Nantes plans for Velo-city conference to be a springboard for increased cycle use

Nantes in France is to host this year’s Velo-City conference, an annual meeting of cycle advocates. Nantes was chosen as host city by the European Cyclists’ Federation due to its “inspiring story and forward-thinking measures.”

Johanna Rolland, Mayor of Nantes, said hosting Velo-City would be a springboard for increasing cycle use in the city.

ECF Secretary General Dr Bernhard Ensink said:

“The news coming out of Nantes is impressive; an increase in mode share that more than doubled within four years, projects like Bike2Work, data collection development, big infrastructure plans and projects that involve local citizens and school campaigns.”

Velo-City, to be held at the beginning of June, will hear from 250 speakers, selected from 750 applications.

A statement from ECF said:

“We are at a crucial moment for sustainable development on a global level. The UN will adopt in 2015 new Sustainable Development Goals and we will have the Climate Summit COP21 in December in Paris. The preparations for the UN-Habitat III conference on the development of cities in 2016 started already this year. These three UN processes could have overarching effects on combating climate change and sustainable urban development for decades to come. Velo-city 2015 in Nantes will also address these issues.”

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