THE European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has launched the World Cycling Alliance (WCA) at Velo-city Global 2014 in Adelaide, South Australia today.
The WCA will be an international network aimed at promoting the advantages of cycling in global sustainability to major institutions such as the United Nations, World Bank and World Health Organisation.
ECF president Manfred Neun thanked the supporters of the initiative.
“I am excited and encouraged by the reaction of our cycling colleagues around the globe to the launch of the World Cycling Alliance. Together we are stronger,” he said.
“ECF started addressing global issues for many years at our Velo-city Global Conferences and with our international networks for cities and academics. We know now that there is both a huge demand and a huge need for cycling across the world and the World Cycling Alliance is a critical step for getting our message to international decision-makers.”
WCA will also support a worldwide exchange of knowledge and expertise between cycling associations.
Members have already been announced from Australia, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, and India and further appointments are anticipated.
The WCA steering board members are:
- Christian Haag, Bike SA, Australia
- D V Manohar, Hyderabad Bicycling Club ,India
- Jean-François Pronovost, Vélo Quebec, Canada
- Manfred Neun, ECF president
- Marijke van Haaren, Fietsersbond, the Netherlands
- Thongchai Panswad, Thailand Cycling Club, Thailand
- Tim Blumenthal, PeopleForBike, USA
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Velo-city Global Adelaide 2014 delegates launch the World Cycling Alliance at the Adelaide Town Hall in South Australia.