There is a revolution going on in the way we build our cities
In Flanders, the motto is legacy
The conference that you are organizing here must have a lasting positive impact on your sector and the community. We spoke about cycling legacy with Caroline Cerfontaine, Director of Velo-City. This conference is widely considered to be the premier worldwide annual cycling summit, serving as a global knowledge exchange platform.
The conference brings together all those involved in the policies, promotion, and provisions for cycling, active mobility, and sustainable urban development.
Since its inception in 1980, the Velo-City series has played a valuable role in promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport for all.
If that were the case, then we could only organize Velo-City in places such as Flanders, the Netherlands, or Denmark. We are also keen to find starter cities, like Lisbon.
Two decades ago, they had three kilometres of bike lanes, now there are up to 200 km. So, we see a lot of progress. In fact, we see an impact with every new conference. The last conference was in Dublin, in 2019, and it gave cycling there a huge boost. Velo-City was the very first time that all of Ireland’s cycling communities came together and this created a nationwide network. Many things have been discussed at Velo-City and were implemented six months later.
But we must also keep in mind that there are various levels of legacy. Even in a highly developed country people can always learn and find innovative approaches. Or they may need to refresh their approach and think out of the box.
So, innovation remains important, and that can also come from a country which is less developed in terms of cycling. It may be that they can apply a totally new approach, and thus inspire more developed countries. The cycle node network is a good illustration of this. It was developed in Flanders, but adopted wholesale by the Netherlands.”
Dublin became much more bike-friendly after hosting the Velo-City conference
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