World Bicycle Day will take place online on 3 June, 14:30-16:00 CEST (Brussels). It draws attention to the benefits of cycling — a simple, affordable, clean, fitness-enhancing, and sustainable means of transportation. The bicycle contributes to cleaner air and less congestion and makes education, health care and other social services more accessible to the most vulnerable populations. A sustainable transport system that promotes economic growth, reduces inequalities while bolstering the fight against climate change is critical to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be an important part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and improve air quality and road safety. The COVID-19 pandemic led many cities to rethink their transport systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is a pathway for achieving greater health equity.
On World Bicycle Day, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) will convene a group of prominent leaders from around the world – who are at the political and intellectual forefront of the transition of our mobility systems – to discuss one important question: How will the bicycle shape our future?
Speakers and panellists include:
- Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport (invited)
- Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (invited)
- Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE at the European Commission and Mission Manager of “100 Climate-Neutral Cities by 2030”
- Amina Lanaya, Director General of Union Cycliste Internationale
- Lucy Saunders, Director of Healthy Streets
- Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment of the City of Helsinki
- Henk Swarttouw, President of the European Cyclists’ Federation
- Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation
- ...and more to be confirmed.
Information on registration will be coming soon; see here for updates.