The first ever Asian Velo-city cycle advocacy conference ends today so it’s time to look forward to the next European Velo-city – it’s to take place in the Netherlands. A number of Dutch cities bid for the prestige of hosting the event, with the winner being a joint bid from the cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen. The logo for the 2017 event has now been revealed.
When Arnhem-Nijmegen was announced as the successful joint-host Manfred Neun, president of the European Cyclists’ Federation said: “Arnhem-Nijmegen city region seems to be indeed ready to organise a fantastic conference in 2017, one that no participant ever will forget. We are already looking forward now to this additional boost the Dutch will give with Velo-city 2017 to the promotion of cycling and the exchange of best practices worldwide.”
The Arnhem-Nijmegen bid promised that Velo-city 2017 would be hosted "by the country that is praised as the ‘bicycle country of the world’, the Netherlands!"
Velo-city was staged in Seville in 2011, Vancouver in 2012, Vienna in 2013, Adelaide, Australia, in 2014, and in Nantes, France, in 2015. The event started in 1980 in Bremen, Germany. Copenhagen has hosted the conference twice (in 1989 and 2010) but the last and only time it was hosted in the Netherlands was in 1987 when it was staged in Groningen.
The Arnhem-Nijmegen bid document said that the time is now right for Velo-city to return to the Netherlands, "where visitors can see the best examples of cycling policy and bicycle use.
Velo-city 2017 will be staged 13th-16th June.