This major international conference will be held this time next year in Glasgow and Edinburgh. (Of the six sponsors connected with the event so far, none are from the bike trade).

Call for papers for Velo-city 2001

The organisers of next years Velo-city conference have issued a call for papers. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, should be submitted before the 1st November 2000 for review by the Technical Programme Committee. Successful authors will be notified in February 2001.

Velo-city is the international cycling planning conference. It will be held in Edinburgh and Glasgow in September 2001.

Velo-city attracts at least 500 planners, activists and politicians concerned with promoting cycling as a means of transport. The major theme of the conference in Scotland will be partnership.

This will focus on four specific areas:

* that between transport and education working together to create safer routes to schools

* North Sea countries collaborating on the North Sea Cycle Route

* local authorities collaborating to promote cycling

* practical examples of partnership like that between land use and transport in Edinburgh to create car-free communities.

Papers are invited on one or more of the following topics:

1. Sustainable Transport and Planning

* Integrated transport policies – mainstreaming cycling.

* Infrastructure/green transport plans/assisting the bicycle in lifestyle.

* Promotion and incentives for cycling in transport, leisure and sport for all.

* Benchmarking, auditing, best practice.

2. Children and Mobility

* Safe routes to schools.

* School travel strategies and plans.

* Training, education and participation of children.

* Promoting walking and cycling to young people.

3. Environment and Land Use

* Spatial planning and zoning.

* Car free development/traffic calming/managing speed.

* Economic development – roads to prosperity?

* Combining bikes and public transport/safe routes to stations etc.

4. Tourism and Economy

* International route including the newly opened North Sea Route.

* Local cycle routes – creation, mapping/signing, rails to trails.

* Economic aspects of green tourism.

5. Health and Well Being

* Exercise/physiology/air quality.

* Physical/mental health benefits.

* Safety of cyclists and pedestrians, together and in motor traffic.

* Women and cycling-deterrents and determinants.


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