Cycling Summits – Registration is OPEN!

Registration is now open for the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Cycling Summit: Safe Streets for Everyone taking place April 24-25, 2024!

Join us for a two-day summit to share knowledge, tools and tactics that can lead towards a future where the safety of ALL road users is paramount. Through powerful keynotes, interactive design workshops, informative tours, and knowledge-sharing; our goal is to inspire actionable change in Peterborough and beyond.

As advocates for cycling, we recognize that safe streets encompass more than just bike lanes. This summit presents a unique opportunity to broaden the discourse on safe multimodal transportation.

Brief Summit Overview:

Wednesday, April 24, 7 – 9:30 pm | Showplace Performance Centre
Join us for an evening kick-off event, featuring Ian Lockwood who will share impressive stories of cities transformed through complete streets initiatives. In his presentation, Ian will talk about lessons learned and how people-centred street design has led to renewed prosperity in the cities he has worked. Grazing table, cash bar, door prize draw & networking to follow.

Thursday, April 25, 9am – 5pm | McDonnel Activity Centre
Hear from speakers who will share proven approaches to transportation safety, including tools, tactics and lessons learned from around the world, participate in a walking or biking tour, and re-imagine roads and intersections in collaborative design workshops. Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

Bike Rentals & Billeting
Coming from out of town and need a place to stay? Want to participate in a bike tour but don’t have a bike? We have you covered! Bike rentals and billeting will be available.

Bike & Walking Tours
More Details about tours to come. Stay tuned!

The cost for both days of the summit is $15 or by donation.

We have an incredible lineup of speakers who approach safe streets from the perspectives of public health, city planning, accessibility, engineering (and more!), who will help broaden the conversation around road safety and building a transportation network that can benefit everyone.



Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm
Showplace Performance Centre

IAN LOCKWOOD P.Eng., is a Livable Transportation Engineer with Toole Design Group. Ian has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering and is a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, where he studied the relationship between city-making outcomes and transportation infrastructure choices. In the 1990s, Ian served as the City Transportation Planner for West Palm Beach, Florida, where he led some of the first arterial road diet and calming projects in North America.

In 2005, Ian collaborated with Barbara McCann to define the term “complete streets,” an idea about inclusive design which has since spread widely. Ian applies the “Path-as-Place” doctrine to all his work on Main Streets, active transportation, downtowns, campuses, highway removals, and traffic reduction/evaporation projects, with a goal of increasing social and economic exchange. Currently, Ian is co-developing designs practices to help streets and open spaces become places that are highly inclusive of people with vision and mobility disabilities. In his leisure time, Ian enjoys photography, cartooning, and road cycling.


Thursday, April 25, 9:30am
McDonnel St. Community Centre

Dr. Whitehead will share experience from her road safety work in over 30 cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She will describe how mobility systems affect health outcomes, from crashes to air pollution and physical activity. Examples of how these low-resource cities around the world are creatively addressing safer and more sustainable mobility will be presented and lessons learned applied back to Peterborough.

DR. SARA WHITEHEAD is a public health physician with over 25 years’ experience at local, national, and international health institutions. As a consultant to Vital Strategies (New York) since 2015, she leads a team strengthening road traffic injury surveillance systems in 30 cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, supporting road injury prevention interventions through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety. She helps city governments get access to better data, well-analyzed, to inform their interventions for safer and more sustainable mobility.

Sara previously worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 14 years as a medical epidemiologist, most of that time in CDC’s Bangkok office. She was a Medical Officer of Health with northern First Nation communities in Ontario and Saskatchewan before moving to the CDC. She obtained her MD at McMaster University, an MPH at Johns Hopkins University, is certified in both Family Medicine and Public Health/Preventive Medicine, and has an appointment as Assistant Professor at Queens University Faculty of Health Sciences.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys paddling, hiking, and experimenting in the kitchen.


Thursday, April 25 at 1PM
McDonnel St. Community Centre

VALERIE SMITH’S role as Director of Programs at Parachute is focused on road safety and safe mobility. At Parachute she oversees all of Parachute’s road safety campaigns. She also oversees the mobilization of Parachute’s Vision Zero (VZ) network, with nearly 1,000 stakeholders across Canada. Through her role at Parachute, she has worked with transportation representatives and partners at federal, provincial, territorial and municipal jurisdictions. She led a Parachute Canada team in developing cutting-edge VZ published resources such as Change for Good Roads – An intersectoral approach to urban road safety, and Parachute Vision Zero: Canadian Landscape 3.0 that profiles jurisdictions implementing or considering Vision Zero.

Val is taking a leadership role for Parachute in promoting the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030) in Canada in collaboration with CARSP and other national groups. She also is the President of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

As a spokesperson at Parachute, she participates regularly in national and local interviews and presents at national, provincial, and international road safety conferences. In 2022, she received Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation Road Safety Achievement Award, recognizing outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations.

Past Cycling Summits

On October 4th, 2014, P-BAC held the 4th annual Peterborough and the Kawarthas Cycling Summit and first-ever Peterborough Youth Bike Summit.

All photography © Evan Holt.

City Cycling Infrastructure Project Prioritization

To support the City as they seek to implement the cycling infrastructure projects outlined in the recently approved Comprehensive Transportation Plan, participants were asked to indicate the three projects they would prioritize in the next 5 years.

• To view the results from this activity, click here.

• To view a map of the proposed projects,click here (for the accompanying list of project descriptions, click here).

County Cycling Infrastructure Project Prioritization

The County of Peterborough is presently reviewing their Transportation Master Plan. To support the identification of potential cycling infrastructure projects, participants were asked to indicate the location of three problem or priority areas within the county.

• To view the results from this activity, click here.

County Cycling Policy Prioritization

As part of the Transportation Master Plan review, the County has developed a number of policy alternatives to support active transportation, including cycling. Participants were asked to indicated their top policy priorities. To view the results of this activity, click here.


The County has encouraged local-area cyclists to provide feedback on their Transportation Master Plan recommendations. Representatives for the County have indicated that very few comments related to cycling have been received thus far. Public input into this process can help to shape cycling infrastructure for years to come. Click here to download the latest Public Information Centre display boards, outlining elements of the proposed plan revisions – to download the comment form, click here.