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Press Release - 2017 Georgia Bike Summit p/b Bike Law GA Sept 29-Oct 1 in Macon, GA

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Elliott Caldwell
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8th annual Georgia Bike Summit Highlights Health Economic Benefits of Bicycling, Renewed Focus on Bicycle Safety

Macon, Ga. – Georgia Bikes, a nonprofit organization working to promote and improve bicycling throughout Georgia, is hosting its eighth annual statewide conference, the Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law Georgia, from September 29 to October 1 in Macon. The Saturday conference will take place at the Macon Marriott City Center, with other events taking place across Macon during the weekend, including Open Streets Macon on Sunday October 1. Under the theme of “Bikes at the Heart of Safety, Health, and Opportunity”, the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit will convene elected officials, transportation and tourism professionals, community leaders and citizen advocates for a weekend of networking and resource sharing.

Each year, the Georgia Bike Summit takes place in a different community in Georgia. The Summit moves in order to expose more communities to the benefits of being bicycle-friendly. Macon was selected as the host for the 2017 Summit because of the progress it is making in being more friendly to people on bicycles, from the founding of Bike Walk Macon (the first bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization in the city) to Zagster Bikeshare to the continued development of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail to Macon Connects, the world’s longest pop-up bike lane network. “Macon is on its way to becoming a bike town and we are very excited to be a part of that evolution,” says Elliott Caldwell, Georgia Bikes’ Executive Director. “Rachel Hollar and Bike Walk Macon are leading the way for safe and complete streets, creating a more bikeable and walkable Macon for all its residents and visitors alike – we are glad to bring the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit to a city on the move,” he adds

During the Summit, workshops and speakers will address policy, funding, and infrastructure issues that can help communities interested in sustainable development and improved quality of life. The main conference occurs on Saturday, September 30th, and will feature workshops on topics such as creative funding for bicycle infrastructure to local youth bicycle programming to the health benefits of bikeshare. Summit sponsor Newtown Macon will lead a demonstration of setting up a pop-up bike lane (similar to Macon Connects) on Saturday morning outside the Macon Marriott City Center on Coliseum Drive. The Saturday main speaker is Nedra Deadwyler, Safety Education Programs Manager with Georgia Bikes and founder of Civil Bikes in Atlanta; she will engage the attendees on re-thinking bike education at the state level. Summit attendees can attend Bike Walk Macon’s Open Streets Macon event on Sunday from 2-6pm, starting at the corner of Montpelier Avenue and College Street.

For more information about the Summit, including registration information, visit

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!   

    Registration - Registration is live! Go here

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

                    - 8:30PM - Unwind after the day's sessions at the Bearfoot Tavern (468 2nd St). We'll have a private room for Summit attendees to relax and catch up.

    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. 


10:30AM Session # 1

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

Strategic Partnerships/Collaboration - Erik Speakman, Speakman Consulting

Bicycle Coops/Recycling Programs - Lessons Learned + Challenges from Athens and Milledgeville - Tyler Dewey and Scott Long, BikeAthens and Bryce Shows, Coop De Ville


11:30AM Session #2

Current Trends - Better Biking Through Pop Ups - Ian Sansom, Alta Planning + Design

Incorporating Bicycling Into Community Events + Festivals - Charise Stephens, Georgia Wellness and FItness Festival

Club Leadership in Advocacy – Let’s Role with it! - Keith Larson, SouthSide Cycling Club)


1:15 Main Session -  Let's Revamp Bike Ed! - Nedra Deadwyler, Georgia Bikes + Civil Bikes


2:15 PM Session #3

Youth Engagement of the Local Macon Community - Fletcher Batts, Cycles and Change Macon

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

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


3:35 PM Session #4

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

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

Bicycle Safety 101/Step 1 - Own a Bike?  - Chelsea Carter, Georgia Safe Routes to Schools Resource Center 



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. 


Presenting Sponsor

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In Partnership With



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