Jan Gehl, the world-famous architect and leading voice within people-centred urban planning, will give the opening speech at this year's world cycling summit. Velo-city will take place from 14-17 June 2022 in beautiful Ljubljana.
As an architect, professor and co-founder of Gehl Architects, Gehl's 50-year career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by reorienting city design towards people.
Jan Gehl has extensively researched the use of public space and published his theories and the results of his work in several books. In 1971, he published his influential book, Life Between Buildings, in which he advocates for a sensible, straightforward approach to improving the urban form. Gehl's book, Public Spaces, Public Life describes how Copenhagen transformed from a car-dominated city to a pedestrian-oriented city over 40 years. In 2010 he published the revolutionary book Cities for People focussed on creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale.
Striving to make cities more sustainable, more equitable and healthier, Gehl has been a consultant to major international cities such as London, New York and Moscow.
With this year's main theme Cycling the Change, Velo-city will explore how the humble bicycle can contribute to building cities for people that bring communities closer together. We can't wait to hear Jan Gehl explain how to best develop cities that are full of life, safe, sustainable and healthy.
The programme is now online! With 55 sessions, six plenaries and numerous networking opportunities, the Velo-city 2022 Ljubljana programme is bursting at the seams with fascinating topics centred around the theme of Cycling the Change.
From national cycling strategies to beating bikelash, creative campaigns for more cycling and innovative placemaking practices, this year's Velo-city programme will host a variety of voices from the sustainable mobility scene.
Velo-city, the world cycling summit, is where advocates, cities, decision makers, researchers and industry leaders meet to shape the future of cycling.
As the annual flagship event of the European Cyclists' Federation, Velo-city plays a valuable part in promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport for all. Like no other event, the conference offers a knowledge-exchange and policy-transfer platform to the growing number of more than 1,400 Velo-citizens from over 60 countries involved in the policy, promotion and provision for cycling, active mobility and sustainable urban development. The Velo-city exhibition also serves as a global gathering point, showcasing the latest innovations for a better cycling experience in cities and beyond!