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Velo-City draws global advocates to Vancouver

Published June 25, 2012

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) Tuesday June 25 2012—The Velo-city Global conference returns to North America Tuesday with a four-day run in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The conference is expected to bring in 1,000 delegates from around the world to put their heads together on the best methods to create and sustain cycling-friendly cities where bicycles are prioritized as part of daily transportation and recreation.

The program includes four seminar-packed days including segments on:

  • growth in cycle tourism and public bike sharing schemes;
  • increasing cycle and safety on college campuses;
  • the potential of e-bikes as the next growth opportunity for cycling, campaigns;
  • increasing transit ridership through bicycle access to stations and stops;
  • tools and auditing for improving cycling conditions within cities and
  • European successes in increasing cycling;

It also includes an exhibition area with about 30 booths covering advocacy groups, public bike sharing vendors and a few bike companies including Norco, Lazer, Trek and Dero Bike Racks.

Velo-city starts Tuesday morning with an opening ceremony hosted by Paul Dragan, the conference chair, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Manfred Neun, president of the European Cyclists’ Federation, conference organizer, Alain Ayotte, president of Public Bike System Company and Gil Peñolosa, executive director of 8-80 cities.

The conference series began in 1980 in Bremen, Germany and has been held in cities such as Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona and Montreal. This is the second time it’s been in North America. It runs through Friday at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel.

For a full schedule of events and speakers, go to www.velo-city2012.com .

Topics associated with this article: Events, Advocacy/Non-profits

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