In September 2021, Velo-city brought together all those involved in the policy, promotion and provision for cycling, active mobility and sustainable urban development. With over 1,000 in-person participants Velo-city 2021 Lisboa was a great success and an opportunity for the sector to unite and forge strong messages in special times. It sparked vibrant discussions between conference delegates and left decision makers inspired to work towards more active and sustainable mobility. The conference exhibition showcased the latest innovations for a better cycling experience in cities and beyond!
Thank you to all Velo-citizens online and offline who contributed to make Velo-city 2021 Lisboa memorable and successful. This edition once again played a valuable part in promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport for all!
"When I have more time, I usually ride calmly by the river. it's much more peaceful and I end up taking time for myself. I use my bicycle to be able to take time for myself, to do what I want with myself and to have time to think and to relax."
- Alberto Rosa, Bicycle user in Lisbon for 3 years
"My most memorable moment was (…) when we were cycling along an elevated motorway in Tapei, the little girl next to me told her father “Look papa, I'm flying", as she could see in the people’s houses next to her. I realized then that cycling is (…) also a way to dream & that was a dream come true for her."
- Philippe Crist, Advisor, Innovation and Foresight at ITF - International Transport Forum
"The most inspiring thing with Velo-city, was in Nantes in 2015, when I realized that there are so many opportunities in cycling advocacy, and not only in Europe but worldwide, (…) so I decided to quiet my regular job and just go into cycling."
- Tena Šarić, Executive Coordinator at Sindikat Biciklista
"For my first Velo-city conference, I heard a very inspiring sentence: “If women ride bicycles in a city, men and children will try too”. I went back to my country and created one of the biggest cycling movements: Fancy Women Bike Ride."
- Pinar Pinzuti, Marketing Manager at Bikenomist
"It's not an easy task to prepare a huge bike parade in a city during a weekday, but in Nantes, in 2015, it was really amazing. All the streets were gridlocked, with a huge bike parade, (…) drivers were honking their horns unstoppably, (…) they were cheering to us."
- Ze Lobo, Executive Director at Transporte Ativo
"I think that was back in 2008, I was the mayor for technical and environmental affairs in the city of Copenhagen, and I was invited to give a talk at Velo-city Munich (…) I remember coming on stage and feeling that enormous interest there was for hearing about the Copenhagen cycling experience."
- Klaus Bondam, CEO at The Danish Cyclists' Federation
"What I think really boosted the use of bicycles in Lisbon was the shared bikes Gira. A person takes a bicycle at one station, leaves it at another, does not have to worry about it anymore and is very cheap, not least because you can combine it much better with other public transport."
- Filipa Peres, Bicycle user in Lisbon for 3 years
"The most inspiring [aspect from Velo-city] is not a single moment, but the enduring friendships that have been built. The parade are always exciting, they always remind me that building cycling is not only a technocratic exercise. It's about people, it's about those friendships."
- Peter Cox, University of Chester & Chair, ECF Scientists for Cycling network
"(…) We started from the bicycle but actually entered into the city, into the real community life, through the bicycle anyway. We got into public transport, we got into open spaces, we got into parks, squares, so I think that Velo-city played big role in inspiring other cities."
- Amanda Ngabirano, Acting Chairperson at The National Physical Planning Board (NPPB) Uganda
"Riding a bike is feeling the wind in your face, feeling the air, listening to the birds, feeling the city, feeling the movement of the city, getting to see better houses, people, walks and trees. All of it. A person has another perception when he is on a bicycle."
- Sonja Weber, Bicycle user in Lisbon for 3 years
"Velo-city conference offers (…) outstanding moments of exposure to policy makers from around the world. It’s also a fantastic networking moment, both internationally and for our network internally. I think Velo-city is without doubt our annual highlight. "
- Lucas Harms, Managing Director at the Dutch Cycling Embassy
"At Velo-city 2012 in Vancouver, I understood that it is not about representing people that cycle, it's about representing and inviting people to cycle, that do not dare to cycle (…) That changed a lot for me and for other organisations. It was really worth the trip."
- Burkhard Stork, Former Director at German Cyclists' Association