SAVE THE DATE June 21, 2023: EUROBIKE Convention - Smarter Tomorrow
Linking up seamlessly with the National Cycling Congress (NRVK), the second EUROBIKE Convention is turning its attention towards the European level in a bid to secure smarter organisation for the future of the bike and is inviting the various players in the bike sector from business, politics, municipal administration, science and the press to take part in a joint discussion. What role do we want to assume in the discourse around digital solutions for smart cities and industry? What responsibility does the industry bear with respect to climate protection, the green mobility transformation and industrial policy?
The EUROBIKE CONVENTION 2023 will be discussing the major and critical questions facing the industry, which will involve looking beyond national and industry borders in order to work on a smart tomorrow. At the same time, we are aiming to bring together two pillars: smart cities and industry.
Smart today – smarter cities - smarter industry:
1. Smart cities
Navigating, sharing, tracking – a large proportion of mobility options that we use every day are based on digital solutions and data. If our cities are to develop in a secure, forward-looking and integrative manner, there is a need for smart solutions that focus attention on people and their individual mobility needs. Smart cities do this by viewing the urban space as a whole and using data as the basis for planning and organisation as well as for the safety of all road traffic users.
The EUROBIKE Convention takes a look at smart, AI-based solutions for innovative planning, the growing, constantly changing parameters within the cities, political responsibility at national and European level as well as developments that make cycling a form of transport accessible to all.
2. Smart industry
The bike industry is shaped by a powerful, independent group of small and medium-sized enterprises and has mastered the major challenges of recent years on its own. However, sustainable growth in the sector must also receive support through political and institutional measures in order to remain resilient and economically viable. Alongside pure sales figures, additional factors for which the industry itself must bear responsibility will also play a key role here: waste in production and packaging, the use of finite resources and new materials, recycling and supply chain optimisation as well as the ability to reach out to new target groups and establish use of the bicycle for everyday routes.
Comparable European standards are needed if competitiveness and economic viability are to be retained within the field of conflict between politics, administration and development.
The EUROBIKE CONVENTION offers a platform for a transnational exchange on the topic of smart cities and smart solutions. We aim to identify areas of overlap between the various players, extend these commonalities and define shared objectives. Today, the bicycle is already a forward-looking and environmentally friendly means of transport that deserves political attention.
The strength of the sector lies in its future viability and pioneering role in the green transformation of mobility. Adopting a non-ideological and cross-party approach, we aim to promote the bicycle as a healthy and progressive means of transport and persuade more people to use bicycles.
In 2022 the EUROBIKE Convention - Designing the future of moblity has discussed the following thematic blocks:
1. Planning and designing the city of tomorrow.
A bicycle-friendly city requires a massive transformation of our current infrastructure. For this, new planning and design approaches are needed, both for short-term rapid implementation and for long transformation processes. How can the cycling industry support cities in the design of tomorrow? What do real-time collaborative projects for the city of the future look like?
2. Mobility at work.
Corporate mobility is understood to be both work-related mobility, logistics and customer or visitor transport, as well as the way to work. In order to make corporate mobility more sustainable, the synergies between companies and municipalities can be used to discuss issues of infrastructure, services, communication and culture. Only in this way can corporate mobility become a catalyst for the change in mobility.
3. Interfaces of local mobility.
The different transport modes of local mobility need to be better linked with each other - both in the digital and in the physical environment. How can the actors involved improve their networking in order to better shape their mobility promise for users and cities? What do collaborative real-world labs look like for the interfaces of local mobility, in terms of digitalisation and infrastructure?
In new formats, we want to bring together the different target groups. From research to bicycle companies. From politics to process design. From IT to infrastructure.