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Cycling’s Governing Body to Host Its First “Bike City Forum”

Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will host its first-ever Bike City Forum in partnership with Pirelli tire next month, with the goal of bringing together leading bike and mobility experts with UCI partners in order to “further develop cycling in all of its forms.”

The forum will take place on November 14 at Pirelli’s headquarters in Milan, Italy, beginning with a welcome address from UCI President David Lappartient, followed by the opportunity for participants to discuss the “diverse challenges and opportunities the forum will present.”

“As the network of cities and regions holding the UCI Bike City label expands, a priority for the event is exchange between existing Bike Cities and Regions, and those interested in joining the network – inspiring concrete action in the field of cycling promotion”, says the UCI. 

Additionally, guest speaker, Brussels Minister of transportation, Pascal Smet, will detail the Belgian municipality’s vision for creating a more bike-friendly city that’s aimed at reducing motorized traffic.

According to the UCI, the following key themes will be presented during the forum:

–           The UCI landscape in cycling promotion

–           Cycling infrastructures – where to start?

–           Exporting cycling expertise – perspectives from Denmark and the Netherlands

–           Promoting public health and physical activity through cycling

–           The role of cycling in sustainable development

Alongside urban planners Brian Deegan (GBR) and Manuel Calvo (Spain), speakers from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, the Dutch Cycling Embassy, the European Cyclists’ Federation, the International Sport and Culture Association, Rome Mobility Agency, World Bicycle Relief, UN-HABITAT and C40 Cities Finance Facility will also address the Forum.

The President of PeopleForBikes, Tim Blumenthal will give the final address, wrapping up the event and reflecting on the key lessons to take away. 

Attendance is free. Simply contact: cyclingforall@uci.ch

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