Mayor Mims presenting to the crowd
On May 19, 2023, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit was held at the Dayton Metro Library. The event was attended by approximately 200 cycling advocates, government officials, and community members. Hosted by the City of Dayton and Bike Miami Valley, it was a showcase of best practices in the cycling realm and was a great way to share the progress that has been made in the City of Dayton with bicycle infrastructure. While there is still plenty of progress to be made, it is hard to believe there wasn’t a single bike lane in the City of Dayton just 13 years ago. Much of the focus of the conference was on how to better connect neighborhoods to each other and to everyday destinations, building upon the top-notch riverfront trail network in the Miami Valley.
Many individuals contributed to the success of the Cycling Summit. Efforts were led by Laura Estandia of Bike Miami Valley. The team lead for the City of Dayton was Jeff Green of our Planning Division. Many others in the division worked to ensure the success of the event, including Elizabeth Dakin, Jen Hanauer, Holly Hornbeak, Ellen Sizer, and Tony Kroeger. Susan Vincent participated in or led three sessions, including a mobile workshop at the Dayton Bike Yard at Welcome Park. Other divisions and departments assisted and participated as well, including Public Affairs, Recreation, Public Works, Engagement, and Recreation.
The Miami Valley Cycling Summit is held every other year. We thank Bike Miami Valley for choosing the City of Dayton for the event, and look forward to the 2025 event in Springfield, Ohio.
Major Taylor Cycling Club was awarded Advocate of Year for an organization
Mike Bissig of Mike's Bike Park was selected as Advocate of the Year (individual category)
The event coincided with Bike to Work Day, and many people attended the summit after visiting Riverscape MetroPark
Stephan Marcellus of the Department of Rec introducing a panel
Susan Vincent introducing the ODOT team
Tony Kroeger getting people where they need to go, I guess
The final discussion after a great mobile workshop
Handing it off to the great city of Springfield, Ohio -- you have a tough act to follow!