The 2021 Miami Valley Cycling Summit is hosted by Bike Miami Valley and the City of Kettering. This regional event will be held virtually on May 7th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with the option to participate in a self-guided ride of Kettering’s bike amenities and assets on Friday, May 14th from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The event welcomes elected officials, government staff, local leaders and cycling advocates to participate. The virtual event will take place on the platform Remo, which will allow for an interactive virtual conference. Click here to register on Eventbrite for the event. From there, you will be invited to join the platform Remo starting on April 10th to set-up your profile.
History of the Cycling Summit
In 2009 and 2011, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit provided an opportunity to bring all elements of the movement together in a collective fashion. In doing so, we were able to take away a more cohesive strategy with similar goals and actions, and, in turn, initiate the re-conception of a regional grassroots cycling advocacy group (Bike Miami Valley).
In 2011, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit brought together over 300 cycling enthusiasts, representing 12 cities, 40 area organizations and hundreds of cycling supporters.
In 2013, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit attracted nearly 400 participants to Clark State University in Springfield. National experts detailed how cycling can connect numerous aspects of our community, region, and nation in the Cycling Connects feature presentation. The Bike Springfield chapter emerged as the first chapter of Bike Miami Valley from the Cycling Summit, also the Bike Share Feasibility study was introduced, which lead to the Link Dayton Bike Share program.
In 2015, the keynote speaker, Mayor Bill Peduto inspired attendees with the story of Pittsburgh’s transformation of its streets into a city-wide bicycle network. The host community, the City of Piqua, installed bike racks throughout the downtown community as their legacy project. The founder of the Cycling Summit, Andy Williamson was recognized as Bike Miami Valley’s advocate of the year.
In 2017, Greene County Parks and Trails led a coalition of communities in Greene County to plan the summit. Wright State University lent an amazing venue and was the recipient of the legacy project dollars raised at the Summit to go toward a bicycle library. The 2017 keynote speaker was Aparna Dial of Smart Columbus. Ohio Bicycle Federation was recognized as the group advocate of the year for their work on the three foot passing law. Bob Shook was recognized post-mortem for his work on trails in Miami County. Finally, Ed Dressler, the “Father” of the paved trails network in Greene County was recognized as advocate of the year. He served for many years as the Director of Greene County Parks and Trails. His advocacy and continued dedication for the Rails to Trails program and talent for bringing communities together over a shared vision are the key reasons why our region can now boast of the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network.
The City of Miamisburg hosted the 2019 Cycling Summit and welcomed keynote Kathleen Griffith. Ms. Griffith spoke about her role as the President of Visit Bentonville and how her agency has made Bentonville a mountain biking destination for visitors and residents alike. The Friends of the Little Miami Scenic Trail were recognized as the Organization Advocate of the Year and Joanne and Terry Harris were recognized as Advocates of the Year for their leadership of the senior cycling group, Changing Gears. The City of Miamisburg legacy dollars went toward a trail entrance enhancement on the Great Miami River Trail.
The Summit continues to provide a venue for the public to share their ideas with public officials, for communities to share successes and struggles surrounding their bikeway master plans, and a place for all to celebrate the successes experienced in the last 20 years.
Even though this year’s event is virtual, there may still be opportunities to volunteer on the planning committee, or to volunteer during the self-guided ride day on May 14th. Please fill out this form if you would like to learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities: