Submit a proposal to the Winter Cycling Congress 2016

We’re really excited to see more cities in Canada and the Northern part of the United States promoting year-round bicycling. A great place to learn best practices from other winter cities is at the Winter Cycling Congress. Mobycon organised the Winter Cycling Congress Leeuwarden in 2015 and Mobycon consultant Angela van der Kloof is on the board of the Winter Cycling Federation, the foundation which established the conference series. We’re looking forward to the 2016 congress, which will be the first held in the United States. #WCC16 will take place 2-4 February in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Proposals to present are due next Wednesday, 30 September. Keep reading for all the details about getting involved as a presenter or visit the website


How is winter defined?

This Congress defines “winter” as a season encompassing a full spectrum of weather – including a range of temperatures and types of precipitation. The Congress acknowledges that no matter the climate type, there are real and perceived barriers preventing people from realizing all the benefits year-round cycling and walking can support in terms of health, wealth and happiness for all. Bringing together people from various winter climates allows those who experience similar weather to learn from each other – especially in terms of maintenance approaches. While as a greater group it becomes possible to address the commonalities – for example morning and evening darkness and psychological barriers – that people who ride bikes and walk experience in every winter climate.


Congress Theme & Tracks

In acknowledgement of the rapidly evolving cycling culture in Minneapolis and Saint Paul and in cities across North America, this year’s congress will look at winter cycling through the lens of equity. How do we engage with a wide range of people to ensure everyone in the community has an ownership in bicycling and active transportation no matter the time of year, the neighborhood they live in, their age, ability or background?


With the intent of empowering and engaging more interested but concerned people to keep riding through the winter, the congress will look at bicycle and pedestrian planning from every angle. This will be an opportunity to discuss the policy, planning, engineering, design, maintenance, implementation, evaluation and encouragement necessary to creating a built environment and social context in which cycling is a safe, comfortable and convenient choice in July and January.


There will be three tracks at the congress, including the following.


  1. Build it – policy, planning, engineering and design for year-round cycling and walking
  2. Maintain it – implementing the plan and maintaining safe, comfortable conditions
  3. Bike it –evaluating winter cycling and encouraging health, economic and social benefits

This Congress will celebrate and respect the diversity of the North American cycling movement while also welcoming the inspiration, best practices and lessons bicycle-friendly communities from all around the world can provide.



This is the fourth annual Winter Cycling Congress. Past congresses have attracted stakeholders and thought leaders from many areas, including bicycle and pedestrian planning, Safe Routes to School, civil and traffic engineering, public works, urban design, landscape architecture, public health, journalism, the arts and many other areas. In short, this is a Congress for anyone who lives in a winter climate and works with or rides bikes.


Presentation Formats

Lectures: A 90-minute session with 3 lectures on related topics. You present your contribution in a maximum of 20 minutes. A moderator leads the discussion following the presentations.

Workshops: A 90-minute interactive session that you lead together with another expert on the topic submitted. Tell us about your topic and the approach you suggest for the workshop in your submission form.

Panel session: Together with other experts you join a panel around a common theme. Each panel member makes a short presentation. After, a moderator interviews the panel and engages the audience.

Poster session: A number of topics and experiences are particularly nice to present through a poster. We supply the display space – size will be communicated in advance – and you bring the poster. A few dedicated time slots allow you to present your poster to an audience visiting the posters.

Pecha Kucha: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, this is the formula for a Pecha Kucha presentation. A great format for succinct and entertaining presentations, Pecha Kuchas will be integrated into an evening program.

Mobile tour: Do you know a great Twin Cities route that our visitors need to experience? Mobile tours should be planned with winter weather in mind!

Exhibition: Would like to demonstrate your business’s products or services, your book or your art? No need to fill out the form. Please contact WCC co-Chair Tony Desnick directly by email at adesnick@niceridemn.org.


The deadline to submit is 12:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on 30 SEPTEMBER 2015. 


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