German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially opened Eurobike, the biggest bicycle trade show in Europe, a first for a German head of government.
Burkhard Stork, executive director of ADFC, a German company and member of the European Cycling Federation, said Merkel's appearance marked a big day for bike advocacy in Europe.
After her opening speech, Angela Merkel took a tour of the show in order to get up-to-date about the newest trends in cycling, including Pedelecs and E-Bikes from exhibitors such as Winora, Bosch and Specialized,
“Angela Merkel’s government wants 1 million electric vehicles on German streets by 2020, but they are already there, only that they are Pedelecs,” said ECF president Manfred Neun.
ECF and ADFC hold their “Advocacy Summit” at Eurobike this Thursday. The high-level podium at the summit will feature members of ECF’s cycling industry club (CIC) and the ADFC-Förderkreis, the German federation’s cycling industry group. During the summit, ECF and ADFC will present and discuss their advocacy work and successful strategies to get policy makers to support cycling issues.