Not Your Average Conference: Leadership Retreat Registration and Call for Proposals Open

State and local advocates are growing biking and walking in North America. Slowly but surely, our communities are becoming safer and more accessible for everybody. 

But we still have a long way to go. To become an even stronger, larger, more sophisticated movement, we need to make sure that the best ideas rise to the top. We need to make sure that the next generation of leaders is equipped with the tools to be successful.

That's where the Alliance Leadership Retreat comes in. At this biennial meeting of the minds, hundreds of biking and walking advocacy leaders from across North America gather to reconnect and share best practices and innovations. We pinpoint what really works, toss aside what doesn't, and build our capacity to win better walkability and bikeability in our communities.

This year, the Leadership Retreat will take place September 5 - 8 at Antiochian Village Conference Center, about an hour outside Pittsburgh, PA. 

If you're an advocate – whether you've worked on these issues for years or you're new to the field – there are two ways you can get involved right now.

1. Register for the 2014 Alliance Leadership Retreat

Registration is now open for the Leadership Retreat, and early bird pricing is available until June 3. Don't wait – sign up today!


If the price will be tough for you, you can apply for a scholarship.

2. Submit a proposal for a session at the Leadership Retreat

Nobody is going to benefit from learning what works in your community unless you take the time to share it. 

Leading a session at the Alliance Leadership Retreat – either in facilitating a discussion or presenting on specific topics, programs, or campaigns – is your opportunity to grow our movement by seeding conversation about the biggest lessons, issues, and opportunities in biking and walking advocacy.

Topic sessions are 75 minutes each. Session ideas are due by June 6, 11:59 pm Eastern.


This is going to be a great conference. The goals of the 2014 Leadership Retreat are to:

  • Mature the movement by bringing newer groups to the next level and offering advanced training for larger organizations;
  • Share successful campaigns and learn how to implement advocacy campaigns in your community;
  • Foster dialogue and mutually beneficial relationships between advocates;
  • Explore funding and resource options to create sustainable organizations;
  • Share communication tactics for your members and larger community to understand the benefits of walking and biking organizations;
  • Develop the skills of a new generation of leaders; and, of course,
  • Enjoy time spent together

Join us!