International Cycling Conference – shaping the future of active mobility

19–21 September 2017, Mannheim, Germany

The International Cycling Conference (ICC) is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the invention of the draisine – the ancestor of the modern bicycle – in Mannheim, Germany. It will gather 300 researchers, practitioners, political representatives, public health specialists, designers, architects, civil society representatives and bicycle activists from around the world. Together they will contribute to shaping the future of active mobility under the theme “Bridging the gap between research and practice”.

The 3-day event takes place during European Mobility Week. It will focus on synergies in transport planning, health effects, environmental quality, economic and business development, social issues, and the transfer of knowledge and experience from research to practice and vice versa.

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is organizing the ICC in partnership with the European Union-funded Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA) project, the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), the City of Mannheim, the European Cyclists Federation, the German Institute of Urban Affairs and the German Society for International Cooperation.

On the second day of the conference, the PASTA project, of which WHO/Europe is a partner, will hold its final conference, unveiling the results of a 4-year journey. On the last day, THE PEP, jointly managed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and WHO/Europe, will provide policy-makers with an opportunity to bridge the gap between science and policy by facilitating interactions among scientists, practitioners and policy-makers.

THE PEP will also present key results of research conducted under the PASTA project. This will include a demonstration of new modules of the WHO Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for cycling and walking. HEAT is a user-friendly online tool for quantifying the economic value of reduced mortality from active mobility. It now also takes into account the effects of reductions in injuries, air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases.

In addition, THE PEP will promote a discussion on pan-European policy developments in the area of cycling, highlighting advances in the development of the pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion. The Master Plan is expected to be launched at the 5th High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and the Environment in Vienna, Austria, in 2019.