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Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Cycling Congress

Brisbane’s capital city, Brisbane, will have the honor of hosting the inaugural Asia Pacific Cycling Conference over the next three years (2024-2026), the Brisbane Economic Development Authority (BEDA) has revealed.

The conference, organized by Cycling Australia, will be held over two days from April 11-13 during the 2024 Brisbane Cycling Festival (BCF). Expected to be attended by 300 delegates from a diverse range of sectors including the cycling community, industry, academia and government, the conference is designed to foster collaboration and debate the future of cycling in the Asia-Pacific region.

Brisbane to host inaugural Asia Pacific Cycling Congress

Supported by the Brisbane Economic and Environmental Development Association (BEDA), the BEDA is expected to deliver significant economic benefits to Brisbane during its three-year tenure. Mayor Adrian Schrinner expressed his enthusiasm, highlighting Brisbane’s ability to host events and maximize economic opportunities.

“Brisbane is a hub for active and healthy lifestyles, which coincides with the purpose of hosting the Asia Pacific Cycling Congress and Brisbane Bike Festival,” Mayor Schrinner said. This fusion makes Brisbane a premier destination for cycling tourism, especially in the lead up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Marne Fechner, CEO of Cycling Australia, emphasized the importance of discussing the contribution of cycling to Australia’s cities, towns and regions, especially as nearly four million Australians travel by bicycle every week. The conference will provide a platform for thought leaders to exchange ideas and expertise to address key issues in the cycling community.

Distinguished speakers at the inaugural conference include Brent Toderian from Canada, who is renowned in the field of urban planning and design; John MacAurthur from Portland State University in the US; and Nick Morris, an Australian Paralympian who advocates for accessibility and universal design. Nick Morris.) Nick Morris.

Brisbane’s commitment to sustainability is exemplified by the fact that it is the only Australian city to have been awarded the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cities Global Initiative Gold Award. The city’s transport plan prioritizes sustainable active transport to reduce environmental impacts and improve the health and well-being of residents.

As Brisbane prepares to host this groundbreaking conference, it reaffirms Brisbane’s position as a global leader in promoting cycling, sustainability and active living.

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