Learn more about BikingToronto and Singer Kwinter

Quotes from Velo-City, Part One

From June 26 to 29, Vancouver B.C. hosted Velo-City, the world’s premier international cycling planning conference. The event offered delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities, where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.

This post is the first of 4 written by Meg Orlinski of the Deadly Nightshades, who captured “Notable Quotables” while there, and is sharing them with BikingToronto readers as well as Treadlie, the Australian cycling magazine.

—————————————————————————————————————————————–

Last week Velo-City 2012 took over the beautiful streets of Vancouver, and the future streets of the world. This intern ational cycling conference successfully brought over 750 delegates from 40 various countries to talk about the role cycling will play in the planning of our cities as our world population grows exponentially. The positive effects of cycling in a healthy future are well know; benefits to health, reduced traffic congestion, economic savings, livable streets, better living… but how do we get there? These experts came together to present research, gain feedback, run workshop and ‘charge their batteries’ with a diverse collection of colleagues.

The Deadly Nightshades’ Meg Orlinski attended some of the plenary seminars and was fortunate to listen to some of the best bike minds in the world share their experience, knowledge and passion on getting the world to bike.

Here is series of quotes based on plenary sessions to inspire and motivate. They can be used as a starting point for research, and can help you to create more bike-friendly streets in your own neighbourhood. Follow the links to learn more about the speakers, their work, and the cities they make more livable for us to ride in.

 

Photo courtesy of the ECF. From the right: Paul Dragon, Richard Campbell, Gregory Robertson, Manfred Neun.

 

Part 1- Opening Ceremony, Keynote on Leadership, and Diversity and Empowerment.

Paul Dragon- Velo-City 2012 Conference Chair, owner of Reckless Bikes

“To make a city more inclusive, it’s about infrastructure and culture. Changing culture is more of a challenge.”

“Public bike systems are a visible part of changing bike culture.”

Manfred Neun– President of the European Cyclist Federation

“Cycling is a tool and a symbol of sustainable behaviour.”

“Transportation is not sexy- no one goes into politics to be a transportation minister.”

“We need not produce on going long list of the benefit of cycling- we need concepts! [Like 8-80 Cities.]”

Nancy Olewiller, Board Chair of Translink

“We have a real problem with bike theft- as most of your cities do… To make it safe, to make people feel safe about their bike, that is a real challenge.”

“Do we have far to go? Yes we do. But we have to keep celebrating our progress.”

“We need to challenge all level of governments. Our federal government thinks the only energy comes from fossil fuels. We got the best energy source right here.” (Shows strong legs and arms to cheers from the crowd.)

Alain Ayotte, President of Public Bike System Company

“It’s a snowball effect- the more people use bikes, the more people want to use it.”

“We come from the Montreal parking authority, who would of thought that a company that parks cars would come up with a public bike system?”

“We need to come up with imaginative ideas on how we move people in our cities.”

Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities

“Today I want to talk to you about democracy, sustainability and human rights.”

“[Biking] it’s not a joke, it’s not frivolity…It’s the only mode of mobility for 70% of the population in developing countries.”

“It has to be great for the 8 year olds and the 80 year olds. We need to stop making cities only for people who are 30 and athletic!”

“Building more roads to improve congestion, it’s like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.”

“Why is it that we know so much about what makes animals happy and so little about what makes people happy? If not, we’d be making cities differently.”

“It’s not about money- it’s about having the political guts and will to do it. It’s about being BOLD. Bloomberg and Sadik-Khan have opened our eyes to the possibilities of cities in North America.”

“Doing infrastructure right: It has to be a grid, it has to be interconnected, it has to be safe. Don’t even bother with sharrows! Focus on lowering the speed, and connecting bike-ways.”

“This week at Velo-City we have to recharge our batteries- next week we have to go back and ride our talk!”

Dr. Gabriel Lagos – Director of Sustainability, Casas GEO

“We did many studies in Mexico- what do people like in a house? One, trying to improve your quality of life, and two, added value.”

“Most of our customers will never be able to travel more then 200 km from their home.”

“So we will stop selling houses- we will start selling communities.”

“Improving public space and non-motorized mobility will improve the quality of life and therefore improve your houses.”

“You know more about yourself then anybody. The only person you can change is
yourself.”

Wan-Su Park, Mayor of Changwong, Korea. Host of the 2011 Eco-Mobility Conference.

“I endeavored to make Changwong a sustainable city in two ways: pro enterprise campaign, and green capital projects.”

“To be a leader, and to practice what I preach, for the past two years I have commuted by bicycle. First declared “for show” by media, after 6 months turned into a sport! Media now calls me Bicycle Master.”

How?
• Find and improve irrational laws and regulations.
• Cyclist first traffic policy set forth.
• Start various cycling education.
• Bicycle related groups and NGO’s are supported.
• Start cycling events.
• Public participation events launched. (Photo contests, etc.)

NUBIJA (Public bicycle service of Changwon city in Korea) song:

 

Suzanne Lareau – Velo-Quebec

We have a few principals: 1) Bicycles are fun! We are not here to preach. 2) Bicycles are for anyone. 3) Infrastructure is key! 4) Take opportunities!

“We want results- we work to get it.”

“When you realize projects, you need money. When you own a house, it’s different [having equity]. So we changed our rapport with our bank. [By purchasing a building.]”

“We have to work with the perception ‘winter is not a barrier.’”

 

Dr. Hanz Micheal Kloth- Secretary General of the International Transport Forum

“We are the only transportation NGO, a think tank for OECD members.”

“Cycling can provide good economic savings for austerity; this is something politicians like to hone in on.”

“It’s hard for activists to press their politicians – because the benefit is not immediately there.”

“The goal is to make policy that empowers people and not vehicles.”

“I am sure that you are the ones that can bring a lot of innovative ideas to this situation…

You will interest ministers of finance and ministers of health.”

 





RECENTLY ON BIKING TORONTO:

Sangyal-helps-rebuild-bikes-at-Bike-Pirates-c-Siva-Vijenthira-600x800

EVENT: Sat, July 4 – Bike Pirates celebrates their 9th Birthday

Please join us this Saturday, JULY 4TH, for some fun, food, and high fives. We couldn’t have made it to 9 years without the support of this community!We will be outside the shop for part of the afternoon saying hello to our new Parkdale neighbours, so come by to see the shop in action, have […]

11355710_693219640806386_1704726468_n

INSTAGRAM: More Bells on Danforth

Bells on #Danforth! Looking east from Pape. #Danforthlovesbikes Danforth Loves Bikes! Follow BikingToronto on instagram! @bikingtoronto

bike-share-toronto.jpg.size_.xxlarge.letterbox

NEWS: Nearby bikeshare station may raise your home’s value

Having a bike share station outside your front door might do more than give you a convenient way to ride to work — it might also boost the value of your home. According to a new study from McGill University, residential units in Montreal are worth more if they’re close to a Bixi station, Montreal’s […]

fatal-accident-closed-dufferin-st-in-vaughan-150629victor-biro1.jpg.size_.xxlarge.letterbox

NEWS: Cyclist dead following 2-vehicle collision on Dufferin St.

The cyclist wasn’t on the road (standing on sidewalk), but car struck a hydro pole, which then killed them. Awful. A cyclist has been confirmed dead by York Regional Police following a vehicle collision on Dufferin St. north of Steeles Ave. on Monday evening. Two cyclists were on the sidewalk corner of Dufferin St. and […]

IMG_20150629_180949510_HDR

OH YEAH! The Viaduct bikelanes get MORE green paint!

Well, I don’t know what’s going on.  This is a level of paying attention to cycling infrastructure on the Bloor Viaduct that, quite frankly, I thought I’d never see (and it pissed me off, often). But now, after the green paint that was laid down late last week in the bikelane, there is now MORE […]

please2015-06-28-18.16.41

FACEPALM: City closes Hoskin bikelane for PanAm Games

What’s a great idea?  Closing down one of the busiest bikelanes in the city and not providing a detour that’s safe for cyclists (and pedestrians) because of the “short distance of the inconvenience”. A sign erected on June 25 indicates the closure of the Hoskin bike lane for two months during the Pan Am Games. […]

11378773_1438257236482258_1995756473_n

INSTAGRAM: Bells on Danforth

Dipping into the instagram archives for this great pic from Bells on Danforth. Biking the viaduct and #thedanny with hundreds of people! #Danforthlovesbikes #biketoFollow BikingToronto on instagram! @bikingtoronto

2014CityBike-INTRO-KatieAaron-Opus-Photo-David-Niddrie-1632-testcrop2

OH YEAH: Easy Bikes – A New Name for Upright Bikes?

Interesting article from Momentum Mag from earlier this month: Did the Wall Street Journal just rename the most accessible, useful, and comfortable of all bicycle styles? Upright bicycles, sometimes referred to by Momentum Mag as city bikes, are hands down the best style of bicycle for daily use. A relaxed frame geometry and swept-back handlebars combine to […]

19135652672_f5254c9d6f_b

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Aquila

Source: Original photo – by uncomman on Flickr. I feel like this woman is a hardened cyclist in Toronto despite her delicate look. Helmet, water, bike lock and music ready to go. Compact commuter pack with carabiner all set. Swagger on two wheels, check plus. via Flickr. See this and 7,000+ other amazing bike photos […]

qq

INFRASTRUCTURE: Waterfront Toronto wants your feedback on the new Queen’s Quay

  Waterfront Toronto is asking for feedback about the new Queen’s Quay… but they’ve buried the feedback link down at the bottom of that link.  I’ve pulled out the relevant section for you below, but check out their page for more information. How to submit your feedback on Queen’s Quay Fill out this online form […]

Recommended Lights

"Frog" Lights

Planet Bike Light Combo

Planet Bike 5 LED Tail Light
Recommended Books
See More Books