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Dublin chosen to host annual global cycling summit


After Taipei, Arnhem-Nijmegen, and Rio de Janeiro, the European Cyclists’ Federation’s (ECF) Board announces that Dublin will be next in line to host the Velo-city conference series in 2019.

“We are excited to bring participants from all continents in 2019 to Dublin. 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,” says Bernhard Ensink, ECF Secretary General.

The Velo-city conference series is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit organised by the ECF and selected host cities.

Velo-city conferences are widely considered as the premier international cycling conference series and serve as a global communications and information platform and target to influence decision makers, and improve the policies, planning and provision of infrastructure for cycling and the daily use of the bicycle in an urban environment.

The conferences traditionally involve experts, representatives of associations, institutions, policy-makers and social agents, universities and companies.

The bid, led by 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 Dublin as host for its global cycling summit.

Velo-city Series Director, Marcio Deslandes, said of the choice:

“Dublin is a great example of a city moving towards a more livable, safe, and active environment for its citizens.”

This will not be the first time that Velo-city comes to Dublin; the conference was hosted very successfully here 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.

He added “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.”

In relation to the announcement, Brendan O’Brien, Director of Traffic with Dublin City Council said:

“Dublin’s theme for Velo City 2019 is Cycling for the Ages.

“We aim to encourage cycling by people of all ages, young and old, male and female and to promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of cycling.

“We also want to show the evolution of cycling in Dublin through the ages and into the future.

“Dublin is a beautiful historic city known for its culture and hospitality.

“We look forward to welcoming delegates from all over the world to our city to share our experiences, successes and challenges in promoting and developing cycling during Velo City Dublin, 2019 and anticipate that, just as in 2005, hosting Velo City will be a game changer for cycling in Dublin.”

The previous European Series of Velo-city attracted 1,500 delegates, at Velo-city 2015 in Nantes-France.

The next series of Velo-city will take place in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from 13-16 June 2017.