World Cycling Alliance Launched at Velo-City Global
ADELAIDE, Australia – The 2014 Velo-City Global conference which took place last Tuesday 27 until Friday 30 May marked the official launch of the World Cycling Alliance (WCA). It unites cycling advocacy groups worldwide to create a collective voice to ensure that cycling issues are represented on the world stage.
The World Cycling Alliance has been initiated by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) who has a strong presence, however they focus on Europe. The launch of the WAC is significant as it provides an international unity between the 84 like-minded founding member organisations. Membership is open to any NGO.
Not just steered by ECF
“The difference to other networks is that it has a governance board as the idea behind it is that it should grow bottom-up and not just steered by ECF people,” said Bernhard Ensink, the secretary general of the ECF who guided the launch and introduction of the board members of the WCA.
“It is our policy to have board members from all continents. This board then has to define the World Cycling Alliance governance.”
The World Cycling Alliance is not a legal entity and to date, for a complete representation throughout all continents, two more steering board members are needed. The members of steering board are:
- Christian Haag from Australia, CEO of Bicycle SA
- DV Monohar from India, president of the Hyderabad Bicycling Club
- Thongchai Panswad from Thailand, president of the Thai Cycling Club
- Tim Blumenthal from the USA, president of People for Bikes
- Jean-François Pronovost from Canada, vice president of Vélo Québec
- Marijke van Haaren from the Netherlands, president of the Fietsersbond
- Manfred Neun, ECF president. He has been appointed president of the WCA.
“The benefits of the membership are two-fold at the moment,” explains Bernard Ensink “The better that we do the advocacy at the international level, the more you can benefit on the local level.”