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Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver Velo-city Global 2012Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson addresses Velo-city Global 2012 delegates during Tuesday morning's opening ceremony.
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Public Bike System Company BIXI bikes Velo-city Global 2012A welcome sight in Vancouver. Delegates have access to PBSC Bixi bikes during the conference.
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Manfred Neun, President, European Cyclists' Federation, Velo-city Global 2012ECF President, Manfred Neun, shares a laugh with event delegates.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada welcomed delegates from around the world to Velo-city Global 2012 on Tuesday, June 27.
In his opening ceremonies address, European Cyclists' Federation President, Manfred Neun, thanked the city for "rolling out the green carpets," a reference to the green paint used along the city's expanding bicycle network.
Separated bike lanes, made permanent in a recent vote by city council, are just part of the ways that Vancouver plans to reduce private motor vehicle dependence and increase walking, cycling and public transit options by 2040. Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson introduced the crowd to the goals of the city's Transportation 2040 plan and emphasized the importance of bikes as tools for connecting with a city and the communities within.
And while Vancouver and other North American cities are boasting increased mode share of people on bicycles, Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities, noted in his energetic presentation that we must work faster to improve public space conditions and do so to include everyone from 8 to 80 years old and no longer build infrastructure geared only to athletic 30-year olds.
Alain Ayotte, President and CEO of Public Bike System Company, reflected upon the success of Montreal, Canada's BIXI bike share system and the snowball affects of more people on bikes also resulting in more people wanting to be on bikes.
While economic uncertainty remains the focus in many places around the world, Nancy Olewiler, Chair, TransLink, wanted delegates to not focus on just the money when it comes to public transit and cycling infrastructure projects. Olewiler would rather us focus on building partnerships to achive infrastructure goals, something many delegates will consider over the next three days of the conference.
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ABOUT VELO-CITY GLOBAL 2012
Velo-city Global is the world's premier international cycling planning conference. The four-day event offers delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.
The Velo-city Global conference unites politicians, engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academics, researchers, environmentalists, advocates, educators and industry representatives. Delegates join forces and foster international collaborations. The event also draws experts from related areas, such as health, economics and the environment.
Velo-city Global 2012 is expected to host over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The conference is being held June 26-29 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel, accessible by the new Hornby Street separated bike lanes.