Velo-city Gathers Global Stakeholders in Cycling
VIENNA, Austria – With the motto “The Sound of Cycling, Urban Bicycle Cultures,” from June 11th to 14th, 2013, Vienna will become a focal point for cycling experts and bicycle enthusiasts from around the world.
Velo-city Vienna is shaping up to be the world’s biggest ever cycling policy conference to date with well over 1,000 people attending. On the list of speakers are among them EU’s Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, Ugandan Urbanist Amanda Ngbirano and the Mayor of bicycle friendly city of Munich.
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. The conference typically brings together engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academic researchers, environmentalists, businessmen/women, and industry representatives who join forces with governments at all levels in order to build effective transnational partnerships to deliver benefits to cycling worldwide.
The main objective of the Velo-city conference is spreading high quality knowledge about cycling and transport planning internationally. Next to that it is a showcase of benefits for cities with good cycling policies.
Booming cycling city
The conference’s choice for Vienna did not come by surprise. Austria’s capital has a very ambitious and innovative approach to participatory urban planning and carbon reduction, as well as to transportation and land-use planning. This resulted in Vienna becoming the world’s “smartest city” in the global ranking of smart cities.
Vienna is also a growing cycling city with ever more cyclists. The city government aims to raise the bicycle’s modal share from 6 % in 2011 to 10 % by 2015. Recent cycling surveys in spring and summer 2011 highlight that there have never been more cyclists in Vienna than there are today. In 2013, Velo-city participants will experience the dynamism and energy of Vienna’s current efforts towards cycling promotion. Vienna boasts many interesting aspects connected with utility and leisure cycling, such as infrastructure, PR activities and policies.
Velo-city 2013 will offer plenary lectures, presentations and various other dialogue formats such as round tables, speed dating, open spaces and a world café.
The preliminary conference schedule:
- Saturday/Sunday, June 8/9, 2013: Bicycle Picnic Party Freudenau. Folding Bicycle Race, Bicycle and Cultural Trips (optional)
- Monday, June 10, 2013: Scientists for Cyclists Network Meeting. Cities for Cyclists Network Meeting. Bicycle Fashion Show
- Tuesday, June 11, 2013: Conference Opening. Expo Reception. Technical Excursions
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013: Conference Program. Mayor’s Panel Discussion. Garden Party.
- Thursday, June 13, 2013. Conference Program. Speed dating. Bicycle Parade
- Friday, June 14, 2013: Conference Program. Technical and Cultural Excursions
- Saturday, June 15, 2013: Bicycle and Cultural Trips (optional)
- Sunday, June 16, 2013: Historic Bicycle Race