Pedal Power Sets the New Urban Trend

Jun 16, 2010, 07:58 ET from Velo-city Global 2010

COPENHAGEN, June 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- There is an increasing trend towards more urban cycling. Cycling is already playing a vital role in tackling the global problems of congestion, obesity and climate change. Copenhagen the city of cyclists will 22-25 June be hosting cycling experts, professionals and urban trendsetters from all over the world for a global Velo-city Conference.

International cycling conference in Copenhagen 2010

The conference Velo-city Global 2010 is celebrating 30 years of Velo-city conferences co-hosted by different cities and the European Cyclists' Federation by going global for the first time.

The theme of the conference is "Different Gears - Same Destination". Despite our differences, we are all heading in the same direction. Whether we live in NYC, Rio de Janeiro or Amsterdam the common goal is to get more people cycling. Velo-city Global 2010 highlights cycling as the obvious way to reduce CO2 emissions - and to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the world.

"Copenhagen is aiming to become the first CO2 neutral capital in the world. One of the ways to reach that goal is to increase the number of bikers. Thus I am very pleased to welcome the world's cyclist community to Copenhagen. This is an outstanding opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas".

(Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard, Mayor, Technical and Environmental Administration, City of Copenhagen)

"I look forward to sharing New York City's cycling success story with a global audience...

... I also welcome the opportunity to learn from the international cycling experts that will gather at Velo-city Global".

(Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, City of New York)

"Cycling is a crucial test of our collective will to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to demonstrate that reduction equals a better quality of life and a healthier population. Switching from cars to bikes brings an immediate climate change gain and signals that lifestyles and thinking have finally got the climate change message. There are no technical, financial or logistic issues in this transport transformation; the only thing missing is the will to act, and the time to act is now."

(John Whitelegg, Professor of Sustainable Transport and Development at the Liverpool John Moores University)

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