With the recognition of sustainable living and a healthy lifestyle, bicycle uptake continues to increase, yet work remains to make it even more appealing. The National Cycling Congress, organised by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport and the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, Germany’s flagship cycling trade congress, takes place in Hesse on June 20 and 21, a month that stages another key bicycle event, the 31st Eurobike, which runs from June 21 to 25.
The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport and the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing have endeavoured to make two June events work in tandem. Federal Minister Volker Wissing states: “Next year we are going to combine two major dates for the cycling community in Germany and therefore create more and better opportunities for an exchange between professionals, cycling enthusiasts and policymakers. My goal is to have us all pulling together at our National Cycling Congress to make it easier for people to choose sustainable modes of transport. This includes systematically closing gaps in the cycling network and improving the relationship between bicycles and other vehicles. Since Eurobike follows right after, I’m hoping for plenty of input for digital and innovative solutions. I’m looking forward to a successful event in Frankfurt.”
Hessian Minister of Transport Tarek Al-Wazir adds: “We’re delighted that in June 2023 Hesse will be a focal point for cycling thanks to the National Cycling Congress and Eurobike. For years, we’ve been working not only on making cycling safer. We’ve also been bolstering the role of the bicycle as an everyday means of transport and improving the overall cycle infrastructure. We’ve been investing record sums of money every year to make this happen. The trade events next year will give us the opportunity to showcase Hesse as the perfect place for cycling and to learn from each other by sharing ideas with experts, cyclists, associations, companies in the bicycle industry and policymakers.”
The National Cycling Congress in Messe, Frankfurt, will feature insights from industry experts and clubs and associations. Planning, policy, business, challenges and visions for the future of cycling will be debated, allowing federal government, state governments and municipalities to share ideas on innovative solutions that make cycling more appealing. Last year, over 2,800 experts attended the virtual events, so 2023 is set to be particularly encompassing.
Following the event, bicycle industry enthusiasts and organisations will attend the Eurobike trade fair. Stefan Reisinger, fairnamic managing director and head of Eurobike commented, “We’re delighted that Eurobike’s new Frankfurt edition will continue to live up to the fair’s claim of strengthening political positioning as it is scheduled to coincide with the National Cycling Congress both in terms of time and location,” further adding, “The bicycle industry brings together policymakers and scientists at Eurobike, the epicentre of innovation and development of the bicycle sector. The good thing is that Eurobike will now take place well before the main holiday season in most countries, which puts it in an even better position to establish itself as the leading international meeting place for the bicycle and future mobility industry.”
The 8th National Cycling Congress is organised by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), in cooperation with the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing. Originally founded in 2009 by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, the congress is a biennial event, and is attended by government agencies, private companies, and associations, as well as individuals involved with cycling, transport and mobility or in issues associated closely with cycling.
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