It brought together cycling leaders, advocates, mobility experts, National Federations, industry representatives and policy makers

The first UCI Bike City Forum took place on 14th and 15th November, and saw critical discussion and debate on the future of active mobility.

It brought together cycling leaders, advocates, mobility experts, National Federations, industry representatives and policy makers at the Pirelli headquarters in Milan, Italy.

UCI President David Lappartient welcomed participants and explained the UCI Bike City Label, which recognises cities and regions that host elite international competitions while at the same time investing in everyday cycling actions.

He said: “Cycling can help confront pressing challenges such as traffic congestion and play a part in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

“It was excellent to see mobility and cycling leaders from across the world discussing these topics and strengthening their network at the UCI Bike City Forum.

“We will now build on this momentum and continue to work with our partners to promote cycling for all.”

Welcoming addresses were also delivered by Pirelli’s chief sustainability officer Filippo Bettini and Milan city councillor for mobility and the environment Marco Granelli.

Bettini said: “Going into the future, mobility must be sustainable, which means safer, greener and more efficient.

“These topics were explored in depth at the Forum, which Pirelli was very pleased to host given the strong link between our vision for sustainable mobility and that of the UCI.

“Whether talking about bicycles, cars or buses, the tyre is the only contact between the vehicle and the road.

“Pirelli specialises in top technology and innovation, and this is key towards achieving sustainable mobility.”

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