The 9th Austrian Cycle Summit will be taking place in Burgenland’s capital Eisenstadt on 23 and 24 June 2016. The Cycle Summit aims to give new impulses for cycle traffic in the sector child and youth mobility. It also wants to point out possibilities how to transform the bicycle from tourism traffic to every-day traffic. National and international experts will be holding talks and workshops – among them many representatives of member companies of the platform “CycleCompetence Austria”.
Not only on the agenda but also in the exhibition area CycleCompetence can be found: Bike Citizens are presenting their smart solutions for more urban cycle traffic, Innovametall and Ziegler are exhibiting cycle parking facilities. Radlobby Österreich as well as CycleCompetence itself will also be represented at info stalls. The summit is programmed and organized by CycleCompetence member Rosinak & Partner.
Programme insights with CycleCompetence
The opening on 23 June will be chaired by federal minister Andrä Rupprechter (BMLFUW) and the governor of Burgenland Hans Niessl. Afterwards a very interesting talk will be held on the success model “SchweizMobil” and the project partners of klimaaktiv mobil will be awarded.
Answers to the question “Quo vadis cycle traffic?” the presenters will be providing in the topic areas of “national cycle traffic strategies” (Slovakia, Burgenland), “New trend transport cycle” (with CycleCompetence coordinator Alec Hager) and “Assessing cycle infrastructure measures”.
The “balloon sessions” in the afternoon are offering varying opportunities to get to know many different initiatives presented among others by the following CycleCompetence members and their representatives: Martin Eder from the “Life ministry” BMLFUW on klimaaktiv funding programmes, Karl Reiter from FGM on cargo bikes and Alec Hager from Radlobby Österreich on CycleCompetence as company platform.
Politics is relying on the bicycle
This is the title of a discussion on the second conference day featuring Michael Cramer, member of the European Parliament, Ingrid Felipe, deputy governor of Tyrol and Astrid Eisenknopf, member of the Burgenland regional council. After the award ceremony for the winners of BIKEline & “Burgenland is cycling to work” the suspenseful question remains “How do I get car drivers to switch to a bicycle?”. Frank Burmeister from the Netherlands will try to give an answer. On the subject “cycle-friendly municipality” Helmut Koch from the CycleCompetence-member komobile will be holding a talk; “Cargo transport per bicycle” will be presented by Susanne Wrighton, FGM, as a chance for liveable cities. CycleCompetence-member AIT explains the facilitated re-entry into cycle traffic with the “flexiTrike”.
Cycle field trip to Sopron
The summit will end with a practical session in the form of a cycling tour together with the EU-MP Michael Cramer, initiator of the Iron Curtain Trail (ICT) – in the picture at the opening of a section of the cycle track together with governor Niessl.
9th Austrian cycle summit
Dates: 23 – 24 June 2016
Venue: Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Eisenstadt Franz Schubert-Platz 6, 7000 Eisenstadt
There is no admission fee for the summit and participation is free of charge.