The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and challenged our view of reality. Cycling plays a significant role in driving and maintaining this change beyond the crisis and in achieving our global climate goals. Cycling is the "wind of change” in urban development. It reveals itself in infrastructural re-design, the re-allocation of public space, the development of sharing concepts, ideas for building cities for people, innovative approaches in providing various forms of services to citizens, and in bringing people closer together- with the intention of adapting to a "new normal” and improving the quality of life.
The Velo-city conference is the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) annual flagship event, organized by the ECF together with selected host cities every year in a different city.
Velo-city is the World Cycling Summit serving as a global platform for knowledge exchange and policy transfer.
Since its first edition in 1980, it has played a valuable part in promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport for all. Every year, Velo-city brings together a growing number of more than 1400 participants from over 60 countries who are involved in the policy, promotion and provision for cycling, active mobility and sustainable urban development. The conference exhibition showcases the latest innovations for a better cycling experience in cities and beyond!
Ljubljana is a historical city with a rich culture influenced by the neighbour regions and its unique location surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and not far from the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to its strategic location, Ljubljana has always been part of Central European avant-garde tendencies and an important bridge to the Balkan countries. Today, Ljubljana has become one of the best examples of a city that ventured to close its city centre to cars, dedicating the area to active mobility and creating a great functional and clean shared space for citizens and visitors.
Ljubljana city centre is all about reclaiming public space for people and creating the environment for not only cycling and walking but also for providing safe access for all, including children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities. It is only natural that people are in the centre of our discussion and consequently inclusion, social and technological tools, connectivity, public space, timely policy and regulation are the main themes of Velo-city 2022, Ljubljana.