Dutch Twin Cities to Host Velo-city 2017
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The city-region Arnhem-Nijmegen in the Netherlands won the bid procedure for hosting the Velo-city conference in 2017. “Arnhem-Nijmegen seems to be ready to organize a fantastic conference in 2017,” said the President of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) Manfred Neun.
According to the ECF press release the twin-city was chosen due to the overall excellent quality of a very integral bid, presented by an excellent team, supported by strong political commitment from the authorities on all levels. This included the national minister of transport the community of stakeholders, the bicycle user organization Fietsersbond, the academia, knowledge institutions and the cycling industry.
“It was not an easy decision for our board to select only three cities for the short list,” says Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General of the European Cyclists’ Federation. “It was even tougher to choose out of the three shortlisted cities a winning one.”
The previous European Velo-city conference had 1,400 delegates, at Velo-city 2013 in Vienna. The next edition of Velo-city will take place in Nantes, France from 2-5 June 2015.