After Vienna (2013), Adelaide (2014) and before Taipei 2016, Nantes Métropole was chosen by ECF (European Cyclists' Federation) to host the Velo-city 2015 conference series. La Cité Nantes Events Center is producing the event.
Created 30 years ago, Velo-city was born of a vision by ECF whose aim is to bring together
associations and organisations involved in the promotion of cycling in Europe and across the world.
The Velo-city conferences promote the integration of urban cycling in public policies - transport
planning, regional planning, public health, education, environment, economy, energy and citizenship.
"What we liked in Nantes’ bid and what really convinced us, was its overall approach to mobility.
Thanks to a variety of modes of transport and urban improvement, the city’s urban space has been
made accessible for everyone. The new « Cours des 50 Otages », a major arterial route in the city
centre, is a perfect illustration of how its urban space is shared by all types of road users. And as
numerous studies show, more cycling is strongly linked to a higher quality of life."
Manfred Neun, President, European Cyclists’ Federation
Ranking 5th among the world's most "bike-friendly" cities and named European Green Capital 2013, Nantes produced the 10th ECOCITY World Summit on Sustainable Cities in 2013, for the first time in Europe. Situated at the crossroads of Eurovelo 6 and 1, two major cycling routes, it was natural for Nantes to host Velo-city 2015, a further step in its commitment to transition.
The conference will bring together over 1,500 delegates coming from all continents, 80 international exhibitors and nearly 100 journalists, during the four days of the event.
Over 750 contributions were collected from 58 countries. The rich programme features 11 plenary sessions, 7 TV shows and 45 theme-based sessions.
Cycling events are scheduled throughout the conference. They will gather the Nantes population around the bicycle with two major events: the "Velo Parade" on 3 June and the "Cyclo Village " from 3 to 7 June.