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Program - 2017 Georgia Bike Summit p/b Bike Law GA

We are excited to see everyone from across Georgia at the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law GA September 29-October 1 in Macon!

The Marriott City Center is the host hotel for the weekend, with rooms available for attendees at a discounted rate. Go here for more info. 

Starting bright and early on Saturday, Newtown Macon will be doing a demonstration of a pop-up bike lane next to the Marriott City Center (a lane that will connect to downtown Macon across the river!)

We will have an updated schedule for the weekend this Friday, but here is the slate of presentations for main day on Saturday September 30th, starting at 10AM:

-  Thinking Outside the Lane: Creative Bike/Ped Funding Sources; Colin Moore, Grant Writer, City of Jacksonville, FL

-  Current Trends: Better Biking through Popup and Demonstration Projects; Ian Sansom, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design

-  The Health Benefits of Bike Share – A First Hand Perspective; Steven Cousins, Board Member, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

-  Strategic Partnerships + Collaborations; Erik Speakman, Speakman Consulting

-  Bicycle Safety 101 Step 1: Own a bike?; Patti Sistrunk, Project Manager, Georgia Safe Routes to Schools Resource Center

-  Considerations for Cycling Events: Insurance, Safety, and Participant Satisfaction; James Parks,  James C. Parks, Jr. Attorneys at Law, LLC

-  Let's Revamp Bike Ed!; Nedra Deadwyler, Safety and Education Programs Manager, Georgia Bikes

- Incorporating Biking Into Festivals and Community Events; Charise Stephens, Executive Director, Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival

-  Youth Bicycle Engagement in the Macon Community; Fletcher Batts, Cycles & Change Macon

- Bicycle Coops + Recycling Programs - Lessons Learned + Challenges from Athens and Milledgeville; BikeAthens' Bicycle Recycling Program in Athens, GA and Co-op de Ville in Milledgeville, GA

-  Suburban Bicycle Advocacy – Small Budget, Big Dreams; Dennis Carman, Bike Alpharetta

-  Roswell to Macon: The Local case for Regional Connectivity; Nathan Sears, Bike Roswell Ride Director, Bike Roswell

and more!

2017 Georgia Bike Summit in Macon, GA - Sept 29-Oct 1


2017 Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law Georgia

   When - September 29-October 1

    Where - Macon, GA - Marriot City Center as host hotel with events happening through out the city

    Who - All bicycle advocates and friends from across Georgia and beyond!   

Schedule of Events:

    Friday night -  6:30PM - Casual ride/bicycle tour of Macon with Bike Walk Macon, meet at Just Tap'd - 488 1st Street in downtown Macon. We will have bikes available for attendees who can't bring their own.  Can't make it to the ride? We will return to Just Tap'd at 7:30PM for a pre-Summit social event. 

    Saturday - 8AM-10AM - Pop-up bike lane installation (connecting the Marriott City Center to downtown Macon) with Newtown Macon

                    - All day program at Marriott City Center with speakers, presenters, dynamic conversations, and informative tabling

    Sunday - Join Bike Walk Macon and others in Macon for Open Streets Macon 

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are opporttunities for sponsors at all levels - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a sponsor packet. 

Call for Presenters

Session proposal form is here


Registration is live! Go here

Host Hotel

Book special room rates at the host hotel, Macon Marriott City Center, here

Scholarships/Financial Assistance

Georgia Bikes wants all people to attend the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit, regardless of income level or access to resources. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about financial assistance. 



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Bike Walk Macon



Since 2010, Georgia Bikes is proud to present our statewide annual conference for advocates and professionals to gather, network and collaborate to help our state continue to be a better & safer place for people to ride a bike. If you're interested in learning about our past seven bike summit events, check them out here

The Georgia Bike Summit is taking place in conjunction with Bike Walk Macon's Open Streets event on Sunday October 1st. More info about that event here