All participants of this year’s Velo-City conference have signed the "Charter of Seville", essentially a concise 15-point list of the advantages and benefits of cycling.
The Charter will be taken to the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig in May. The ITF will see representatives – including Ministers of Transport – from 53 countries attend and discuss ‘Transport and Society’.
Bernhard Ensink, Velo-city Series Director and Secretary General of ECF, highlighted that: “It may not be an innovative concept, but it definitely is the first time that cycling as a mode of transportation is on the agenda of the ITF. What’s more, it is the very first time that the ITF will take a closer look at the social aspects of transportations policies and focus less on the technical aspects alone.
“Cycling needs engagement and investments from all of us. The larger bicycle associations, companies, scientists, consultants, politicians, regional and national authorities and international institutions, we all need to join hands to successfully promote cycling as a way forward towards a sustainable future.”