Scientists for Cycling at Velo-city 2019

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Abstract Submission for Velo-city 2019

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Velo-city Dublin 2019 invites you to share your insights, data, innovation and analysis to help us reflect our chosen conference title: 'Cycling for the Ages' and our conference vision: The cycling city of 2030.

Please make sure your abstract meets the following requirements listed below. The submission deadline has been extended to 29 October 2018.

  1. It is not essential to register at the conference before submitting an abstract.

  2. Please consult the themes and sub themes to ensure the relevance of the abstract, and choose the theme/ sub theme that is most relevant to your abstract.

  3. Authors; you can add multiple authors, please ensure you tick the correct box for presenting author.

  4. Abstract Format:

           a. The abstract title should be limited to 20 words (but this will not be included in word count)

b. Do not include tables or pictures.

c. The maximum word count is 300 words, written in English.

d. Please do not use hyphenation to separate a word at the end of a line to start a new line. The ends of line will not necessarily match with the printing layout.

e. The decision on presentation format will be confirmed by the conference’s Programme Team.

  1. Submission. Abstracts must be submitted through the Velo-city 2019 conference portal.

  2. Acceptance of abstracts into the conference program will be based on the evaluation by the Velo-city 2019 Program Committee. 

  3. Authors will receive a notification on the evaluation of their respective abstracts via the email specified during the abstract submission.

  4. Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to confirm their attendance and finalize their registration prior to final inclusion in the conference program.

For any other questions or technical issues on abstract submission or registration, please contact the Velocity 2019 Conference Secretariat at

Velo-City Dublin 2019
25th to 28th June

Conference title:
Cycling for the Ages


Conference vision:
The cycling city of 2030 

(How should it look and how do we help achieve that?)

Conference Themes:


  1. Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems and Data Analytics;

  2. Health and Social;

  3. Environment & Infrastructure


Dublin is a historic city with a unique coastal landscape and just like the sea and the tides, cycling and the cycling environment are constantly changing. Dublin’s conference title is ‘Cycling for the Ages’ which looks at how we encourage cycling from young to old, male and female and all demographics so that cycling is accessible to everyone.   The title looks at what cycling will look like in the future and how we can safeguard and grow cycling in the coming ages as well.


Cycling for the Ages also alludes to the changes affecting cycling both now and into the next decade. For example, how can the cycling environment be changed by using the wealth of data stemming from cycling apps, the untapped potential of cycling in climate change and emissions alleviation and the role of cycling in combating a variety of health problems through naturally building exercise into our daily routines?


And we will welcome thought-provoking and challenging ideas about these changes as part of the conference, such as autonomous vehicles –  end of cycling or danger to cyclists?


The conference vision is ‘The cycling city of 2030’ and how that city should look and what we do to achieve this desired vision? So if we know the cycling vision that we want or maybe don’t want in 2030, then we can use this vision to work backwards and view the steps that are being discussed now through the lens of what we want to have in place in 2030.


One vision of the city of 2030 is where cycling for all is accommodated, from young to old, male and female, different social classes or backgrounds, and so on. In this vision cycling would be seen as an integrated mode of transport that is closely combined with other modes to achieve seamless multi-modal travel and where cycling is seen as a safe, desirable and available for everyone.

Velo-city 2019 calls for practitioners, researchers, cyclists, road users, industry, decision makers, cities and civil society to contribute to the evolving debate of cycling over the ages, tell inspiring stories from the success and failures of the past and to share their vision of future healthier, sustainable and more accessible cities.


Where themes blend and overlap

The graph below indicates the areas of overlap between the three main themes and these overlaps can be as engaging as the themes themselves. We therefore encourage submissions that blend or overlap between themes or don’t neatly fit into one box, in recognition of the fluid nature and interplay between themes. It will of course help to choose the theme and relevant subtheme that most accurately capture the subject topic, even if it relates to other areas too.

Overlapping Themes

Themes Expanded

Some more details, thoughts and questions relating to the themes and those subject areas are outlined below, which may be of interest and give some examples of the various issues faced by cities, towns and rural areas today.

1. Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems and Data Analytics

  • Autonomous Vehicles and how cycling can survive

One future that is being proposed is to have autonomous and connected vehicles (mostly cars), where the current disadvantages of car use: such as paying for parking, safety, and accidents will be removed, creating an environment where the autonomous vehicle will be king. Is this the right future? Does the cyclist count in this world or indeed will cycling be proposed by autonomous vehicle manufacturers to be banned for safety reasons, being the only mode left sharing the road which is not deemed safe, connected and autonomous?

  • Cycling data, is it good or useful

The ordinary bike leaves no digital trace of its use, has no connected link for information and you can’t charge your phone while cycling. Is there a need or role for collecting cycle data, how can it be done? What use can be made of it and why is there so little good reliable data at present? Do we need this information and will cycling lose out if it’s not available? What role has data analytics in highlighting deficiencies in infrastructure, areas of congestion for cyclists, long waiting times for cyclists, origin and destination information on cycling, should this information be collected by by civil society or the private or public sector. Good and bad examples of cycle data so we all can learn. Do cyclist need to be tracked and will it reduce accidents if it was compulsory?

  • Cycle Safety at junctions

Do cities do enough to detect, protect and guide cyclists through the main areas of potential conflict in a city, namely the signalised intersection. What technology has been used, and for what, how does technology and civil infrastructure complement each other in safe designs.  All red extensions for cyclists, reduced waiting time for cyclists at lights during rainfall, early starts for cyclists. Should these all be standard and if so what technologies can be used, is there other ways of safeguarding cycling. Cyclists breaking red lights, should we detect and deter or take it as a failure to adapt traffic signals for cyclist use. HGV s and cyclist, can they ever safely coexist at junctions, is introducing a ban on HGVs the answer, such as in Dublin, or is there another way.


  • Integrating with public transport, intermodality? How to achieve it

How does cycling work as part of a door to door multi modal mobility chain, how can it be integrated into Mobility as a Service, how does bike share, both station and station less, work with mass transit. How will technology enable bike booking, safe and secure cycle parking, and access to the other modes in a seamless fashion.  Is cycling the answer to the “last kilometre“  for mass transit, for commercial deliveries, is it a way  of changing city centres, what is required and where is it working.

2. Health and Social

The theme of Health & Social is about people and how cycling can work to improve the health and social aspects of daily life. No two people are the same and people have a myriad of different needs and wants when it comes to movement. These needs change and evolve as we grow, age and develop through life. Cycling can greatly enhance and improve the individual lives of people in our communities and cities. Cycling is good for our health, our happiness and wellbeing and for our communities and cities. Cycling forms part of the solution to many urban problems.


The theme ‘Health & Social’ seeks to address ways on how we can leverage opportunities and deliver for more inclusive and diverse cities that cater for all citizens’ needs.  The theme has been broken down into the sub-themes below. The subthemes and questions are purposely broad to attract submissions that critically examine the role cycling plays in delivering for the health and wellbeing of citizens.  


  • Health: Promotion and Prevention

A simple cycle benefits the heart, lungs, muscles and mind but why, given all the benefits, do some people still not consider cycling as a mode? How can cycling infiltrate health systems? What are the cost benefits? What ails does cycling cure?How do we inspire an uptake of cycling for health and wellbeing at all stages of life?


  • Social Inclusion, Cohesion and Equity

A successful city is one which provides for the basic needs of all its citizens. Why then is there a gender imbalance in cycling, why is there low numbers of school children cycling, why is cycling seen as not inclusive, how do we address this, what has worked and what hasn’t worked. Are new innovations, such as bike share, helping to change the gender balance, are they making cycling available to all or is there inherent exclusion? How do we tackle inclusion and provide access for a myriad of differing abilities and needs? Do we engage, plan and design for inclusive communities?


  • Behavioural change and the influence of the media

In governing cities, new policy and implementation are regular occurrences that result in change. Are cities looking at the psychology behind changing behaviour? What is the role of the media, who has managed to get media support for change and how? Is infrastructure influencing behaviour or behaviour influencing infrastructure? How do cities educate and promote active travel in a way that infiltrates and enhances everyday life? Does a negative media bias affect cycling and cycling projects, can it be corrected? Is this why there is a driver versus cyclist’s conflict.What is the role of art and creativity in changing perspectives? What are the ramifications for law and policy in providing for a better future?


  • Sport & leisure  

The influence of sport on audiences has a massive effect on behaviour, attitudes and beliefs, use and public opinion. Cycling needs to be part of the national conversation on sport and leisure.Can we leverage sport in the media to introduce more people to the joy of cycling both for sport and leisure?What are the sporting opportunities of cycling at various stages of life? The role of greenways and cycling tourism, why does everyone love greenways but not cycle tracks. Will providing for leisure cycling help boost tourism and local communities.

Conference sub-themes:

1. Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems and Data Analytics:

  A. Autonomous Vehicles and how cycling can survive

  B. Cycling data, is it good or useful

  C. Cycle safety at junctions

  D. Integrating cycling with public transport, intermodality? How to achieve it.

2. Health and Social:

  A. Health promotion and prevention 

  B. Social Inclusion, cohesion and equity 

  C. Behaviour Change and the influence of the media. 

  D. Sport & Leisure 

3. Environment and Infrastructure:

  A. Tackling the Environment & Climate Change 

  B. Evolution of Cycling Infrastructure

  C. Strategic Planning for Infrastructure 

  D. Infrastructure’s role in enabling access for all 

3. Environment and Infrastructure

Environment and Infrastructure provides the backbone to the mobility ecosystem.

From the Rio Declaration in 1992 to the Paris Agreement in 2015, there is a global acknowledgement that nations and city regions must act to reduce emissions and protect the environment. Velo-city 2019 provides an opportunity to challenge current transportation mobility practices and inspire positive attitudes to cleaner environments through sustainable mobility. Cycling infrastructure, its legibility and how it is used has generated wide ranging debates covering topics such as resilient infrastructure, shared space, segregation, cycling streets and quiet ways.


  • Tackling the Environment & Climate Change

Is the car killing you or are greenways destroying ecological habitats? Is disturbing the ecological habitat a price worth paying when it comes to providing cycling infrastructure? Inspire participants with evidence based research on how air quality and noise has been impacted by the mobility practices and demonstrate the potential for cycling as part of the solution.


  • Evolution of Cycling Infrastructure

Cities have over the ages experienced streets dominated by bicycles, with very few cars, followed by the dominance of the car with very few bicycles. How do we design and implement infrastructure for the future? To share or to segregate – is shared space friend or foe, how do you decide and how do you enforce? Building infrastructure is all very well but how is it enforced, how do we stop vehicles parking on cycle tracks and how do we change attitudes in enforcement agencies so that blocking a cycle track is treated as seriously as blocking a traffic lane.


  • Strategic Planning for Infrastructure

Introducing punitive measures for the car and incentivising cycling through infrastructure presents city authorities as anti-car and anti business. All aspiring cycling cities are searching for best ways to plan and make a business case, consult, engage and explain their strategic cycling infrastructure networks and projects in a way that is acceptable to citizens and decision makers. But how then do these projects get funded, how does the public funding for transport get divided up and what should be the level of funding required to deliver cycling infrastructure for all.


  • Infrastructure’s Role in Enabling Access for all, including Road Safety

Take participants on a journey through infrastructure requirements for different uses such as tourism, sports, commuting and recreational, for the young and for the elderly, for improved road safety and as an enabler for inter-modality, mobility as a service and public realm. Does a one size fit all model work?


Infrastructure interacts with technology, intelligent transport systems and data analytics as well as health and social aspects of society. Velo-city 2019 seeks to further explore the complex interdependence and ever increasing intertwining of these areas with cycling infrastructure and overall sustainable mobility debates. From e-bikes to autonomous vehicles, from cycling in car congestion to cycling on greenways and habitat protection - share your ideas on what is the appropriate infrastructure maturity model?


Call for Abstracts is now open!

Following Velo-city's proud tradition of interactive and engaging presentations, we invite you to share with us a proposal for a presentation which will inspire attendees, enrich the conference programme and help us to reflect the breadth of cycling experience globally.


People who cycle are central to the Velo-city conference and ideally your presentation will engage with the human side of cycling, taking into consideration age and gender and the role of the bicycle as a tool to help us live our lives, no matter what our age.

Speaker Benefits
If your paper is selected for Velo-city 2019, you will benefit from being part of the biggest international cycling conference in the world. At Velo-city 2019 there will be opportunities to meet cycling’s top analysts and innovators, and get to know a city with one of the richest cultural histories there is. There will be international decision makers and funding agencies in attendance, and taking part in discussions around cycling, its importance and the need for continued investment in cycling. You will also benefit from the discounted speaker registration fee.


Presentation Formats


Lectures feature three to five presentations (10–15 minutes each). The presentations cover a wide range of topics and are combined with questions and answer sessions.



Selected posters will be displayed during the conference. The poster sessions will give presenters the opportunity to give a 3 minute presentation on their poster subject in front of the poster itself.



Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds). This format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, allowing for a lot of new ideas to be presented in a short period of time.



Round table discussions consist of in-depth discussions led at each table by a different speaker. The speaker hosting the table will give a short presentation and take the participants at their table on an in-depth discussion of the topic at hand. After 30 minutes participants will change tables.



Master classes are given by an expert on a particular discipline or subject. The presenter and the audience can go deeper into the subject of their interest on a more personal level.



Visits outside the conference venue give delegates a chance to discuss best practices and traffic

principles in real life. These are technical visits to specific locations in the Dublin area.