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CycleCities gathering in Leipzig

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CycleCities gathering in Leipzig

30. July 2013
The 3rd international gathering of the CycleCities project took place in Leipzig (Germany), from the 27th to the 30th May 2013. Organized by the Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig in association with the Central German Cycling / Central MeetBike Project it enabled an enlarged and richer exchange of experiences and knowledge of cycling good practices in the EU. 17 delegates from all partners – NTUA (Athens), Gdansk, Genova, Kranj, Leipzig, Lisbon, Merton (London) and Piraeus - of the CycleCities Project attended this international event. There were 4 meetings and working days specifically centered in the context of the CycleCities Project, namely:

27th May 2013:  3rd Steering Committee Meeting: sessions & presentations
A decision making journey dedicated to the review, update, re-planning, re-scheduling  and implementation of deliverables and events of the Project’s most recent and immediately future outputs and contents.
The Project’s Lead Partner (Piraeus) reported on the levels of performance achieved so far by the Project’s partners and focused on the Project’s evolutive absorption issues.
There were presentations by Piraeus: “CycleCities (1307R4) 3rd Steering Committee Meeting”, Genova: “The Management Game” and NTUA (Athens): ”Collecting data on existing bike-sharing systems in Europe”, "Methodology on Good Practices on land use planning related to the integration of cycling in urban mobility management", "Methodology on Good Practices mobility management strategies", "Methodology on Good Practices on cities’ participation strategies for reshaping urban mobility".

28th May 2013:  2nd interregional Workshop (jointly with Central MeetBike Project)
There were a number of powerpoint presentations by representatives of both Projects. On behalf of the CycleCities Project, its basic outlines were presented by the Lead Partner, Lisbon partner presented “Cycling in Lisbon / Ideas from EU Partners / CycleCities Outreach Program” (.pdf, 6,1 mb) and the City of Leipzig presented the “Bicycle Master Plan of the City of Leipzig”. London borough of Merton presented two cartoon animations specifically produced for the CycleCities Project as part of the Project’s information raising awareness campaign.
The Workshop’s presentations generated animated debates on cycling issues in urban and regional contexts with multiple recommendations on cycling safety, shift travel to cycling, cycling lanes and tracks, traffic rules and legislation, mobility enhanced policies, the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy consumptions in urban mobility and, generically, best practices in cycling.
In the afternoon, a number of parallel workshops were held dealing with bicycle case studies in central European urban areas, such as Pardubice and Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), Mesto Zilina (Slovakia), Gdansk (Poland), Dresden (Germany) and others.
The participants from both Projects were integrated in rotational task forces which gave them the possibility to analyze proposals and already implemented situations of shared and segregated cycle lanes in problematic traffic congestion centres as well as collect innovative ideas from other team participants.
This was an excellent framework for European expert communication and knowledge exchange on issues related to the promotion of safer cycling, the creation of cycle friendly urban environments and the development of consensually integrated cycling strategies in the EU.

29th May 2013:  2nd Interregional Forum jointly with the 3rd German Cycling Conference (Central MeetBike & CycleCities)
On the 3rd day, the meeting was focused on the German experience and German cities in cycling issues, interested by both Projects. In this framework, the methodology and practice of planning a cycling network in countries and cities and also the need and practice for linking route-planners and information services for cyclists were analyzed, as good practices for an integrated planning policy and successful results according to contemporary/ modern/up to date needs.
Experience shared by the cities of Braunschweig and Rostock related to concept of implemented planning of cycling roads as well as planning of a raising awareness cycling campaign.
Finally, the scope and role of Bicycle associations of the federal states of Germany were presented and how these can connect and affect municipalities and regional administrative bodies as well as stakeholders for promoting bicycle use.

Planning networks for cyclists – methods and practice in counties and cities (.pdf, 2,9 mb)
VeRa – Radroutenplaner Deutschland, Linking route-planners and information services for cyclists (.pdf, 391 kb)
Cycling Roads in Braunschweig (.pdf, 7 mb)
Cycling image-campaign „Rostock steigt auf“ (.pdf, 9,2 mb)
Bicycle associations of the federal states of Germany (.pdf, 3,6 mb)
Association of bicycle friendly communities in Lower Saxony – AGFK (.pdf, 649 kb)

30th May 2013:  2nd interregional Workshop (jointly with Central MeetBike)
At the morning of the final day, a selected cycling itinerary included the experimentation of a variety of bicycle designed infrastructures ranging from open green areas to restricted residential neighborhoods, from high density shared mobility situations to the historic priority pedestrian city core zones. At the same time, a German tv crew was covering the meeting/itinerary/cycling tour and an extended press conference was taking place while preparing an actual cycling video of participants.
In the afternoon, parallel workshops and working groups took place. Issues covered were related to:
  • Communication and infrastructure where actual paradigms from different countries and implemented Projects were analyzed
  • Tourism, where the importance of cycling in attracting tourism was discussed through actual international paradigms of participating countries.
  • The future of the CycleCities and the Central MeetBike Project was discussed and how this knowledge and experience can be capitalized in the future for other European Countries and related policies, in the local, transnational and EU policies level.

Meeting agenda (.pdf, 515 kb)
Cyclecities introductory presentation (.pdf, 189 kb)


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