The city of Leipzig, in Germany, has been designated to host the Velo-city 2023 conference. This European cycling meeting annually brings together industrialists, politicians, associations and various decision-makers on the future of cycling. In recent years, Leipzig has shown a particular interest in the development of cycling activities and has implemented urban policies in this direction. Enough to convince the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) to choose her to host one of the most important cycling conferences in the world.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the whole face of Leipzig has changed. Bicycles have played a major role in the transformation of this city. This is reflected in the many transformations associated with urban mobility, with an increasingly larger and more comfortable space reserved for cycling enthusiasts.
A third of the population travels by bicycle
Today in Leipzig, a third of the inhabitants already travel regularly, every day or almost, by bicycle, to go to work, for entertainment or for sports. The number of cyclists in Leipzig has more than doubled in just 20 years. Between 2010 and 2020 alone, the bicycle network has grown from 376 to 526 km. A new plan, recently adopted by the town hall, aims to further increase the number of cyclists in the city.
The Velo-city conference brings together between 1,000 and 1,500 delegates for four days around a different theme. In 2023, Leipzig will host the event from June 27 to 30.
As a reminder, the 2022 edition will take place from 14 to 17 June in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.
(ETX Daily Up)