‘Cycling Industries Europe’ Advocacy Organization Founded
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European bicycle industry gathered in Brussels last week for their founding meeting of the Cycling Industries European (CIE). It is being created to enable cycling businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to make their contribution to business and society. Cycleurope CEO Tony Grimaldi was elected founding President of the new advocacy organization which will be based in Brussels.
The CIE founding members represent the diversity in cycling, from bicycle and parts makers to bike sharing, cycle logistics, online services, financial services, infrastructure, tourism and consultancy. The CIE will work closely together with that other industry organization based in Brussels; CONEBI.
Tony Grimaldi thanked the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) for their leadership of the cycling lobby in Brussels in the past years. “I am very proud of what we have achieved with the development of the e-bike and bike sharing which are contributing to new mobility in Europe,” said Grimaldi. “Now it is time for the cycling industries to step up, we will take our share of the advocacy in Brussels and bring our company voices alongside ECF.” In his opening speech as President elect of the CIE Grimaldi pointed on the importance of cooperation within the industry. “Before we joined the CIE’s predecessor the ‘Cycling Industry Club’ I was not so much interested in this short cooperation of organizations in the past. But since the foundation of the Cycling Industry Club, I more than convinced that cooperation makes you stronger in advocacy.”
Founding members of Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) included Accell Group, PON, SRAM Cycleurope, WTB and Nextbike along with about 50 other companies. The association will include the Platform for European Bike Sharing and Systems and the European Cycle Logistics Federation, so the new association can represent the whole of cycling’s commercial sector.