Velo-city 2017 in Arnheim-Nijmegen: The world’s largest cycling conference in the home of cycling
Cycling experts and decision-makers from all over the world are coming together in the Netherlands for the Velo-city 2017celebrating The Freedom of Cycling. 1,500 participants from more than 80 countries are expected in Arnheim-Nijmegen, the country’s second largest urban agglomeration, to learn from the world's pre-eminent cycling nation and to exchange information and ideas. Alongside urban development and planning of cycling infrastructure, the focus this year will be on social justice, social participation and the economic viability of cycling.
Learn, experiment and put into practice
When planning cycling infrastructure, it is necessary to consider many different factors: is the planning for a city, a region or the whole country? How participative can or should the process be? How can cycling be integrated with other modes of transport? When it comes to bicycle-friendly traffic planning, it is possible to learn a great deal from the Dutch, after all, there are more bicycles than inhabitants in the Netherlands and more than a quarter of all routes are travelled by bike. Ways in which other regions can achieve this and the sort of challenges that need to be overcome are focal points of the discussions that will take place at Velo-City this year.
The human factor
Cycling is such a universal theme and it is ultimately a question of understanding how the bicycle can suit the needs of each and every individual. Whether a commuter, student, pupil or senior citizen, everyone wants to arrive at their destinations safely and relaxed. With a focus on People, Velo-City primarily wants to show how the bicycle can server as an agent that helps to create a fair and inclusive society. For example, it can offer a way in which people from disadvantaged areas can access affordable transportation. Projects such as adult cycling courses will be showcased, the subject of Cycling and Gender – Stories of Emancipation will be examined and discussions will be held on the types of obstacles that need to be overcome in order enable the many and not just a few to access the Freedom of Cycling.
Bikenomics, urban planning and governance
Additional focal points include the economic benefits of cycling, the challenges facing land use planners in view of continuous urbanisation and cooperation between businesses and governments. The complete programme can be found here.
In addition to numerous seminars, panel discussions and lectures, a number of outdoor sessions will be taking place so that attendees can see proven methods being put into practice.
The cycle lobby meets the policy makers
Velo-City brings together everyone who is involved in the planning, funding and implementation of cycling infrastructure. Engineers, planners, architects, researchers, environmentalists, businesses and economics experts will meet with policy makers from all levels, local government officials and educators. The goal is to share experiences, establish transnational partnerships and to benefit on a global scale.
Why the Arnheim-Nijmegen region?
The importance that cycling has in the Netherlands is evident from the fact that King Willem Alexander himself will open the conference. Nowhere else in the world cycling is so popular and nowhere else in the world is it so easy and enjoyable to travel by bike. Visitors to this year’s Velo-City in particular should therefore have a fantastic opportunity to learn a great deal from the host country. This dynamic and rapidly developing region with the two cities and economic centres of Arnheim and Nijmegen serve as an example for other metropolitan areas across the planet.
The Bike Citizens team will once again be active participants at the Velo-City conference. Visitors will be able to find out about our app or pick up one of our Finn smartphone-holders in the Velo-City design at our stand in the Shouwberg hall. Bike Citizens founder Daniel Kofler will also be speaking at the sessions entitled More Data, More Cycling? and The Austrian Way Up: “Cycle Competence Austria” gets a climber nation moving. Visitors to the conference can also access and explore information on the official Velo-City cycling tours and excursions via the Bike Citizens App.