Lessons for Cycling Advocates from the 'Velo-city' International Conference 2017
Over 25 Irish delegates attended the amazing Velo-city International Cycle Planning Conference in June 2017 in The Netherlands. It was organised jointly by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and Region of Nijmegen - Arnhem. There were 1500+ attendees at the week-long event drawn from academia, industry, advocacy, the political and policy-making spheres, and realms as diverse as public health, engineering, planning, tourism, sociology and architecture.
Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie have been sending delegates to Velo-city for over 20 years now and, as has become our tradition, we organise a special monthly meeting following Velo to help disseminate the most exciting and intriguing ideas encountered. We want to take the best ideas discovered by Irish delegates and spread them far and wide around Ireland.
Already confirmed as speakers at this special event (starting at 8pm sharp) are:
- Alec Dundon, Traffic Department, Dublin City Council
- Brian McGovern from the dockless bike-sharing company Urbo
- Caroline Butler, Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates Consulting Engineers
- Christine Hegarty, Road Safety Authority
- Cian Spillane, Sport Ireland Trails
- Cllr. David Healy, Green Party Councillor in Fingal County Council
- Conor Cahill from the award-winning Liberty Bell project
- Dr. Damien Ó Tuama, National Cycling Coordinator, Cyclist.ie and Vice-President of ECF
- Derek O’Neill, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
- Gerry Dornan, Maynooth Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie
- Mark Bennett, BikeLook
- Michael McKenna, Skerries Cycling Initiative and Cyclist.ie
- Philip Lee, Aecom
Further names may be added over the coming days.
Presentations will be short (4 minutes of distilled thinking each!) and dynamic - and it promises to be an entertaining and educational evening. Mingling and socialising in the lovely Library Bar afterwards.
Free entry - all welcome. Don’t miss this event if you want to hear the latest news on the cycle planning and advocacy front!
Note: the image above shows a ‘cycle street’ where bicycles have priority; cars are allowed but they are very much ‘guests on the street’. This street forms part of the wonderful cycle super-highway between the cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem. Come along to the session to find out more!
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