The European Cyclists Federation (ECF) has chosen Taipei City to host its Velo-city Global Conference for 2016, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 of the world's leading transport planners, economists, health experts, cycling advocates, cycle tourism promoters, politicians and other cycling experts.
“The commitments of Taipei City and also from the federal political level of Taiwan are strong, and with a powerful support of the bicycle industry. Therefore it is our pleasure to acknowledge Taipei City as the host for Velo-city Global 2016”, says Manfred Neun, President of the ECF.
ECF Secretary General and Velo-city Series Director Bernhard Ensink said: “After Copenhagen, Vancouver and Adelaide we believe that Taipei is a really strong continuation of the Global series.”
Taiwan is particularly well known in the cycling world as one of the leading manufacturing bases for the bicycle industry and already hosts the globally important Taipei Cycle Show in March of each year. A strong collaboration between the city, the show, the industry, universities and ECF is expected in the development of the 2016 Velo-city Global to bring together all aspects of cycling.
The Velo-city conference series has been bringing together the world’s leading transport planners, economists, health experts, cycling advocates, cycle tourism promoters, politicians and other cycling experts for over 30 years. Since 2009 it has operated two bi-annual series with Velo-city Global complementing the highly successful Velo-city series in Europe.
In 2013 the City of Vienna broke conference records with over 1,400 delegates and thousands of people attending side events throughout the city. Cities that host the prestigious conference generally see substantial growth in cycling numbers in following years.
The 2014 edition of Velo-city Global will be held in Adelaide, Australia from May 27-30. Velo-city 2015 will be in Nantes, France. Bidding for 2017 in Europe has opened and will close in August 2014.
In the following weeks the full Adelaide Velo-city Global 2014 program will be announced with early bird prices and special travel incentives open until the end of January.
With over 70 members across nearly 40 countries, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) unites cyclists’ associations from across the globe, giving them a voice on the international level. Our aim is to get more people cycling more often by influencing policy in favour of cycling.