Velo-city: A wrap-up of the news from this global conference

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Last week Adelaide hosted the 2014 Velo-city Global Conference, the world’s premier international cycling planning conference and the first to be held in this part of the world.

The four day event attracted around 600 delegates from over 30 countries and there were more than 200 presentations from luminaries like former New York transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Copenhagenize’s Mikael Colville-Andersen.

Pedal Power sent two representatives to the conference – Executive Officer, John Armstrong, and Advocacy Team Leader, Jeff Ibbotson. You can read John’s observations and their relevance to Canberra here.

There were some hot issues at this year’s Velo-city Conference, including our country’s mandatory helmet laws (Australia and New Zealand are the only countries in the world to make helmets compulsory). Here’s a round-up of the main news items that came out of the conference.

Australia playing catch up when it comes to modern urban planning

Streets should be more like living rooms

Cycling advice from abroad – a good overview from ABC TV

World Cycling Alliance launched

Motorists lash out as conference delegates take to the streets

One of the speakers at the conference, San Francisco’s Timothy Papandreou, will be a guest panellist tonight at a special public forum hosted by Pedal Power. He will join leading Canberrans to discuss how we can use the San Francisco experience to coordinate and build a better ACT cycling environment. Tickets are free so reserve your place now.


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