From 29 to 31 March 2020, the 13th Austrian Cycling Summit was meant to take place in Vienna. Unfortunately, Coronavirus (Covid-19) made the Austrian government cancel all big events until April. So also our CEE Forum on Tuesday 31, where the platform Cycle Competence Austria wanted to offer a special focus on the CEE area, cannot happen.
Information before Coronavirus (Covid-19) cancellation:
This year’s Austrian Cycling Summit, is organized by Cycle Competence members Fahrrad Wien and Rosinak & Partner. It is an annual conference on cycling and the required infrastructure and services. Up to 500 participants from Austria and neighbouring countries will discuss these issues with a special view to climate protection. The conference days are Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. Early arrivers are more than welcome to join the RADpaRADe (Cycle Parade) on Sunday, to cruise around the classic Ring Road and into the green lungs of the Prater with 10.000 Viennese cyclists, taking part in Europe’s largest bicycle open air fair, the ARGUS Bikefestival Vienna.
CEE-Forum: from Vision to Collaboration
On Tuesday, March 31, we will offer a workshop specifically tailored for attendees from the CEE region. We know from many contacts in our neighbouring countries to the North, East and South there is high demand to improve circumstances for everyday and recreational cycling and still growing in context of the liveability of cities and the need to react on climate change.
With this internal forum with a limited number of participants we want to offer a platform to exchange ideas about collaboration among all cycling experts and enthusiasts from the CEE region participating in the summit. We also might see this as a first step towards further joint action at this years Velo-city Conference, which is held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the former Green Capital of Europe, which serves as a great example for what is possible in bringing about change in pollution patterns of mobility.
The workshop will be co-moderated by Cycle Competence member Andreas Friedwagner, Verracon, a Viennese mobility expert involved in the development and implementation of international projects like the Pan-European Masterplan for Cycling Promotion, Danube Cycle Plans and Transdanube Pearls.
Place and time: Tue 31st of March, 11:30-13:00, Room “X”, CEE-Forum: from Vision to Collaboration. Please inform us by March 14th if you want to attend the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyday cycling in the car free city center of Ljubljana
Presentations and key notes
The summit will be opened by Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen and the Minister of Climate Protection, Leonore Gewessler. The program offers a lot of international and national experts ranging from Lucy Saunders, London, to Wigand von Sassen, Berlin. You can find the whole program and registration HERE ONLINE.
The presentation “The CEE perspective: learning from Austria – and what Austria could learn” on Tuesday at 14:00 by Zoran Bukvic, Belgrade Cyclists Advocavy (Ulice za bicikliste) and Áron Halász, Hungarian Cyclists’ Club (Magyar Kerékpárosklub) in Budapest, will bring us back full circle our workshop topic of the morning.
The conference will cover three main subjects:
Cycling: a cultural shift towards everyday mobility
- Transport and climate policy
- Aspects of behavioural economics
- Mobility routines
- Smart mobility
- Communication strategies
- Cycling policy
Cycling infrastructure: investive – fit for the future – suitable for everyday use
- From leisure cycling to everyday use
- Future perspectives for the financing of transport infrastructure
- Special infrastructure projects
- Space availability and priorities
- Adaptation of public spaces to climate change
Cycling for the future: children and young people on bikes
- Schools and school routes
- Mobility of young people