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Velo-city 2013 Vienna. The Sound of Cycling - Urban Cycling Cultures

Added by VeloCityVienna on 2012-09-13

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2013-06-11
Last Date Last Day: 2013-06-14
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2012-10-22

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Mr. Dvorak
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Address Address: Rathausplatz 1, Vienna, 1010, Austria

Conference Description:

Building on established Velo-city discourse topics such as mobility, ecology and climate, health, the economy, resources, time and space, and social policy, a new topic will be opened for discussion at the Velo-city 2013 conference in Vienna: cycling cultures.

Velo-city conferences serve as a global communication and information platform aiming to address decision makers in order to improve the planning and provision of infrastructure for the everyday use of bicycles in urban environments. Velo-city conferences typically bring together more than 1,000 delegates such as engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academic researchers, environmentalists, businessmen/women, and industry representatives who join forces with government at all levels in order to build effective transnational partnerships to deliver benefits to cycling worldwide.
Objectives of Velo-city conferences are:

Spreading high quality knowledge about cycling and transport planning internationally.
Showcasing through conference publicity the benefits that cities with good cycling policies provide to their citizens, businesses and others.
Encouraging the recognition of cycling as an efficient, healthy, environmentally friendly mode of transport, and promoting its widespread use.
Integrating cycle planning into transport, land-use planning and other policy sectors related to cycling.
Seeking involvement from all relevant stakeholders.

The motto of the Velo-city 2013 conference is framed as “The Sound of Cycling – Urban Cycling Cultures“. The three main themes for the conference are:

Cycling Cultures
Cycling Cities
Cycling Benefits

The Velo-city 2013 conference program has been designed in cooperation with the leading Austrian Cycling NGOs, ARGUS and IGF, as well as with Austrian Universities and various Viennese cultural institutions. It will offer a variety of inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to cycling issues. A special focus will be placed on developments in eastern and southeastern European cities.

The conference is inviting cycling experts from all over the world and from different cycling-related fields such as social cultures, the environment, health and economics, amongst others. The call for contributions will open from September 7th until October 22nd, 2012.

Cycling Cultures

Every city has its own unique cycling culture and diversity, consisting of specific bicycle infrastructure, ridership, cycling practices and policies, bicyclerelated administration and organizations as well as bicycle subcultures. Case studies and approaches shared amongst starter, rising and forerunner cycling cities can help to develop innovative methods of cycling promotion. An exchange of professional findings about mobility groups, as well as gender issues related to transport patterns, is a vital input for bicycle advocacy and administrative work. The understanding of contemporary global cycling cultures, their relationship to social media and the linkages between specific lifestyles and bicycle use are emerging topics for a professional discussion on cycling cultures. Not least, the debate during Velo-city 2013 will encompass the impact and development of social trends in relation to the bicycle, the influences of subcultures on the mainstream (and vice versa), as well as the growing importance of the bicycle as a cultural symbol.
Cycling Cities

In addition to walking and public transport, cycling is an ecofriendly transport mode with effects on the urban quality of life, the economy and resource use. Therefore, cycling should be observed through a holistic approach, identifying cycling’s potential for the planning and construction of a forward-thinking smart city. Such a professional debate will encompass (amongst other things) strategies for cyclingoriented and sustainable urban development, energy efficiency in regards to mobility, and cycling as an element of intermodal urban transportation. Velo-city 2013 will be a venue for sharing success stories about the integration of public transport and cycling, as well as examples of stakeholder cooperation in transport planning. Participants will discuss trends in urbanisation and sustainable urban development in relation to the bicycle, as well as experiences of the bicycle’s role in public spaces. The debate will also encompass cycling as an emerging sustainable mode of transport and the conflicting interests arising during such a process.
Cycling Benefits

Cycling contributes positively to an individual’s and a society’s economic situation, as substantiated by a growing array of research into cycling and its associated benefits. Cycling as an affordable and highly equitable transport mode has positive and quantifiable impacts on individual as well as societal health. Cycling has a growing importance for the economy in terms of bicycle production as a branch of the green economy, as well as cycle touring as a sustainable form of tourism. A debate on cycling benefits will also focus on the beneficial environmental effects of (increased) cycling, such as impacts on resources and the climate. Most recently, cycling has gained importance as a transport mode in times of crisis, with a correlation between the global economic situation and increased cycling. Moreover, cycling offers the potential for uses beyond transportation, when the bicycle is for example used as a tool of small-scale economies or as a vehicle in humanitarian and social projects.
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