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WCC 2019 call for proposals

The call for proposals is now closed. All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal by December 7, 2018.

A detailed schedule will be published in mid-January 2019

The 7th Annual Winter Cycling Congress is coming to Calgary February 6-8, 2019. We invite all interested participants to submit a proposal to help us create an exciting conference program.


This year we want to explore how winter cycling contributes to building an accessible, equitable and resilient city. Northern cities have a lot to learn from one another and we look forward to sharing best practices and learnings (success and failures) on how to support winter policies for transportation, recreation and overall citizen wellbeing.

Themes and Topics:

Winter cycling

  • Cycling infrastructure
  • Maintenance
  • Inclusive design
  • Recreational winter cycling (tourism)

Winter cities

  • Placemaking
  • Policies and strategies

Safety for all

  • Year round road traffic safety in communities
  • Innovative road design for accessibility and active transportation
  • Ensuring equity in infrastructure investments

Cycling Culture

  • Education
  • Marketing/Encouragement
  • Advocacy
  • Youth focused or youth led initiatives

Local stories and experiences (Calgary and area)

Have an interesting perspective you want to share about Calgary or the Bow Valley area? Maybe you want to take conference delegates on a tour of your favourite coffee shops or public art pieces or highlight an initiative that makes cycling in the Calgary region unique?

Out of the box!

Propose any unique ideas or topics that you think we would want to feature in the program!


Breakout session presentation

Breakout sessions will feature four to five presentations (10 to 15 minutes each) covering a range of topics under a common theme.

Workshop or Panel Discussion

A 75 minute deeper dive into a topic or theme. These sessions can be presented/ facilitated by one or more people and should include an interactive component for the audience.

Mobile Tour

1.5 to 2 hour cycling (or walking) in Calgary, may involve taking transit to reach a tour destination.

Pecha Kucha

20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. We'd like to host a special afternoon/evening session that brings together our local community with out of town delegates to share cycling education, encouragement and advocacy initiatives.

Important information:

  • The submission deadline is November 23, 2018 at 11:59 P.M (Mountain Standard Time). (Complete)
  • All submissions will be reviewed by a panel
  • All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal by December 7, 2018.
  • Accepted abstracts will need to confirm conference registration by January 11, 2019.

Please contact with any questions or technical issues.