The European Cyclists’ Federation established a “Cities for Cyclists” program in 2010 to be an advisory body to the federation’s board of directors. The purpose of this program is summarized in the mission statement and goals provided below, as well as by this weblink to a brochure describing this worldwide effort. To date, organizations from 38 nations are member in the federation, with the United States represented by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and One Street.
For urban planners and bicyclists alike, the “Cities for Cyclists” program is an excellent resource for learning about efforts to promote and enhance bicycle use taking place in cities across the globe. Instead of reinventing the wheel (bad pun), resources and experts are readily available. The federation has been also holding Velo-City Conferences since 1980. While most have taken place in Europe, the 1996 event was held in Perth, Australia and the 2012 conference will be June 26-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Personally, I think it would be great if an American city were to host this prestigious conference. What better way to demonstrate the growth and importance of bicycling than to hold one of the world’s premiere cycling conferences in you city, state, or nation. Below are the mission statement, goals, and member cities of the “Cities for Cyclists” program.
“The purpose of ‘Cities for Cyclists’ is to establish a global ECF network of cities which are working to promote bicycle use in urban areas and encourage the exchange of knowledge.”
- Putting cycling at the centre of urban planning and political thinking
- Inspiring and catalyzing more cities to take concrete action in. promoting cycling by learning from each other and avoiding the dilemma of having to “reinvent the wheel.”
- Exchanging knowledge, solutions and strategies and thus promoting political initiatives and practical work on the ground.
- Promoting and supporting a change in policy and planning practices in cities, and introducing a cycle-friendly perspective in these processes.
- Copenhagen, Denmark (2010)
- Frederiksberg, Denmakr (2011)
- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germay (2010)
- Memmingen, Germany (2010)
- Munich, Germany (2010)
- Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (2010)
- Ferrara, Italy (2011)
- Ghent, Belgium (2011)
- Vienna, Austria (2011)
- Winterthur, Switzerland (2011)
- Brussels, Belgium (2011)
- Reggio Emilia, Italy (2011)
- Gdansk, Poland
- Seville, Spain
- Izmit, Turkey
- Konya, Turkey