Vancouver selected for major international cycling

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Official news release below. More in-depth story at Momentum magazine at link

City of Vancouver

News Release
Oct. 19, 2010
Vancouver selected for major international cycling conference

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson today thanked European Cycling
Federation President Manfred Neun for selecting Vancouver as the host of
the prestigious Velo-city Global 2012 conference, the first time the
event has been held outside of Europe since 1996.

"Velo-city will bring together hundreds of planners, transportation
experts and cycling specialists from around the world to discuss the
fast-growing role of cycling in urban transportation," said Mayor
Robertson. "We are very excited that the European Cycling Federation has
selected Vancouver for its global conference in 2012.

"Hosting a major international conference like Velo-city is a good boost
for our local economy, and it's a great opportunity to showcase
Vancouver's bike infrastructure to the world's leading transportation
experts."

An estimated 1,000 conference delegates and their guests will attend the
conference, which will be held in June 2012 at a Vancouver location yet
to be selected.

The Vancouver bid for the conference was prepared by the City of
Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, TransLink and the VeloWorks Cycling
Society.

"Cycling is already an important travel mode in Metro Vancouver, and
TransLink has partnered with the City, the province and the federal
government in major infrastructure upgrades to make it an even better
option for more people," said TransLink's vice president of Customer and
Public Engagement, Bob Paddon. "TransLink is pleased to support the
2012 Velo-city conference.'

"Bravo to the City of Vancouver, Translink and VeloWorks for their
efforts in bringing the 2010 Velo-City conference to Vancouver," said
Rick Antonson, president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver. "Not only will
Velo-City generate business for the local tourism industry, it
reinforces Vancouver's reputation as a clean and green travel
destination with exceptional offerings for cyclists."

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Please Oh Please let the conference take place during the last Friday of the month so all the delegates can experiance Critical Mass!

m2c

Considering it happens in roughly 300 cities worldwide, my guess is nobody needs to come to Vancouver to experience a Critical Mass.

Of course, why the actions of a few hundred cyclists somehow ends up being a blunt instrument to wield against the legitimate desires of the tens of thousands of cyclists in the Metro Vancouver region remains one of the enduring mysteries of our time.

One can only imagine the outcry that would ensue if it were suggested that all drivers should accept responsibility for the people who engage in unsociable behaviour while behind the wheel.

Funny you should mention unsociable behaviour behind the wheel; I was at the bus stop this morning and saw amongst the waves of SOV's going downtown a SUV driver who up to the 2nd knuckle in his nostrilwas mining for nuggets . Didn't need to see that first thing in the morning.

Cycling Conference coming here is great news BTW

“The only way we are going to be able to grow the economy and increase the population in Vancouver is to grow walking, cycling and transit,”