Iowa Bicycle Summit features Lydon during annual conference on January 24, 2014 in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.

The 9th annual Iowa Bicycle Summit will be led by Mike Lydon, principal, The Street Plans Collaborative in New York City.  Lydon will lead a day-long session on bicycle facility design for planners, engineers, and community officials.  The conference is sponsored by the Iowa DOT and organized by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

Lydon is an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities.  He collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009 and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010. Mike is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 and Vol.2.

Before launching Street Plans Collaborative in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program. From 2006 – 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques. At DPZ Mike worked extensively on Miami 21, the recipient of the American Planning Association’s 2011 National Planning Excellence Award, and contributed to several other research and project initiatives. Mike was selected in 2009 as one of 34 Urban Vanguards by Next City magazine.

Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Mike is a CNU-Accredited Professional and he encourages you to trade four wheels for two.

The Iowa Bicycle Summit is now in it’s 9th year and has featured a speakers that have influence bicycle facilities across the state.  Bicycling has seen an explosion in popularity since the advent of the conference.  The Summit is part of the strategy for Iowa to reach the #1 Bicycle Friendly State ranking from the League of American Bicyclists.

For more information on the Iowa Bicycle Summit, visit or contact Mark Wyatt at 515-309-2867.