Wheelie good conference ahead as cyclists to gather in force

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin will play host to the Velo-city 2019 international cycling conference in Dublin at the National Convention Centre.

Running from from June 25-29, the conference is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit, organised by the ECF and selected host cities, and is the world’s largest conference dedicated to cycling, cycling infrastructure, bicycle innovations, bicycle safety, and the social and cultural changes driven by cycling on a global scale.

An estimated 1,500 delegates are scheduled to attend the event over the three-day period, providing a significant boost to the local economy.

Delegates attending the conference will be involved in the areas of technology, health, behavioural change, urban and infrastructure policies and mobility.

Under the conference title Cycling For The Ages, the gathering will explore visions for the cycling city of the future and how we get there from the cycling city of today, and explore how can we support and design to ensure measures taken are inclusive for all ages, genders, abilities and nationalities.

Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council, said: “We are delighted to host Velo-city 2019 and look forward to interesting and informative discussions from leaders in the cycling world.

“As a Smart City, we constantly explore how technology can help increase cycling levels and we have worked in partnership with several companies and organisations trialling unique and Smart solutions to promote and encourage cycling.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable transport and making the city more liveable for all, we recently announced that work will begin on three major cycleway projects in the city centre this year, while design work is ongoing on three more routes.”

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