Conference Theme

Cities in Motion -
Sharing Cities’ Success Stories

Spotlighting cities and regions around the world, small, medium, and large that are enabling and encouraging people of all ages to choose cycling as a daily form of active transportation and recreation. This includes the Forerunner Cities that are achieving significant cycling success as well as the Climbing Cities that are taking significant steps forward to improve cycling in their community.

Program Themes

Leadership – The Politics of Change

Creating vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities through leadership in all areas. Insight on challenges, solutions and successes demonstrated in achieving cycling success to help illustrate courses of action for others to follow in their own communities

  • Political and Professional - Policies, strategies, funding, challenges, solutions and opportunities
  • Business
  • Advocacy
  • Research supporting policy decisions

How Cycling Achieves Community Aspirations and Addresses Global Problems

The critical role cycling can play locally and globally.

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Health and Safety 
  • Business and the Green Economy
  • Vibrant and Resilient Communities

Essential Elements – Increasing Cycling and Safety

The on the ground facilities, policies and programs required to achieving significant cycling growth in communities of all sizes; from small towns to large cities. 

  • Networks and Infrastructure – including Planning, Design, and Engineering
  • Land Use, Urban Planning, Built Environment, and Public Spaces
  • Laws and Enforcement

Empowering People and Inclusivity

Cycling is not just a healthy lifestyle choice, but also an issue of basic mobility for many in both developing and developed countries that can open up a world of opportunities.

  • Children - Enshrining the Rights of Children to Mobility
  • Seniors - Creating Age-Friendly Communities
  • Equity and Diversity - Increasing Mobility Choices and Opportunities Globally
  • Social Marketing and Education – Encouraging Cycling Growth and Improving Relationships between Road Users
  • Sport and Organized Rides – Building their Relationship with Cycling for Transportation

Emerging Technologies

Technologies that make cycling more appealing to people.  How new technologies can assisting in cycling planning, improve safety and encourage cycling while creating new business opportunities.

  • Electric-Assisted Bicycles and Other Mobility Devices
  • Consumer Technology – Enhancing the Cycling Experience
  • Smart Cities - Facilitating Cycling Growth and Improving Safety with Intelligent Transportation Systems and other technologies

Pivotal Themes

Key topics of current interest that move cycling forward while improving mobility and the economy.

Public Bike Sharing Systems

Moving from vision to policy, to planning, to public support, to marketing, to acquisition, to implementation, and then to operations, while discussing the role of public bike sharing systems within liveable and sustainable urban communities and their transportation options.  Discussing the role of public bike sharing systems as extension of transit systems.

Combined Mobility - Cycling Integration with Transit, Rail and Other Modes

Advancing from the question of “Why should bicycles be carried on public transit?” to effective policies, procedures, and tactics, which increase transit ridership while reducing use of cars and motorcycles.  Seamless trips combining cycling and transit from home to final destination, including transit station (stop) access, station parking, station passage, and vehicle designs.

Cycling Logistics – Movement of Goods by Bicycles

Advancing the dialogue from the use of bicycles just for people movement to the role of bicycles as carriers of goods and as family taxis, for personal or for business use.  Dialoguing bicycles as an option for reducing business usage of cars and trucks for internal operations and for delivery of services and of goods.

Cycling Tourism

Moving from federal/ provincial/ state policies and strategies to funding, building, operating, and marketing touring networks.  Advancing cycling infrastructure and consumer-oriented cycling tourism products, which benefit local retail and hospitality economies in cities and towns.  Advancing touring networks through effective governmental railway legislation and through business relations with railway and utility companies for rail line abandonment, rails with trails, and integration with greenways.