Yesterday saw the opening of the Velo-city Conference in Seville, Spain, the 17th staging of the global event. Seville, the host city, was awarded the UN Habitat Best Practice Award for the successful creation of a safe and segregated cycling infrastructure.
More than 900 participants from 47 countries attended the opening ceremony conducted by master of ceremonies and former mayor of Bogota, Gil Peñalosa; European Cyclists Federation president Manfred Neun; the Mayor of Seville Sánchez Monteserín; Jesús Huertas García from the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs Government of Spain; José Juan Díaz Trillo, Minister of Environment Regional government of Andalusia, and Antonio Rodrigo Torrijos, First Deputy Mayor of Seville.
Former Prime Minister of Norway, Mrs. Gro Harlem Brundtland delivered a powerful and inspiring opening speech. The bicycle, improved cycling infrastructure, and the promotion of cycling itself are the starting points for social and economic change, impacting problems such as energy dependency, climate change, obesity and road safety, she said.
Velo-city Seville is streamed live, in Spanish, on Giralda TV.
New magazine Cyclingmobility is tweeting prolifically from the event.