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Illinois Bike Summit to focus on infrastructure, education, and inclusion

Local advocates, transportation planners, engineers, and anyone interested in making biking for recreation and transportation better on their block or in their community are invited to attend the Illinois Bike Summit on Tuesday, September 15.

This online event is organized by Ride Illinois — the statewide, nonprofit, bike advocacy organization. The summit’s keynote speaker will be Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists.

The themes for the summit — infrastructure, education, and inclusion — will be woven into many of the presentations and breakout sessions.

Several Active Transportation Alliance staff will moderate informal Coffee Talks at the start of the day and share their knowledge during breakout sessions. At the end of the day, there will be Q&A sessions during which attendees can pose their questions to some of the presenters.

No matter your level of knowledge or expertise, there will be many learning opportunities for attendees.

Past Illinois Bike Summits have taken place in Bloomington-Normal, Champaign, and at UIC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for attendees, Ride Illinois decided to forego plans of hosting the summit at Harper College in Palatine. Offering the event online using an all-in-one event platform eliminates the need for attendees to travel. The online format also allowed Ride Illinois to significantly reduce the registration fee.

Ride Illinois hopes that this year’s online summit will bring together a record number of advocates and professionals to learn, share ideas, offer solutions, and network. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to make biking better in Illinois!

The registration fees are

  • $10 for high school and college students
  • $20 for Ride Illinois members
  • $60 for all others

Ride Illinois realizes that many people in Illinois are under serious financial pressure due to the pandemic and/or loss of income. Contact us at to request a reduced or complimentary registration to the Illinois Bike Summit.

Learn more about the summit or register. Contact Ride Illinois at with any questions.

This post was written by Dave Simmons, Executive Director of Ride Illinois.