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he final day of Velo-city 2019 ends with a comprehensive discussion on the city of today!

After tackling concepts of the City of the Future and 4 days of having cycling at the core of our discussions, we will highlight the main insights and experiences of Velo-city Dublin to talk about the City of Today. Here, we will bring up the present situation of our cities and question if we would really like to go the way developments are taking us. Experts from other regions of the world will discuss important topics of development such as inclusion, access, gender and how to create and work towards the City for All.

The topic of this plenary session is an essential aspect under all conference sub-themes: ‘Environment and Infrastructure’, ‘Health and Social’, and ‘Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems and Data Analytics’.

As stated in Sustainable Development Goal 17, collaboration is key to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. This plenary will focus on how to establish ways to develop tools and activities to share knowledge and good practices on cycling. From the political will to the technical element, we will focus on the importance of partnership and an aligned governance to make things happen.
As part of Velo-city International Cycling Conference 2019, a new series of audio guides will be developed for Dublin city. Listening to the City will give an introduction to the city for delegates of the conference and an alternative view on the everyday spaces of Dublin’s citizens.
The World Health Organisation is increasingly sharpening its focus on delivering a global action plan that creates urban environments which foster more physical activity. This can be achieved by prioritising infrastructure for more walking, cycling and public transport, as well as green and pleasant areas for kids and adults.

‘The Importance of Being Happy & Healthy’ Plenary

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Karina Vestergård Madsen

Investing in cycling projects is a key aspect of developing active mobility. The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) together with the Romanian EU Presidency and the Interreg CHIPS project held a high-level meeting on the 3rd of April to raise awareness for the funding aspect of cycling. Moreover, if more people are going to cycle more often, cycling also needs champions in the European Parliament. The European institutions decide on a whole range of issues relevant to cycling and our representatives in the Parliament ought to be passionate about cycling.

Funding at Velo-city 2019

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Owen Keegan

Every November, traffic counts take place at 33 locations at what is known as the Canal Cordon in Dublin which collects data on the number of people travelling into Dublin by various modes including walking, cycling, private car, bus, taxi, motorcycle, light and heavy goods vehicles.

#VC19DublinCase: Cycling Trends in Dublin City

The Dublin Liffey Quays refers to the two roadways and quays that run along the north and south banks of the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre. Both roadways run approximately 4.3 km from Sean Heuston Bridge in the west. The eastern end of the north roadway is at East-Link Bridge while the south roadway turns southward at the Grand Canal.  

Liffey Cycle Route Project

Velo-city has something for everyone. We decided to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for in our rich programme of seven plenary sessions, over 80 parallel sessions and over 250 speakers.

Cargo bikes at Velo-city

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Karen Vancluysen

Joyce-Cycle was a pageant of over one hundred participants of all ages on bicycles on the theme of Irish writers, who participated in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Parade 2019 on behalf of Dublin Cycling Campaign and supported by Dublin City Council.

#VC19DublinCase: Joyce-Cycle

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Matthew Baldwin is Deputy Director General of DG MOVE, with responsibility for the transport "modes" – land (road and rail), waterborne (including ports policy) and aviation - and multimodality. 

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Matthew Baldwin

The River Tolka is one of Dublin's three main rivers.  While the Tolka has a long cultural heritage, it became a polluted urban river and landfill.  Over the past 10 years it has been re-imagined as a new spine of green infrastructure, which connects people and habitats. 

#VC19DublinCase: TOLKA VALLEY GREENWAY – Exemplar of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency design of Green Infrastructure

We are pleased to have the Dutch Cycling Embassy in one of our parallel sessions at Velo-city 2019!

The Dutch Cycling Embassy is a public-private network for sustainable bicycle inclusive mobility, which represents the best of Dutch Cycling: knowledge, experience and experts offered by private companies, NGO’s, research institutions, national and local governments.

#VC19Session: Dutch Cycling - When One in Four is Not Enough

Infrastructure is one of the backbones of cycling development. Cycling infrastructure has generated wide-ranging debates covering topics such as resilient infrastructure, shared space, segregation, cycling streets, quiet ways and much more.

‘Infrastructure from the City to Greenways’ Plenary

In its first eighteen months of operation, the Cycle Friendly Employer Consortium has expanded its representation across Europe, welcoming four new members in 2018 and one new member already in 2019. The certification is currently being implemented in fourteen countries across Europe, with a total of more than 200 employers already certified as Cycle-Friendly. A call for applications is currently open to join the consortium and implement the scheme in non-represented countries. The CFE Consortium invites you to join us on two occasions during Velo-city 2019 Dublin next week!
Infrastructure is the backbone of cycling development. In different contexts and cities, different approaches are taken. For some time now, the discussion between vehicular cycling versus segregated infrastructure has been the big focus, especially in the urban environment. Furthermore, if the cycling journey gets longer, cycle highways become key to the discussion. Last but not least, infrastructure is also key when the longer journeys goes through green areas and unused infrastructure – train tracks - can be refurbished to make leisure cycling and commuting possible through nature.
As part of the lead in to the Velo-city conference, Dublin City Council is funding several creative arts projects to encourage the public to think creatively about cycling in the city.

Velo-city Arts Programme

The Velo-city Dublin Bike Parade is shaping up to be an event not to be missed.  We are jam-packing it with music, theatre, sport, culinary delights plus of course a designated UNESCO biosphere!

Velo-city 2019 Bike Parade

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Orla Carroll

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Oluwaseun Sonoiki

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Adam Bodor

Day one of Velo-city 2019 will end with a stimulating discussion: ‘Policy - is it catching up with the tech development?’!

‘Policy - is it catching up with the tech development?’ Plenary

Velo-city conference series’ next stop is Dublin, Ireland. Coming to Dublin for the second time, Velo-city 2019 will focus on the main conference title, 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 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.

Registrations for Velo-city 2019 are still open!

The Velo–city Conference is the perfect platform for exchanging experiences with policymakers, mobility and urban planners, tourism specialists, new smart cities technology gurus, and intermodality experts. Cycling is a crucial subject to be discussed from varying perspectives and disciplines.

Velo-city 2019: Exhibition

Velo-city has something for everyone. We decided to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for in our rich programme of seven plenary sessions, over 80 parallel sessions, and over 250 speakers.

‘Cycling For The Ages’ at Velo-city 2019

As part of the Velo-City Conference 2019, an arts programme questioning the place of cycling in the city is taking place in Dublin. For ‘The Citizen Cycle’ curated by Michelle Browne, three artists are working with different communities to develop a series of public performances and visual artworks that will be presented during the Velo-city mass bike parade on Wednesday the 26th of June.

#VC19DublinCase: The Citizen Cycle

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Burkhard Stork is one of the leading advocates for urban cycling - promoting safe and attractive bike infrastructure for all at the national and international level.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Burkhard Stork

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Chris Boardman was appointed as Greater Manchester’s first ever Cycling and Walking Commissioner in July 2017 by Mayor Andy Burnham. His report, Made to Move, published in December 2017, set out a 15 step plan to transform how people get around in the city region.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Chris Boardman

This article features a variety of sessions which focus on Cycle highways.

Cycle highway is the informal name for a bicycle path that is meant for long-distance traffic.

Cycle highways at Velo-city 2019

Tourism is one of the world's largest economic sectors, supporting one in 10 jobs (319 million) and generating 10.4% of GDP globally. The tourism industry nevertheless faces some significant challenges, including unsustainable transportation patterns, overtourism in major destinations and seasonality, for which cycling tourism can provide solutions. This growing segment of the market already contributes over €40 billion to the European economy alone and most destinations now provide offers and products to encourage visitors to discover their attractions more sustainably by bike.
According to the developments of today, the city of the future promises a lot of innovation and smart tech approaches to urban life and mobility. From autonomous cars to flying autonomous pods, passing through all the new mobility storming the cities of today, a presentation of how the city of the future could look like will set the tone of this session. Are discussions of the city of the future shaping the city we want around the globe?
"Dublin City Council in partnership with Cycle Industries Europe and European Cycling Federation announced the ‘Smart Pedal Pitch’, a search for the most innovative cycle tech solutions coinciding with Velo-city, the international cycling conference taking place in Dublin on June 25-28th, which will see 1,500 cycling industry enthusiasts attend.

Velo-city Smart Pedal Pitch

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Christophe Najdovski

Autonomy is more and more common in transport nowadays. During our ‘Autonomous Vehicles & Cycling - What's the Future?’ we will discuss how will the future of mobility could and should look like? We’ll be looking at what the future holds for cyclists, pedestrians, and self-driving vehicles. How could the city of the future be designed to ensure inclusivity? Join us for our ‘Designing the Future City of 2030’ session to find out.

Tech Tuesday at Velo-city 2019

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Brendan O'Brien

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Dr Orna Donoghue

Velo-city has something for everyone. We decided to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for in our rich programme of seven plenary sessions, over 80 parallel sessions and over 250 speakers.

Media at Velo-city 2019

Bicycle parking is a crucial aspect of cycling infrastructure and can also be a major determinant of an individual’s mobility choices. For all transport modes, parking availability at the beginning and the end of an individual's journey influences their choice of transport. Bicycle parking ought to be regarded as an element of major importance by policymakers in their work on sustainable modes of transport.

Bicycle Parking at Velo-city

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Xavier Brice

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#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Lucy Saunders

This year, Velo-city, the premier international planning conference on cycling, will take place in Dublin, Ireland on the 25th to 28th June 2019. If you are going to stay on the emerald isle that is hosting the conference, why not reflecting on what you have learnt from these four days full of cycle-related ideas, by exploring the island on two wheels? 

Discover the Irish EuroVelo routes at the occasion of Velo-city Dublin!

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Anne is Chief Executive Officer with the National Transport Authority. The Authority is responsible for the provision, regulation and integration of public transport services, the provision of supporting infrastructure for sustainable transport and for driving the greater use of sustainable transport as a mode of choice.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Anne Graham

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Dr Matthew Philpott is Executive Director of European Healthy Stadia Network. He is responsible for the overall operations and growth of Healthy Stadia, including partnership development and programme management, and liaises directly with key partners at UEFA, EU and European public health agencies.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Dr Matthew Philpott

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Mariel Figueroa is the Country Manager of Tembici Argentina, the company in charge of the new Bike Share System of Buenos Aires. She has as main responsibility the comprehensive management of the company in the country. 

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Mariel Figueroa

Velo-city has something for everyone. We decided to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for in our rich programme of seven plenary sessions, over 80 parallel sessions and over 250 speakers.

Advocacy at Velo-city 2019

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Ryan Rzepecki is the founder and CEO of JUMP. Ryan has a BS in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Ryan Rzepecki

We had a talk with Ginny Sullivan who will speak in the Cycling Tourism Plenary at Velo-city 2019 in Dublin this June. Read on to find out more about her work and cycling tourism in the United States! #VC19Keynote #MeetTheSpeakers #CyclingForTheAges

#VC19Keynote – Meet the speaker: Ginny Sullivan

Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership (DCSWP) is a section of Dublin City Council responsible for providing as many opportunities as possible for people to engage in sport or physical activity through facilities, infrastructure, services, programmes, and events. 

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A new segregated cycle layout being trialled on Leeson Street has received positive feedback from cyclists. The cycle protection measures consist of a semi-permanent reflective protective barrier and bollard which sits directly over existing road markings, embellishing them and reinforcing the cycle track.

#VC19DublinCase: Dublin trials new cycle protection measures

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Former rugby player and devoted cyclist, Francesco Iacorossi has been working as a project manager at Roma Servizi per la Mobilita since 2009 within EU funded projects mainly in the field of sustainable and active mobility behaviour through the promotion of cycling and walking measures in urban areas.

#VC19DublinCase: Dublin City Community Bike Hubs

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Dr. Jennifer Dill is a professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and Director of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC).

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Dill

This research is being conducted by the Technological University of Dublin and Trinity College Dublin using funding from the Road Safety Authority. 

#VC19DublinCase: Improving cyclist safety by visualizing the built environment

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Bronwen Thornton is an advocate and expert on walking and walkable communities. She brings a voice for walking to the international stage, working with global agencies, (e.g. WHO, ITF, UN Environment, and World Bank) and within local communities, cities and professional arenas. 

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Bronwen Thornton

In numerous European countries Cycle highways are being developed. Each country picks its own path, be it cycling superhighways (UK), fietssnelwegen (BE) , Radschnellwegen (DE) or snelfietsroutes (NL). But they all encounter similar problems, challenges and questions. Once again, the approach to the problems is a path of its own!

#VC19 Sessions Who is building the best cycling highways? A competition between UK, DK, DE and NL

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Philippe Crist is Advisor for Innovation and Foresight for the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Philippe Crist

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Klaus Bondam has been the CEO of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation since 2014, representing the interests and working to improve cyclists’ conditions in Denmark.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Klaus Bondam

The schemes purpose was multifaceted including a new 700m raised two-way cycle track; flood defence works to protect a thriving economic and residential area; improved public spaces and increased safety for all transport and pedestrian users through road and junction upgrades.

#VC19DublinCase: Flood Alleviation & Cycleway Scheme

2018 marked the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland.  To celebrate the important historical role of bicycles for suffragettes and the emancipation of Women, the theme for the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s 2018 contribution to the St. Patricks Day Parade was the Freedom Machine.  It was conceived and developed by Artist Donna Cooney who is an avid cyclist and campaigner.

#VC19DublinCase: The Freedom Machine

We launch our mini-interview series with the Velo-city 2019 Keynote Speakers!

Ms Amanda Ngabirano is an urban and regional planner, lecturing at Makerere University in Kampala.

#VC19Keynote – Meet the Speaker: Amanda Ngabirano

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. Velo-city 2019 Dublin’s conference title is ‘Cycling for the Ages’, a theme that is open to as wide or as narrow an interpretation as the author, expert, activist chooses to attribute to it.

'Cycling for the Ages': the Velo-city 2019 Dublin theme explained

The Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) is one of Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority’s flagship cycling projects. A 2km section of cycleway along the South Bull Lagoon in Dollymount, North Dublin was built in a UNESCO Biosphere and Natura 2000 site, a location that is one of the most highly designated and ecologically sensitive sites in the world. 

#VC19 Dublin Case - The Sutton to Sandycove Cycleway, its Ecology and the Environment

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 Dublin provides an opportunity to challenge current transportation mobility practices and inspire positive attitudes and actions to create cleaner environments through sustainable mobility.

Environment & Infrastructure - diving deeper into the Velo-city 2019 subthemes

Our first article asks the question how can we create a 'Smarter Travel Policy'? Dublin, a leader in technology is currently grappling with these questions as part of its 2022 city development plan.

Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems and Data Analytics

This is the second article of the series #VC19 Dublin cases, seeking to explore the Velo-city 2019 theme and sub-themes through local case studies straight from Dublin!

BleeperBike – Dublin’s First Stationless Bike Hire Scheme in Operation

Bikes are Delivering for Dublin!

Our final article takes another look at a #VC19 Dublin case, highlighting how deliveries by bike are lowering city centre pollution and making deliveries more efficient. 

Bikes are Delivering for Dublin!

Take a look at our registration page and plan your trip to Dublin! *Please note that the discounted speaker registration fee will be  made available after abstract acceptance letters are sent out.

Did you know Registrations are Open? Early Bird deadline 1st April 2019

Our first article gives an overview of how bicycles are being used to address 'Health and Social' issues. This can be anything from disease prevention to the encouragement of social inclusion to getting more people to do sport.

Health & Social - A deeper look at the Velo-city 2019 subtheme

This is the third article of the series #VC19 Dublin cases, seeking to explore the Velo-city 2019 theme and sub-themes through local case studies straight from Dublin! 

Hike It, Bike It, Like It, Dublin

Our final article showcases the history, beauty and culture of our 2019 host city Dublin. The city offers a unique blend of hospitality, incredible nature as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and cycling opportunities.

Velo-city Dublin – so much to offer!

We are excited to announce the launch of our preliminary programme for the Velo-city 2019 conference in Dublin, Ireland. High numbers of excellent quality abstracts and ideas came together into more than 90 sessions, to tell the story of this year’s theme ‘Cycling for the Ages’ to arrive at a conference vision of 'The cycling city of 2030'.

Velo-city 2019 Dublin, Ireland – Preliminary Programme Launch

This year’s Velo-city conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland in the world class Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). This article will take a look at the Convention Centre and what this year’s participants can expect from the venue whilst they get to grips with cycling’s biggest questions.

Velo-city 2019 Venue –
The Convention Centre Dublin

Green-Schools Travel works in partnership with Dublin City Council to promote active travel to schools throughout Dublin. The ultimate aim of the Green-Schools Travel programme is to encourage students, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, scoot, Park ‘n’ Stride, use public transport or car pool instead of using the private car on the journey to school. 

Empowering school children to

influence change

Preparations are taking place for the Velo-city 2019 social programme in Dublin.   We want to ensure Velo-city 2019 is a conference to remember, not only as a result of the amazing speakers and conference venue but due to the lively Social Programme.  

Velo-city 2019 - Social Programme

Providing sufficient cycle parking for an ever growing population of cyclists is a challenge for any city, but is particularly so for Dublin City with its narrow city centre streets and medieval layout. Dublin City Council (DCC) tackles this challenge with a range of measures. 

Cycle Parking in Dublin City