The fourth annual Alberta Bikes Conference will feature the exciting theme of cycle tourism! Speakers from across Canada, North America, Europe and Australia will discuss the tourism potential of bike share programs, adventure cycling, and tourist-oriented cycle trails. This is an excellent opportunity for industry, government, and advocacy groups to meet with everyday cyclists to discuss ideas and strategies for advancing the future of cycling in Alberta and Canada.
- Learn best practices in cycle tourism, including a diverse array of successful initiatives across the world
- Learn how cycle tourism can act as an economic and tourism driver for communities
- Explore how to design and promote cycle tourism initiatives within your community
- Have your opinions heard and share your ideas with industry and government representatives
For 2016 the Alberta Bikes Conference is returning to beautiful Canmore Alberta. Here you will find award-winning festivals, world-class mountain sports, outstanding health and wellness, vibrant arts and culture, unique boutique shopping and remarkable dining experiences. And all of this is set amid an impressive mountain landscape offering limitless outdoor activity across an expanse of provincial parks, wildland reserves, emerald green waterways, unspoiled wilderness and snow-capped mountain peaks.
Bike Friendly Canmore is home to the iconic Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail, High Rockies Trail, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park and countless other opportunities to experience bike life making it the ideal setting for the 2016 Alberta Bikes Conference theme of cycle tourism.
The 2016 conference program is set to be our biggest and best, opening with Karly Coleman, MLA Cam Westhead, and MLA David Shepherd followed with two full days of sessions with industry experts. See below just some of our impressive lineup for the conference program in 2016.
Andy Clarke | Keynote Speaker
Andy has three decades of experience in national and international bicycle and pedestrian policy, planning and program experience including 12 years as President of the League of American Bicyclists. He joined the League in 2003 to establish and implement the Bicycle Friendly Community program, taking over as the CEO in 2004.
Andy’s career includes five years as Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals – where he wrote groundbreaking case studies and reports for the Federal Highway Administration. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in nearly every major development in bicycling and walking policy and planning, including the formation of the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, multiple federal transportation funding bills, and Vision Zero. Andy has trained thousands of state and local officials on bicycle and pedestrian facility design, universal design, and implementation. He has spoken extensively in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe on these topics.
Scott Bricker | Elevating and Perfecting Bicycle Tourism
Scott is the Manager of Destination Development with Travel Oregon. He’s spearheading Oregon’s bicycle tourism development initiative including the Bicycle Tourism Studio, leading active transportation projects, and supporting development of an outdoor recreation strategy as well as sustainable development initiatives including Travel Oregon Forever and the Rural Tourism Studio.
Louisa Mursell | Cycle Tourism Destination Development
As Executive Director at Transportation Options, Louisa has launched, actively contributed to and managed programs that include the Ontario By Bike Network, Ontario By Bike Industry Partnership, Bike Train and Parkbus. Louisa has considerable experience working in the tourism industry and worked for private tourism businesses at international destinations before turning her sights on Ontario travel and tourism. A keen cyclist and outdoors enthusiast, she holds much knowledge of the cycle tourism and outdoor adventure sectors in Ontario.
Cameron Spence | How could this work in Alberta?
As Industry Development Manager for Travel Alberta, Cam inspires organizations to develop a collaborative approach to building competitive advantage.
Joachim Hochstein | Urban Cycling Tourism
Joachim Hochstein is a trained geographer involved for 25 years with the promotion of cycling in the Frankfurt Region – whether as a student, functionary or professional. He sees the main challenge in interaction with all stakeholders for the development of a city-compatible mobility culture. The bike makes a significant contribution.
Dr Elliot Fishman | Bike Share Planning
Director Transport Innovation, Institute for Sensible Transport (Melbourne, Australia).
Dr Elliot Fishman completed his PhD at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety on the topic of global bike share. He has advised the Australian Prime Minister’s Office on sustainable mobility as well as the New York City Department of Transport and Transport for London regarding bike share. Since 2005, Dr Fishman has been the Director of Transport Innovation at the Institute for Sensible Transport. He has led the Feasibility Studies for Bike Share in several Australian cities, including most recently in Sydney. Aside from bike share, Dr Fishman advises City Governments on disruptive transport innovation and autonomous vehicle policy.
He is currently writing a book on global bike share, to be published by Routledge.
Steve Parish | Bikes and Ajax, Ontario
Steve Parish was appointed as Mayor of the Town of Ajax in December 1995. He is the longest serving Mayor in the Town’s history, having been re-elected to the position in each of the Municipal Elections, from 1997 to 2014. Mr. Parish has been an outspoken advocate for the environment and sustainable development. In 2000, he championed the adoption of an environment first Official Plan by the Town of Ajax. He is a proponent of the Province of Ontario’s Greenbelt initiative, and successfully advocated that all of the Town’s non-urban lands be placed in the Greenbelt. He presently serves as Co-chair of Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. An avid cyclist and cross-country skier, Mr. Parish can often be seen cycling around Ajax. He takes great pride in the Town’s picturesque waterfront, open spaces and unique landscapes, and its storied history.
Jacob Johnson | Tour De Canmore
Jacob is a Specialist Engineering Technologist and Technical Supervisor with the Town of Canmore Engineering Services team. He has led impactful projects such as the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail, the Trans-Canada Highway Pedestrian Underpass, and transformative initiatives such as Bike Friendly Canmore. Jacob is currently working on implementing public transit service in Canmore, a number of complete street projects, and is a member of the core team for developing Alberta’s Bicycle Design Guidelines. As an avid mountain biker he can often be found riding the mountains surrounding Canmore or building and maintaining local trails with the Canmore Trail Alliance.
Veronica Pelletier & Eric Baron | Keynote – National Parks
Veronica is the Trails Officer for Parks Canada in the National Office and Eric Baron is the Product Development Officer for Banff National Park.
Michael “Mac” McCoy | Connecting the Dots
Media Specialist, Adventure Cycling Association (Montana, USA)
While pedaling through Missoula on a cross-country tour in 1974, Mac learned of a grassroots movement called Bikecentennial. One thing led to another, and he’s been working for the organization since 1976 (except for a four-year gap in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when he worked as a field archaeologist and national park ranger). In the mid-1990s Mac researched the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and wrote Cycling the Great Divide, considered the thru-rider’s bible. Today he works from his home office in the Tetons, helping to inspire would-be and veteran bicycle travelers through various projects. He is currently collaborating with the Publications Department on a large-format book celebrating the 40th anniversary of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, set to publish in 2016.
Ryan Correy | The Emergence of Bikepacking in Canada
Adventure Cyclist & Founder of BikePack Canada
Ryan Correy is one of Canada’s most respected adventure cyclists. His passion on two wheels began at the age of 13, when he and his father embarked on a series of cross-country tours around North America (AKA “Manhood Training”). Their journey is chronicled in Ryan’s autobiography, ‘A Purpose Ridden’.
The Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership valedictorian has since taken on many of world’s toughest cycling challenges, including: a 25,000 km epic tour from Alaska to Argentina, the grueling Race Across America (solo), raced 4,418 km of remote mountain terrain on the Tour Divide (2x), a crippling 6 day 20 hour stationary cycling record attempt, become a 24 hour mountain bike racing champion, an Ironman, and successfully navigated the 1,200 km Arizona Trail from Mexico to Utah. The list goes on.
In between planning his next adventure, Ryan regularly speaks to groups on endurance and how to turn passion into purpose. He also serves as the Fueling Guru for Hammer Nutrition Canada – entrusting hard-earned sport nutrition advice to amateur and professional athletes alike – is the founder of Bikepack Canada, and a regular contributor to various cycling publications.
About Alberta Bikes
WE are a not-for-profit group of dedicated volunteers who strive to encourage collaboration and growth within the cycling industry in Alberta and Canada. By building a broad network of business entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and everyday cyclists, we are helping to forge closer ties between industry and government and contributing to the sustainable growth of this exciting industry.
WE are the evolution of the Alberta Bicycle Commuters Conference (ABBCC), and we continue to attract a wider base of cycling enthusiasts and influencers.
WE value and support:
- The biking environment and community in the province of Alberta. We seek out and welcome outside expertise and learned experiences to support the growth of the cycling industry worldwide.
- Bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, you name it. It’s pedal-powered locomotion that sets us apart.
- Cycle tourism, commuting, leisure, recreation, infrastructure, guidelines, awareness, education, and all things that make Alberta a great place to bike.
WE believe that if we work together, we can make the cycling experience better for those already riding and make it more attractive for others to join in. More bike riders leads to a cleaner, safer, healthier, quieter, happier atmosphere, and who doesn’t want that? Alberta Bikes aims to bring together those who ride and those who have some influence over the biking environment in order to establish a plan for better biking and, consequently, better living in Alberta.
WE host an annual conference to gather diverse stakeholders and industry leaders to connect, learn, and collaborate on Alberta initiatives and solutions. Please join us in Canmore Alberta, September 17 and 18.
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Learn more about Alberta Bikes and the 2016 conference at albertabikes.ca
There is a sprawling wilderness playground right on Canmore’s doorstep begging to be explored. Don’t forget your camera!