Velo-city 2017: wrap up and aftermovie!
Dear participants, dear cyclists’ from all around the world,
Velo-city 2017: the Global Cycling Summit, ended with a big bang on Friday June 16th with the VeloFest party at Sonsbeek Park. Since Rio de Janeiro will be your next host to organize Velo-city in 2018, this is our last testimony as an organisation. The organisation consisted of members of the ECF, the Province of Gelderland and the organising cities Arnhem and Nijmegen.
In the aftermath of Velo-city 2017 in the region of Arnhem-Nijmegen, in which we were able to process all the information, we were overwhelmed by gratitude. Gratitude for being able to fulfil our small role during these days. As the French say ‘Noblesse oblige’ as bicycle country # 1. Being hosts also meant that in one way or another we eventually had to say goodbye. This goodbye might compare to when a child leaves your home, which evokes mixed feelings. But when 1,500 of your children leave more or less at the same time, these mixed emotions are hardly bearable. However, we find some consolation in the fact that this means that your presence, your knowledge, insights, wisdom and above all your inspiration, friendship and smiles mattered deeply to us. Aside from the movies, pictures, social media posts we consider this to be the most precious gift you could give us.
We thank you for that.
To summarize the past week read our conference wrap up (PDF) and watch our aftermovie below: