Bradford to host European cycling conference

In May 2017, Bradford will be Europe’s Cycle City Active City, hosting the continent’s largest cycling and active travel conference and exhibition.

The event will be hosted by Bradford Council at iconic city venues, including the Alhambra, the National Media Museum and City Park and will bring together hundreds of people from across Britain and Europe who are working to encourage cycling and active lifestyles for all.

Presentations from high-profile individuals with expertise and influence in active travel policy, infrastructure design and delivery, behaviour change marketing, public health campaigns and evidence, place-making inspiration and examples will focus on main themes, such as the Economic Contribution of Cycling, Place-making and Diversity and Inclusion.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Chair said:

“Hosting Cycle City Active City in Bradford will be a great opportunity to showcase how we are supporting economic growth and job creation by developing a modern, integrated transport network for the City Region, with cycling and walking as key elements.

Delegates from across Europe will be able to visit the 14km Cycle Superhighway connecting Braford and Leeds city centres, the first of its kind outside London, and hear what we are doing to develop cycling and active travel to address issues such as poor health and low air quality.

It will also be an opportunity for us to learn from our colleagues about similarly innovative schemes across Britain and Europe.”

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment Sport and Culture, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting the Cycle City Active City in Bradford. 2017 is going to be an exciting year for Bradford in terms of cycling with key events being; Stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire starting in Bradford city centre and going through the district, the Women in Cycling Conference and now this conference and exhibition. We already regularly host the cyclo-cross championships in one of our parks and our district provides fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get on their bikes.”

Landor’s Managing Director, Rod Fletcher, said:

“We are excited to be bringing Cycle City Active City to Bradford. You can sense the city is finding a new way forward. This is a particularly interesting time for our nation and international delegates to visit the city”