide and recommends additional chapters to provide guidance new facility types, improved safety, and increased demand. The presentation will include proposed content from the draft including tables and design guidance graphics that include considerations for urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Monday, February 11,  11:30 - 1:00 pm (Fir Room)   -    Lunch & Speakers:   Roger Millar (Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation) will remark on how new mobility impacts the transportation system and bicycling, and then introduce the keynote speaker, Nicole Payne (Program Manager, NACTO) who will share their insights on working for greater social equity in transportation programming and policy.

Monday, February 11, Session 2, 1:15 - 2:30 pm - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room)  -  Lessons Learned on New Mobility: Benefits and Challenges with Adaptive Bicycling and SchoolPool   -  Erin David (Alta Planning + Design); and Armaghan Baghoori (City of Kirkland), and Andy Stevenson (Sequim Wheelers)

Hear from people directly working on expanding mobility options for two unique populations.  Beginning in 2017, King County Metro and three area communities launched the SchoolPool program, a safe routes to school-focused effort.  Get an overview of the King County Metro Safe Routes to School Toolkit and open source materials. Further, Sequim Wheelers will share lessons learned in bringing new mobility to people with limited mobility.  Learn insights into implementing a wheelchair bike program in Sequim, WA with emphasis on the benefits for the participants, the community, and volunteers.

Monday, February 11, Session 2, 1:15 - 2:30 pm - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock Room)  -  Measuring Levels of Traffic Stress and Evaluating Community Perceptions of Active Transportation   -  Cody Wuestney (Perteet), Mike Hendrix (Perteet), Guillermo Bermudez (Washington State Department of Transportation), and Nicole Campbell (Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council)

Level of Traffic Stress is a new approach to understanding and ultimately improving bikeways for riders of all ages and abilities. Get a summary of results from a community survey on active transportation, public transit, and biking in this region. Further, engineers from Perteet will share a how metrics for Level of Traffic Stress can more accurately reflect ridership.  This bicycle-safety oriented metric is used by planners to inventory bicycle-facilities for a city, but unlike Level of Service (LOS), it does not account for existing levels of ridership. Preliminary results of an LTS analysis of state right-of-way being developed as part of the State Active Transportation Plan will also be shared.

Monday, February 11, Session 2, 1:15 - 2:30 pm - Parallel Panel C (Pine Room)  -  Inclusive Bikeshare:  Can it work for All Ages and Abilities Part I: Panel  -  Jerry Zelada (League of American Bicyclists), Brian Camozzi (University of Washington), Isaac Gross (Lime Bikes), Carol Kachadoorian (Toole Design), and Katie Knapp de Orvañanos (Toole Design)

This session will discuss bikeshare as a mobility options for older adults and for those with temporary or permanent disabilities. Drawing on their professional and personal experiences, Toole Design Planners Katie Knapp de Orvañanos and Carol Kachadoorian will set the stage by reviewing the need for and benefits of inclusive bikeshare, types of bikes, and bikeshare distribution models. The session features a panel discussion among those working on inclusive biking and Bikeshare: Jerry Zelada (co-organizer for Portland’s June 2018 Everyone Rides event; a League of American Bicyclists board member) and Brian Camozzi (worked on inclusive bikeshare while at the Seattle DOT), and Isacc Gross (General Manager - Lime Bikes). Participants are encouraged to consider how a change in their own mobility could influence the way bikeshare is provided. Participants may also be inspired with their new-found knowledge to attend the session following this one to play the Inclusive Bikeshare Board Game.

2:30 - 3:00 pm  Coffee and Tea Break (Lobby)

Monday, February 11, Session 3, 3:15 - 4:30 pm - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room)  - Community Perceptions of Active Transportation, Public Transit & Bike Sharing in North Central Washington  -   
Nicole Campbell (Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council)

The NCW Mobility Council and the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council surveyed residents of Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan & Grant counties on how they use public transportation to help us update the human services transportation plan, additionally we also asked questions about active transportation and interest in bike sharing. We received 800 responses and learned more about biking and walking in rural areas then we were expecting. The presentation would share survey results and lessons learned from the survey.

Monday, February 11, Session 3, 3:15 - 4:30 pm - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock Room)   -   Lessons from Open Streets: Transforming Mobility through Grassroots and Community Events  -  Megan Ramey (Founder of Bikabout.com); Peter Cornelison (former Hood River City Councilor), and Susan Loftus (Co-founder, Bainbridge Mobility Alliance)

After Hood River held Streets Alive, the city's first open streets event in September 2018, it launched a groundswell of grass supports for active mobility, connected key political and planning stakeholders and was celebrated by the local community. Nine months later, they successfully won grants from ODOT and AARP, and were endorsed by the City. This session will share lessons for successful collaboration directly from the event co-organizers. In October 2018, Bainbridge Island held their first open streets with the central concept of exposing residents and officials to an All Ages, All Abilities way of thinking regarding bike infrastructure, equipment and place-making.  Hear about the goals, outcomes and lessons learned from these two cities on their first open streets.

Monday, February 11, Session 3, 3:15 - 4:30 pm  -  Parallel Panel C (Pine Room) -  360 Degree Equity  -    Courtney Williams (Bicycling Advocacy Consultant, The Brown Bike Girl); Nicole Payne (Program Manager, NACTO), Río Oxas (Policy & Programs Organizer, People for Mobility Justice); Jessica Kim (Associate Multi-modal Engineer, SDOT); and Margo Dawes (New Mobility, Data, and Equity Strategic Advisor, SDOT)

True equity initiatives are impact-driven and must draw upon the diversity lived experiences in order to create meaningful change for the many rather than the few in any area. Attend this panel of interdisciplinary cycling advocates (govermental, grassroots, and economic development) as they share current evaluation models and guidance on shifting equity initiative focus beyond mere bike presence and ridership numbers.

Monday, February 11, Session 3, 3:15 - 4:30 pm - Parallel Panel D (Fir Room)   -   Inclusive Bikeshare: Can it work for All Ages and Abilities Part II - Bikeshare Board Game  -  Carol Kachadoorian (Toole Design), and Katie Knapp de Orvañanos (Toole Design)

Building on an earlier panel about inclusive bikeshare, this second part includes an interactive workshop for evaluating bikeshare through a bikeshare boardgame.  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to attend Part I: Panel (presented in Session 2: 1:15 - 2:30 pm, Panel C, Pine Room)

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Monday, February 11, 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm -  Mobile Workshop: Tour at Intercity Transit  -    To join, please use the RSVP

Participants for this session will meet a representative from Intercity Transit at a in the lobby of Hotel RL. RSVP is required. Participants will then take a complementary ride on the public bus to the Intercity Transit’s brand new Youth Education Center, where they will receive a short tour of the agency’s bicycle and pedestrian engagement programs. 

Monday, February 11, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm -  Happy Hour at Hotel RL 

Join us for a happy hour at the conference hotel with appetizers and refreshments.  This will be a no-host bar.  We encourage you to network with speakers, sponsors, and attendees of the Washington Bike Summit.  It's also your chance to engage with the staff at Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes who led this event.  

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Tuesday, February 12

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8:00 - 9:00 am  - Check-in for registered attendees - Guests can collect their badges and conference materials at the basement level of Hotel RL. Self-serve breakfast, coffee, and tea available.

Tuesday February 12, Session 1, 9:15 - 10:30 am - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room) -  Cooper Jones Bicyclists Safety Advisory Council  -     Scott Waller (Washington Traffic Safety Commission), Chris Comeau (City of Bellingham), Alex Alston (Washington Bikes/Cascade Bicycle Club), and Charlotte Claybrooke (Washington State Department of Transportation)

For the past year the Cooper Jones Bicyclist Safety Advisory Council has been learning about issues facing Washington State's bicycling community. Their findings and recommendations are presented in a report to the Legislature. This presentation would discuss how those recommendations were formed and how they could positively affect bicycling.

 Tuesday, February 12, Session 1, 9:15 - 10:30 am - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock Room)  -  Inclusive bikeshare (and e-scooters): What do we know about older adults?   -  Carol Kachadoorian (Toole Design), and Rae-Leigh Stark (Toole Design)  

This session will review bikeshare and e-scooter survey data from Toole Design’s extensive work on bikeshare system planning, along with a separate survey about bikeshare sent to a group of older adults who are participating in a multi-year survey about their cycling habits. The session will focus on what we know about bikeshare planning survey response rates for older adults, along with how their responses compare to those of other age groups, and what survey results are showing with the emergence of new technologies, including the emerging field of e-scooters.  Participants will be encouraged to be engaged through Mentimeter and an open Q&A format.

Tuesday, February 12,  Session 1, 9:15 - 10:30 am - Parallel Panel C (Pine Room)  -  The Micro-Mobility Effect:  Spokane and Tacoma  -    Brandon Blankenagel (Senior Engineer, Integrated Capital Management, City of Spokane), and Meredith Soniat (Active Transportation Coordinator, City of Tacoma)

Learn about key steps to transforming their transportation and mobility options. Spokane's micro-mobility pilot coupled with a consultation contract to 'design' bikeshare created a feedback loop that continues to inform the City for a customized system. Focus groups continue to craft policy to define this new transformative transportation option.  Hear lessons from their efforts, and what's next.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 2, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room)  -  Ready or Not? Using Public Health Behavior Change Theory and Transcreation Lens to Accelerate Mode Shift  -  Cailin Henley (Alta Planning + Design), Sully Moreno (C+C), and Andrés Rodríguez (C+C)

The surge of emerging micro-mobility technologies fosters opportunities to encourage new audiences. If we build safe and attractive streets, people will bike, scoot, and walk more often, but how many do so depends on who’s willing to try new modes. Using public health behavior change theory, Alta Planning + Design has developed an evidence-based behavior change model, learn about the stages of change theory, and its application.  In addition, Sully Moreno and Andrés Rodríguez from C+C, a communications agency, applied a transcreation lense to engage new audiences in trying new modes of travel. Their team has observed how most transit programs are not designed to overcome language, cultural, or digital literacy barriers - even though nearly 1 in 10 Washington residents speaks a language other than English.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 2, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock Room)  - Making Olympia a Bicycle-Friendly City: What Comes Next  -    Jim Lazar (former chair, Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee), Karen Messmer (Olympia Safe Streets Campaign), and Michelle Swanson (City of Olympia Public Works)

Olympia is developing a proposed network of separated bike lanes, bike boulevards, and trails as part of its Transportation Master Plan, which is currently under development. But the work of shifting Olympia towards being bike-friendly began in 1980 with a small cohort of cyclists. Hear firsthand how these cyclists became advocates through coordinating on comprehensive plans, capital budgets, public hearings, creating a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, and ultimately the Olympia Safe Streets Campaign. Now that all the “low-hanging fruit” have been built, learn how the city plans to address more challenging - and costly - projects.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 2, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Parallel Panel C (Pine Room)  -  Bikeable Walkable Washington: Developing a Statewide Network  -    Barb Chamberlain (Washington State Department of Transportation) and Kim Voros (Alta Planning + Design)

WSDOT Active Transportation Division will present work in progress to identify existing bike routes and infrastructure and the goal of connecting and completing a statewide network. Network analysis will be based on a set of criteria being developed in the Statewide Active Transportation Plan update, including a Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress measure of state routes, and will incorporate current and future US Bicycle Routes. Participants will break out by region and work with local and regional maps to prioritize opportunities to address gaps and barriers and link existing infrastructure. People planning to come to this workshop are asked to bring current bike and trail maps and any plans or concepts they know of for their area. (GIS data links to bike maps, if available, should be emailed to WSDOT Active Transportation Division in advance; send to barb.chamberlain at wsdot.wa.gov).

Tuesday, February 12, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Fir Room) - Lunch & Speakers:  Barb Chamberlain (Washington State Department of Transportation) will share updates from WSDOT and how new mobility is transforming active transportation, and will then introduce the keynote speaker, Robin Mazumder (doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo) who will discuss new research into human-centered design, and why it matters to design cities with people in mind. 

Tuesday, February 12, Session 3, 1:45 - 3:00 pm - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room)  -  Words Matter: Communicating in the New Mobility Future   -  Barb Chamberlain (Washington State Department of Transportation)

It's #DriverNotCar--unless the car is autonomous. It's a bike lane--or is it a lane for little vehicles with wheels? Is it "active transportation" when some devices have batteries or do we start talking about human-scale transportation in a different way? In all of this, how do media coverage and safety campaigns shape our assumptions and beliefs about who's at fault in a #CrashNotAccident? Participants will practice recognizing and applying frameworks that help reveal hidden assumptions and omissions, discuss what belongs in a definition of active transportation, and take away a style and usage guide. Training and tools will be useful for commenting on official documents, responding to media coverage, and developing safety campaign messaging.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 3, 1:45 - 3:00 pm - Parallel Panel B (Hemlock Room)  -  Measuring Multimodal Connectivity: Testing and Refining a Highway Permeability Rating System for Washington State   -  Kim Voros (Alta Planning + Design), Andrea Weckmueller-Behringer (executive director, Walla Walla Valley MPO), and Charlotte Claybrooke (Washington State Department of Transportation)

State highways can act as both a barrier and an opportunity for bicycling. On one hand they provide direct routes through many areas but the roadways can also truncate communities and impede the free flow of people crossing from one side to another. This session will state roadway crossings and how making it easier to cross a roadway (e.g., increasing permeability) is critical to improving cycling conditions across the state. This session will first explore bicycle networks and the concept of permeability, outlining a FHWA-funded study initiative kicking off in the Walla Walla Valley. Next, this session will discuss existing conditions and demonstrate the need for more permeable state roadways identified through work conducted by the Walla Walla MPO. Finally, WSDOT staff will present new guidance on identification and application of appropriate countermeasures that may be deployed across the state to make crossing state roadways easier and safer.

Tuesday, February 12, Session 3, 1:45 - 3:00 pm - Parallel Panel C (Pine Room)  New Technologies & Trails -   Tim Stapleton (Department of Natural Resources, Statewide Recreation Manager); Randy Kline (Washington State Parks); Jon Snyder (Senior Policy Advisor, Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development); and moderated by Yvonne Kraus (Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance)

Representatives from Washington State Parks, State Department of Natural Resources, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on how changes in the economy are challenging long standing trail planning practices and trail use conditions. Panelists will briefly present major changes they are facing at their agencies, and what trail users can do to help navigate the changes, including new e-bike legislation and anticipated agency steps in managing this new technology. Be a part of a lively debate, share your thoughts with agencies, and be a part of creating solutions.

3:00 - 3:30 pm  Coffee and Tea Break (Lobby)

Tuesday, February 12, Session 4, 3:30 - 4:45 pm - Parallel Panel A (Cedar Room)   -   Parallel Panel A - Unconference Space: Connect, Network, & Share 
This space is left open for participants to connect, reflect, and continue conversations from the past two days. This is an unhosted, unmoderated time to have a space set aside to make time for these connections. Feel free to plan meet-ups or follow ups in this time with other Summit participants or to bring materials and ideas to share with folks interested.

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2018 Washington Bike Summit: Innovations in Bicycling

2018 Keynote videos​

2018 PANEL PRESENTATIONS (powerpoints)

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