Why Attend Velo-city Global 2012?
You have much to gain by attending
- Be inspired by leaders who have transformed their cities through cycling, improving the quality of life while enhancing the economy
- Discover the strategies and policies that have dramatically increased levels of cycling in communities around the world
- Learn how other cities have overcome the challenges encountered when improving cycling facilities
- Develop the knowledge to ensure the cost effective implementation of cycling infrastructure and programs
- Review the latest research that helps build the business case for cycling and guides policy development
- Take advantage of great opportunity to network and build relationships with politicians, professionals and business leaders from around the world
- Benefits of professional and academic recognition along with awareness of the latest research
- See and learn the techniques for cycling growth that supports sustainable communities by city representatives attending the conference
- Be up to date with the latest thinking in cycling
Experience the World’s Most Livable City
Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, located on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. With a population of 610,000 and more than 2 million people in the region, it is the largest city in the province.
Surrounded by water and the majestic Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver boasts one of the most breathtaking landscapes in North America and has been voted the most beautiful city in Canada and the number one city in the world to live in.
Vancouver is an international crossroads, centrally located between Europe and Asia and connected through North America via convenient, direct service by major air carriers. Vancouver International Airport is one of the most beautiful airports; it has been described as the best arrival experience in North America.
During your stay in Vancouver, you can see some of the latest trends in cycling infrastructure, transportation, urban, and neighbourhood planning, producing food in community gardens, TransLink in action, the integrated road, transit, and cycling service provider, and the eco-sustainable Olympic Village with gold LEED buildings.
The Olympic Village on the shores of False Creek is a leading model of sustainability incorporating forward-thinking infrastructure, energy reduction, green buildings and easy bicycle access. You can see ideas and concepts that you will be able to implement in your city. View the integration of city life with that of the mountains rising from the seawater; where a walk or a mountain bike ride in the hills is only a bus ride away.
- Experience firsthand the innovative transportation, planning and green initiatives in Vancouver
- See and try Vancouver’s evolving cycling infrastructure including separated bicycle lanes, neighbourhood cycling streets, bicycles on buses, ferries, and rapid transit lines, traffic calming, feeder networks to transit lines, and cyclist-activated signals
To keep everyone entertained both indoors or out, there are over 190 parks, 400 km of bicycle routes including the Seaside Path around Stanley Park and the waterfront, world class mountain biking on the North Shore, 3 civic theatres, extensive selections of art galleries and museums as well as superb dining and cosmopolitan shopping.
Vancouver was the proud host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.