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Next Week Velo-city 2018 Takes Place in Rio de Janeiro

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – From 12 to 15 June Rio de Janeiro will become the bicycle capital by hosting the world’s biggest event on cycling and urban mobility; Velo-city. During four days from 12 to 15 of June 2018, Velo-city 2018 will gather almost two thousand people sharing the interest for urban mobility issue.

Next Week Velo-city 2018 Takes Place in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro turning into world’s bicycle capital at next week’s Velo-city. – Photo ECF

The plot of the conference can be summed up as follows: learn to live in order to attain happiness and quality of life, since we all need to integrate life with transportation to create a living economy. The city of tomorrow is a city with Access to Life.

165 projects discussed in parallel sessions

The Velo-city Conference Series is connected to education, transport, tourism, leisure, culture, innovation, sustainability, and public policy. Debates, panels and lectures with exceptional personalities from the world of cycling and urban mobility will take place. Overall the works of 165 activists, engineers, universities, companies, local governments and civil society organizations will be discussed in the parallel sessions.

Velo-city 2018 is a European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) realization in partnership with Rio Municipality, through Riotur. “After realizing the Velo-city in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, ECF Council took the unanimous decision to foster a Latin American Velo-city edition: and Rio has been the most noticeable choice”, stated the ECF former president, Manfred Neun.

Rio de Janeiro turning into world’s bicycle capital

“By hosting the Velo-city, Rio de Janeiro will turn into the world’s bicycle capital, a healthy, clean and sustainable means of transportation, an excellent alternative for our city. Last year I have been in The Netherlands for the last edition of the event, and I received the keys to host 2018 edition and I could feel the love of Dutches for bicycles”, tells Rio de Janeiro mayor, Marcello Crivella.

Chosen in 2015 to host the 2018 edition of the event, the city of Rio de Janeiro lived up to the selection, especially for the connection between this important means of transportation and the culture of the city.

“Bicycle is the symbol of Rio and we want to show to the world our cycle tourism potential and how this means of transportation is embedded in our scenario”, explains Marcelo Alves, Riotur’s president.

About the Sessions

The wide program of Velo-city goes beyond academic or political approach, merging the social side of urban mobility with real life. In total, eight panels will take place, twice a day in premier locations of the venue. Five parallel sessions will be held simultaneously during each slot. Eight sessions are dedicated to scientific research about cycling as means of transportation, organized by the Scientists for Cycling, a classification of works selected by the ECF together with the UFRJ – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and introduced by scholars from all over the world. The local organization Transporte Ativo joined the program’s team which received more than 300 works, assessed them together with the ECF, and selected 165 speakers from 34 countries.

La Frida project

Like a big net, the issues are connected and complementary. During the plenary session “City for All”, the activist Livia Suarez will introduce the project La Frida, which inspires woman representative in urban mobility by boosting black women life in Salvador’s periphery; whereas the president of Equaticity association, the American Olatunji Reede, will speak about the racial issue in Chicago black suburbs and cycling as a tool for social inclusion; while UNICEF ex Secretary General, the Italian Eliana Riggio, will talk about the development of public policies aimed at building up safe, healthy and fair cities for children.

Megacities and Global Policies discussed

Another plenary is dedicated to “Megacities”, which will discuss obstacles and opportunities for the development of a sustainable mobility system in megacities. The Sub-Secretaries of Mobility of Mexico City, Laura Ballesteros, and Buenos Aires, Paula Bisiau; São Paulo’s Transportation Municipal Secretary, Sergio Avellada; and Nova Deli’s researcher, Anvita Arora, will participate in the panel.

The panel “Cycle tourism” will explore sustainable tourism, in terms of economic advantages for cities and regions, by putting together a panel of experts including ECF’s Advocacy Director Adam Bodor, and Riotur’s president, Marcelo Alves. The last panel is about “Governance”, with a worldwide politicians’ meeting on the development of inclusive, efficient and healthy systems of transportation and mobility. The ex-Mayor of Santiago of Chile, Carolina Toha; and Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Marcelo Crivella, will take part in the discussion.

The “Global Policy” plenary will be comprised of worldwide experts from the World Bank and the UN, represented by WHO (World Health Organization) and UN Habitat agencies, and SUM4ALL (Sustainable Mobility for All). The theme of this panel will centre around cycling as key for achieving better policies on urban sustainable development.

More activities

– Velo-city Exhibition – The Exhibition will feature booths of private companies, public institutions and associations, exhibiting works, initiatives and innovative services to Velo-city audience. It is the first time that the exhibition and the conference share the same venue, facilitating participants’ circulation and activities integration.
– Workshop – Parallel to the event, on June 14, the mayor Marcelo Crivela will meet representatives of public institutions and organizations as UNICEF, WHO and UN-Habitat,
during a workshop at the Museum of Tomorrow speaking about cycling transportation’s governance and public policies.
– Bike parade – On June 13 the Conference calls all participants for a Bike Parade around the city, beginning from the port area to the Aterro do Flamengo (6 km); the Parade is open to the public.

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