The Iowa Bicycle Summit is an annual conference dedicated to promoting cycling as a form of transportation, recreation, and health. The conference is typically held in late January or early February and brings together cycling enthusiasts, advocates, planners, and government officials from across the state to share ideas, discuss best practices, and collaborate on ways to make Iowa a better place to bike.
The Iowa Bicycle Summit was first held in 2010 and has since grown into one of the largest cycling events in the state. The conference typically includes a variety of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities, covering topics such as bike infrastructure, policy and advocacy, education, health and wellness, and economic development. Participants include representatives from cities, counties, non-profit organizations, cycling clubs, and state agencies.
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cycling in Iowa, organizes and hosts the conference each year. The organization works to promote cycling as a form of transportation and recreation, and to make Iowa a safer and more enjoyable place to bike. In addition to the Iowa Bicycle Summit, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition also organizes the annual Bacoon Ride, a popular cycling event that celebrates bacon and biking, and advocates for bike-friendly policies and infrastructure across the state.
Overall, the Iowa Bicycle Summit is an important event for anyone interested in cycling in Iowa. It provides a platform for sharing ideas, building relationships, and working towards a common goal of making Iowa a more bike-friendly state. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist, a transportation planner, or just a casual rider, the Iowa Bicycle Summit is a great way to learn more about cycling in Iowa and connect with others who share your passion for biking.
UPDATE April 4th noon
This year's summit features an incredible lineup of speakers, including Marley Blonsky from All Bodies on Bikes and Mike Bell from RDG Planning and Design.
Marley's keynote presentation will focus on the importance of inclusivity and diversity in the cycling world, while Mike will be discussing the River's Edge Trail Project, which is part of the Iowa River Trail running from Eldora to Marshalltown.
In addition to these informative sessions, we're excited to announce that we're adding a bike ride on Wednesday (weather permitting) at 3 PM from the Courtyard Marriott in Ankeny. This is a great opportunity to get out and explore the area while networking with other summit attendees.