The Bike Summit

As you know, we love cycling and bike-commuting. It’s the whole focus of our #carfreeme initiative. Now, there’s an event coming up that ties bicycle advocacy with cycle commuting. It’s The Bike Summit here in Madison, Wisconsin. We’ll be there, and we hope you will as well. Here’s Kevin Hardman, the executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, to tell us what happens there.

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Wisconsin’s most important bicycling event of the year is coming up on April 19th. It is not a race or a ride. It’s the Wisconsin Bike Summit—a day when people who love Wisconsin bicycling come together for inspiring workshops and important meetings with their legislators.

Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett will kick-start our Summit with a session on the exciting bicycling opportunities in Wisconsin. Secretary Klett will also be highlighting the $1.5 billion impact that bicycling has on Wisconsin’s economy.

Denmark’s bicycle guru Andreas Røhl leads Copenhagen’s bicycle program, making the city famous for being the world’s best bicycling community. An amazing 40% of people who work or study in Copenhagen commute by bike, and among folks who also live in Copenhagen, the rate is even higher—about 55%. This is a huge change from the 1970s, when the percentage of Copenhagen residents who used the bicycle as everyday transportation was in the single digits—not unlike many Wisconsin communities today.

The Wisconsin Bike Summit is the annual culmination of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s work to make the state an even better place to bike. The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is a statewide, nonprofit bicycle-advocacy organization with thousands of members. We inspire, motivate, and unite a strong community of civic, business and political leaders, motorists and bicyclists to move bicycling forward in Wisconsin.

Register now for the Wisconsin Bike Summit on April 19. Attending the Summit is not only inspiring, educational, and fun, it is also the best opportunity for you to stand in support of Wisconsin bicycling.

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Kevin (pictured with his oldest daughter Sophia) is responsible for managing every aspect of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s day-to-day operations including deployment of staff and programming, fundraising, and shepherding the organization’s statewide, legislative advocacy.

Kevin joins the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin with over 15 years of business and real-estate development experience. He is a strong advocate for the creation of bikeable and walkable communities. Kevin is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), an organization that promotes human-scale development, and is past national chair of CNU’s Development Task Force. He is also on the board of directors of the Village of Wauwatosa Business Improvement District (BID).

Kevin holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Favorite bike: 1988 Centurion Sport DLX

Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: “Autumn ride up to Holy Hill in Washington County.”

One response to “The Bike Summit

  1. I went last year and it was well worth it. I plan on being there again next week for myself and to represent the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition. It is definitely not about spandex and racing, but about building healthy, livable communities.