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Dublin to Host Velo-city 2019

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DUBLIN, Ireland – The ECF announced that its annual Global Cycling Summit will be hosted by Dublin. The Irish capital is the next in line after Taipei, Arnhem-Nijmegen, and Rio de Janeiro.

Dublin to Host Velo-city 2019
Cycling is not always fun in Dublin. - Photo Dublin Cycling Campaign

“We are excited to bring participants from all continents in 2019 to Dublin,” says Bernhard Ensink, ECF Secretary General. “Velo-city 2019 Dublin will, as all our Global Cycling Summits do, offer a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide.”

Political commitment

The bid, led by the Dublin City Council, made a strong proposal with an integrated and collaborative team, and displayed strong political commitment on all levels, from local to national.

In addition, Dublin has shown a big push for implementation from a behavioural and infrastructure perspective. The site visit showed the ECF team a clear willingness for collaboration and community engagement. For these reasons, the ECF Board has chosen the capital of the Republic of Ireland as host of its global cycling summit.

Velo-city Series Director, Marcio Deslandes, says of the choice: “Dublin is a great example of a city moving towards a more liveable, safe, and active environment for its citizens.”

Accelerate cycling efforts

This will not be the first time that Velo-city goes to Dublin. The city hosted the conference back in 2005. “Velo-city 2005 proved a catalyst for cycling growth in the city, the number of cyclists in the city increased by 147% since 2005, but also the conference showed that cycling was a real and viable mode of transport for Dubliners,” says Owen P. Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.

“Hosting Velo-city in Dublin in 2019 will accelerate the efforts by Dublin City Council and our partner agencies to further the development of Dublin as a world class cycling city.”

First upcoming edition of Velo-city will take place in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from 13-16 June 2017.

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