- Registration is open for CICLOBCN21, which brings together three cycling congresses: 2021 EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference, the XVIII Iberian Congress “The Bicycle and the City” and the 7th International Bicycle Congress of Catalonia
- The director of the World Tourism Organization, Dirk Glaesser, and the president of the World Cycling Alliance, Raluca Fiser, will attend the event, which will be held face-to-face at the AXA auditorium and can also be followed online.
- CICLOBCN21 is the fruit of the combined efforts of the Government of Catalonia, which has led the initiative, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), together with the organizations from the world of cycling ECF, FPCUB, ConBici and FEM Bici, and with the additional support of volunteers and other cycling organizations from all over the region.
CICLOBCN21 will turn Catalonia into the bicycle capital from 5 to 10 October. Registration to attend this event about cycling is now open. For the first time, the same city, Barcelona, brings together three congresses about cycling under the slogan Cycling cities and beyond: the 2021 EuroVelo and Cycling Touring Conference, the XVIII Iberian Congress “The Bicycle and the City”, and the 7th International Bicycle Congress. All three will include exhibition spaces, meetings between professionals, technical visits and activities in the public space, with the aim of defending the protagonism of the bicycle and reaffirming the commitment made by institutions and citizens to encourage its use. This event will be held face-to-face at the AXA Auditorium and can also be followed online.
This series of congresses and activities will take place within the programming of CICLOBCN21. They are the fruit of the combined efforts of the Government of Catalonia, which has led the initiative, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area of (AMB), together with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), the Portuguese Federation of Cycling Tourism and Bicycle Users (FPCUB), ConBici and FEM Bici, with the support of volunteers and other cycling organizations from all over the region. FGC (Catalan Government Railways) and the Catalan firm Zicla are the main sponsors of the event.
The 2021 EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference
The 2021 EuroVelo Cycling Tourism Conference, the main international conference in the world of cycling tourism, will be held from 5 to 7 October. It will begin with a plenary session dedicated to reflection on the contribution of cycling tourism to the challenges faced by our society, and will be attended by key figures from the fields of tourism, health and cycling, such as the director of the World Tourism Organization, Dirk Glaesser, and the president of the World Cycling Alliance, Raluca Fiser. During the meeting, success stories and good practices in the fields of health, infrastructure, research, innovation, economic recovery and job creation through cycling tourism will be presented.
The conference will close with the participation of representatives from leading cycling tourism destinations that have adapted to the current context by making a definitive commitment to specialization in cycling tourism, such as Limburg (Belgium), Bologne (Italy), and the Catalan Pyrenees – in this case, through the participation of FGC.
The EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route
The 2021 EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference, promoted by the European Cyclists’ Federation, is a biennial event organized since 2012 to campaign for cycling tourism in Europe and boost the deployment of the EuroVelo network, a set of 17 transnational cycling routes that cross Europe from one end to the other.
This conference provides an excellent opportunity to promote cycling tourism in the Mediterranean countries and extend and consolidate the EuroVelo 8 route between Cadiz and Cyprus, which passes through Catalonia and is being promoted by the Catalan Government from La Jonquera to Ulldecona. While the EuroVelo 8 route in Catalonia is currently operational between La Jonquera and Sils, the accesses to Barcelona are expected to be opened within the framework of CICLOBCN21, and also the Mediterranean Prelitoral Route, which will complement EuroVelo 8 through the Besòs-Mogent and the Llobregat river valleys.
The promotion of the bicycle as a safe sports, leisure and tourist option provides Catalonia with an excellent opportunity to stimulate more sustainable tourism, which meets the strategic goals of better seasonal distribution, decongestion and diversification of products, as well as generation of wealth. It has a high potential for growth in this region, which boasts ideal conditions for cycling tourism.
The 7th International Bicycle Congress and XVIII Iberian Congress
The 7th International Bicycle Congress and the XVIII Iberian Congress “The Bicycle and the City” (October 7 and 8) will open with a plenary session attended by representatives of cities and metropolises who in recent years have made a firm commitment to the bicycle as a priority means of transport. The main topics to be discussed during the two days of the congresses – which will feature presentations, workshops, audiovisuals and round tables – will be the resilience of cities and regions; the advancement of knowledge and the local economy; governance, monitoring and promotional systems; cities and regions for the people; ecology; health and the sport; and the participation of cycling communities.
In addition, special plenary sessions will be held to discuss funding for cycling projects, the commitment to intermodality, the administration of cycling cities and regions – to be attended by representatives of the Spanish Cities for Cycling Network (RCxB), and cites and regions considered from different perspectives (active aging, gender, childhood, and accessibility). The two days of the congresses will conclude with the presence of Pierre Serne, the president of the Club de Villes et Territoires Cyclables, who will take part in a plenary session on governance and interaction between the social fabric and administrations.
Finally, a series of social activities will be organized on 9 and 10 October by the participating organisations and Barcelona City Council to coincide with the city’s annual bicycle festival.