Industry Leaders Say ‘Advocacy Is Future of Cycling’
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The first-ever Leaders’ Panel that took place at last week’s Taipei Cycle Show had the top names of the industry sending a strong message in favour of collaboration with governments and advocates in order to grow the pie for everyone.
The Leaders’ Panel offered the platform for Bosch, Giant, Accell, Pon, KMC, Cycling Sport Group and the industry bodies from Europe (CONEBI), Taiwan (TBA) and USA (People for Bikes) to unite their voices behind a common vision: to grow the market for cycling through collaboration with cities, governments and consumers.
Building on Velo-city Global success
The session was co-hosted by the Cycling Industry Club and TAITRA, building on the success of Velo-city Global conference which took place in Taipei gathering a record number of planners, decision makers and cycling advocates. Thanks to Velo-city Taipei, the cycling industry has gained a renewed conscience of its global dimension.
Need for strengthened collaboration
Raymond Gense, Director of Future Technology at Pon Holdings and Chairman of the Cycling Industry Club, moderated the session: “This is a key meeting we’re holding today. On the table there are two questions: what is going to happen in the industry in the years to come and how we can advocate for that. One sure answer is that collaboration between city and industry needs to be strengthened even more.” He also stressed the need for globally harmonised legislation that encompasses e-bikes as well.”
Smart solution for urban mobility
On electric bikes Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike systems, added that he is sure that e-bikes will help the shift from cycling as a leisure activity to cycling as an everyday mode of transport, “Even though they are mainly limited to Europe, eBikes are starting to reveal themselves as a smart solution for urban mobility.”