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13. Juni, 08:47 Uhr

How to change people’s behaviour to get more people out of their car and on a bicycle? That was the most important question of the Velo-city session: behaviour change for a better life.

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18. Juni, 08:22 Uhr

The final cycle tourism session at this year’s Velo-city was an interactive workshop on developing cycle tourism routes. The participants were given the opportunity to stretch their legs and express their view of how appropriate various examples of infrastructure were for different target groups by moving to the four corners of the room.     

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06. Juni, 07:41 Uhr

The European Commission has, following an ECJ decision, decided to allow classification of all Electric Power Assisted Bicycles (EPAC/Pedelec) as a “motor vehicle" within the scope of the Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive. If it were to become law it would make it mandatory for all riders to have third party motor vehicle insurance despite the vast majority already having insurance through,...

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13. Juni, 09:03 Uhr

For more or less 10 years, bike sharing systems have been facilitating first- and last-mile connections in our cities; and this session at Velo-city proved once again the beneficial impact they have on mobility and local economies. D V Manohar, Chairman of the Hyderabad Bicycling Club and Vice President of the World Cycling Alliance, moderated four among the world's top experts on shared...

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18. Juni, 07:53 Uhr

Simone Gallo is the Head of Institutional Relations of Itaú Unibanco and an activist for urban mobility. Simone is responsible for Itaú Unibanco's urban mobility platform, which promotes bicycles as a means of transportation in cities.

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14. Juni, 09:06 Uhr

The second day of Velo-city concluded with a stimulating discussion about “Cycle Tourism”. It is the first time that a Velo-city conference has included a plenary on cycle tourism. This reflects the growing importance of this booming segment of the tourism market.

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18. Juni, 07:46 Uhr

How can cycling help social inclusion? This question was shaping the social inclusion session at the last day of Velo-city 2018. Cycling and schools, cycling and gender inequality and cycling overcoming racial barriers, were just some of the different perspectives on how cycling can be a tool.

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15. Juni, 08:09 Uhr

Most bicycle and car trips start and end in buildings: in apartment blocks, in offices or in commercial buildings. Yet off-street parking is the often overlooked element in transport policy.

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15. Juni, 07:59 Uhr

The session on cycling and the economy brought together contributions that took a global view on the economic benefits of cycling, with concrete examples and case studies.

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15. Juni, 08:38 Uhr

There are diverse ways that bicycles can be present in public space – at events, in education, street art and last but not least – infrastructure. Speakers in the “Public Space Realm” session highlighted the connection between bicycles and inclusion, and public participation.

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13. Juni, 09:41 Uhr

The session ‘’Access to life’’ tackled the topic of using cycling as a tool for accessing economic and social life. Ana Beatriz Maciel kicked off the session with an interesting presentation about women and cycling. Her research has demonstrated that the main reason why women cycle in the city of Rio de Janeiro is because it is fast, healthy and cheap.

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15. Juni, 08:28 Uhr

The Scientists for Cycling sessions on day three of Velo-city showed more interesting research on cycling. Today the sessions were focused on the role of cyclists’ organisations and social activism in shaping public space and policies and on bicycle cultures in South America, both with great examples from South American cities.

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15. Juni, 08:30 Uhr

This session primarily focussed on the integration of cycling with public transport in South America. Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) systems could cover almost the entire city of Bogota if stations were well served by cycling. “Cyclists are prepared to cycle up to 3 km to public transport stops, compared to 500m for pedestrians. Cycling therefore increases the catchment area of public transport...

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18. Juni, 08:44 Uhr

Participants of the “Copy & Paste Infrastructure” session discussed challenges and adaptations of applying the Dutch or Danish cycling infrastructure design standards and solutions to other countries, and analysed cases of success and failure. 

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06. Juni, 14:35 Uhr

We are pleased to welcome the Dutch Cycling Embassy at the Velo-city 2018 Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro! The Dutch Cycling Embassy is a public private network for sustainable bicycle inclusive mobility, which represents the best of Dutch Cycling: knowledge, experience and experts offered by private companies, NGO’s, research institutions, national and local governments. A quick chat with the...

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14. Juni, 07:36 Uhr

The second day of Velo-city 2018 brought another inspiring session on bike sharing. No operators this time, only activists and city officials, discussing the potential for social inclusion that lies within bike sharing systems.

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06. Juni, 07:56 Uhr

Collisions with cars, vans and lorries account for a large proportion of cyclist deaths. The severity of impacts between motor vehicles and cyclists is influenced by a variety of factors, including the level of protection provided by the vehicle, particularly with regards to the speed of the vehicle. For large vehicles the risk of running over a cyclist is high, especially when turning, and...

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18. Juni, 08:03 Uhr

E-bikes were on stage today, with a forward-looking session that created a good discussion with the audience. Since it was one of the few opportunities to talk about EPACs, the room was full and the discussion heated.

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13. Juni, 08:38 Uhr

The first day of Velo-city was also the kick-off of the academic stream of the conference, organised by the Laboratory for Sustainable Mobility at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in cooperation with ECF’s network Scientists for Cycling.

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18. Juni, 08:34 Uhr

Cargo bikes in Rio are everywhere. Every little shop has its own tricycle and a person dedicated to deliveries: they are called triciclistas and they represent 40% of all cycling traffic in the city center.

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13. Juni, 09:23 Uhr

Day 1 of Velo-city 2018 concluded with a stimulating discussion about Megacities. In a nutshell, the plenary explored the mega-challenges which Megacities are facing, focusing on intermodality, congestion, planning, capacity, and governance. During the plenary, mega-solutions that could lead to a great city were also discussed. The concept behind the session was to highlight the issues of the...

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15. Juni, 08:00 Uhr

The third day of Velo-city started with a stimulating discussion about “Intermodality”. In a nutshell, the plenary discussed the power of the bicycle in an intermodal metropolitan area. During the plenary, the contrast between EU National and regional case with South-American Development was also showcased. Finally the challenges, innovations and perspectives of a transport system that is more...

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13. Juni, 07:27 Uhr

The importance of good governance was the focus of the first of four sessions on cycle tourism during this year’s Velo-city.  Ádám Bodor, Advocacy and EuroVelo Director at the ECF, was the moderator for the session and explained that he was interested to hear the differences and the similarities between the European and the Latin American models.

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04. Juni, 15:04 Uhr

One of the key elements of the 3rd Mobility Package launched by the European Commission on May 17th is a proposal for amending the Road Infrastructure Safety Management directive (2008/96/EC, also known as the RISM directive). The directive currently defines procedures that were supposed to ensure safety of the trans-European road infrastructure (TEN-T) but up until now were focused nearly...

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15. Juni, 11:35 Uhr

The third day of Velo-city 2018 concluded with a stimulating discussion about “Advocacy for Inclusion”.

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13. Juni, 08:03 Uhr

Every day, we hear about Smart Cities. About how data can give us insight and help us understand our own cities, to then be more efficient when planning and implementing new infrastructure. About how new connected technologies will revolutionise the way we move, the way we work and the way we play across the urban space. But what about all the great low tech solutions and best practices that...

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18. Juni, 07:38 Uhr

How can political support be translated into policy? This was the key question that was addressed in this governance workshop that focused on national cycling strategies, national frameworks of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and the ‘complete streets’ approach in Brazil.

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18. Juni, 07:38 Uhr

The fourth and final day of Velo-city 2018 started with a stimulating panel discussion about “Global Policy”.

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15. Juni, 08:55 Uhr

After an inspiring opening Plenary focused on intermodality, there was an interesting session on bike sharing, and how it can integrate and complement public transport, to create a real intermodal city. Bianca Maçedo, Municipal Secretary for Conservation and Public Services in Fortaleza, Brazil, moderated some insightful presentations on different case studies of how the integration between...

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14. Juni, 08:49 Uhr

Day 2 of Velo-city 2018 started with a stimulating discussion about Technology. In a nutshell, the plenary explored how new technologies could revolutionize mobility in the next few years, as well as the relevance of 200-year old technology like cycling. In this plenary, global leaders in the field discussed some of the emerging challenges for governance, cities and advocates as new...

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