Velo-city Conference 2013 in Vienna
VIENNA, Austria – Vienna has decided to make 2013 the year of cycling. One special highlight of this year will be the Velo-city Conference organised by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the City of Vienna from 11 to 14 June. Following the motto “The Sound of Cycling – Urban Cycling Cultures”, a rich and varied program will focus on cycling in the city.
Experts and speakers specialised in the field who wish to communicate their knowledge, know-how and practical experience to the conference participants and aim to establish network contacts may submit contributions until 22 October 2012.
Cycling is culture
“Vienna is the city of music and culture. With ‘The Sound of Cycling’, this Viennese speciality is to become part of the Velo-city Conference. Along with the classic themes of music and theatre, for several years Vienna has been establishing its own bicycle cultures that are becoming more and more visible. Thus bicycles are not only used with growing frequency as a healthy and ecologically sound means of transport, but also transforming into an element of cultural life in the Austrian capital”, says Maria Vassilakou, Vice Mayor of the City of Vienna.
In addition to numerous expert presentations, network meetings and discussions, one week of cycling tours, movie nights, a bicycle picnic, a bicycle fashion show, bicycle races and many other events will make Vienna THE bicycle hotspot for all conference participants as well as for the city’s population at large.
Vienna is an emerging cycling city with a steadily growing number of cyclists and a colorful cycling community. It is planned to increase the share of cycling in urban traffic from currently six to ten percent by 2015. A solid modal split portion of 37 percent for public transport provides an ideal basis for a traffic concept that seamlessly melds different means of transport.
Call for contributions
Until 22 October 2012, experts and speakers with a specialised interest and stake in cycling from all over the world are invited to submit their contributions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested parties may register for the conference as of now at www.velo-city2013.com. Those registering before the end of October may win a free conference participation ticket.
The Velo-city Conference series
Velo-city Conferences serve as a global communication and information platform aiming to address decision-makers in order to improve the planning and provision of infrastructure for the everyday use of bicycles in urban environments. Velo-city Conferences typically bring together more than 1,000 delegates such as engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academic researchers, environmentalists, businessmen/women and industry representatives who join forces with government at all levels in order to build effective transnational partnerships to deliver benefits to cycling worldwide. Velo-city Conferences are initiated and commissioned by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF).