Velo-city 2019 heads to Dublin

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) will host the Velo-city conference series in June 2019, the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) annual cycling summit.

Velo-city: Dublin wins bid for 2019 summit
Velo-city: Dublin wins bid for 2019 summit

Dublin beat Helsinki to win its bid to host the event, with the CCD working with conference ambassadors Dublin Cycling Campaign to bring the conference to Dublin, supported by Dublin City Council, Abbey Conference & Events and Dublin Convention Bureau.

The bid was led by Dublin City Council with an intensive site visit taking place in both Dublin and Helsinki, with Dublin coming out on top. The event is expected to attract 2,000 international participants and generate over €3 million for the Irish economy.

Marcio Deslandes, Velo-city series director, said: "Dublin is a great example of a city moving towards a more livable, safe and active environment for its citizens.

Bernhard Ensink, ECF secretary general, added: "We are excited to bring participants from all continents to Dublin. Velo-city 2019 will offer a great opportunity for sharing the experience, knowledge and expertise about the promotion of cycling worldwide." 

Dublin previously hosted Velo-city in 2005 and is the first city in the world to be awarded the conference twice. Hosting Velo-city in 2005 proved a catalyst for cycling growth in the city with the number of cyclists increasing by 150% since then. 

Paul Carnell, sales director of The CCD said: "We are delighted to have been chosen to host the European Cyclists’ Federation’s Annual Global Cycling Summit in 2019. The CCD is one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly venues and we constantly strive towards on-going improvement in our business practices. We are excited to be involved in this event, which fits so well with our commitment to long-term sustainability."

Dublin’s theme for Velo-City 2019 is ‘Cycling for the Ages’, which will encourage cycling by people of all ages, young and old, male and female and to promote the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of cycling. The theme will also show the evolution of cycling in Dublin through the ages and into the future. 

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