From April 3rd to 5th, the 13th Austrian Cycling Summit will take place in Vienna. As a real event! Covid-19 forced the Austrian government to cancel the bicycle summits of 2020 and 2021, but now we are ready for it. Besides many interesting presentations and international key note speaches, the “CEE Forum” hosted by Cycle Competence Austria on Monday April 4 is one of the highlights in the program.
This year’s Austrian Cycling Summit is organized by Cycle Competence members Fahrrad Wien and Rosinak & Partner, supported by klimaaktiv mobil, the initiative of the Ministry of Climate Action (BMK). 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, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5.
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:
Our CEE Forum: Learning from Europe
On Monday, April 4, 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 that there is high demand to improve circumstances for everyday and recreational cycling. And we also know marvellous examples how cycling is pushed forward in the CEE region.
With this internal forum 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 see this as a first step towards further joint action at this years Velo-city Conference, which is held in June in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The former Green Capital of Europe serves as a great example of how traffic calming can make a city center to a more livebale environment.
The workshop adresses cycling experts form the fields of planning, adminstration and activism. We are pleased to welcome participants of the Danube Cycle Plans project, which covers most of the CEE area and is coordinated by Cycle Competence member Andreas Friedwagner from Verracon, a Viennese mobility expert who was also involved in the development of the Pan-European Masterplan for Cycling Promotion that will be one of the topics of the workshop.
The impulse presentations for the CEE Forum will be held by Áron Halász, Hungarian Cyclists’ Club; Radostina Petrova, Bulgarian Association for Alternative Tourism; Marko Radošević, Ulice za bicikliste and Janko Večerina, Sindikat Biciclista Zagreb. It will be moderated by Cycle Competence platform coordinator Alec Hager: “The workshop focuses on the idea that we all can learn from cycle traffic all over Europe, from each others countries, from established forerunners as well as from innovative climbing nations and small inititiatives, from north to south”.
Place and time: Monday April 4, Vienna City Hall, 16:15-17:45, Room “Nordbuffet”
Please inform us by March 20th if you want to attend the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference details: the Cycling Summit
You will be able to meet most of the members of the Cycle Competence platform at the summit, either on stage as presenters, in the exhibition area at our booth or in the audience. The conference will be hosted in the Viennese City Hall on the world-famous Ringstrasse of Vienna. It will be held in the German language, but for our international guests there will be a translation in English on the main floor. Experts from the fields of science and administration as well as representatives of politics and NGOs will discuss and develop solutions that promote including your bicycle in everyday life. This Cycling Summit also addresses people who are involved in NGOs, in order to get in touch with experts from other professions.
The keynote speakers will be Lucy Saunders form Londons’s Healthy Street Initiative, the Dutch traffic planner Sjors van Duren and the Austrian metereologist and climate expert Marcus Wadsak.
The schedule of the cycling summit as planned will be:
- April 3rd: Viennese RADpaRADe, early check-in, evening reception of the BMK
- April 4th: Check-in, conference day 1, evening event
- April 5th: Check-in, field excursions, conference day 2, closing reception, departure
Participation in the two-day conference is free for people from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), students and members of cycling NGOs. Tickets and program online here.