Third World Bicycle Forum to be held in Medellín in February


In February 2011, a man who grew impatient waiting for a passing Critical Mass ride in Porto Alegre, Brazil, sped his car into the crowd of cyclists, injuring more than 30 people, several of them severely. It was even captured in a (graphic) video. A year later, cycling advocacy leaders from around the world gathered in Porto Alegre to memorialize the anniversary of the attack and push forward an agenda to create safer streets for all users in all cities.

After a one-year hiatus, the third Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta (World Bicycle Forum) will be held in Medellín, Columbia, from February 26 to March 1. Attendance and participation is open to anyone. The theme for 2015 is “Ciudades para Todos – Cities for All,” an agenda that goes beyond just bicycling and includes safe, sustainable mobility for citizens of all the world’s cities. By creating a unified voice to lobby against the motorized transportation networks given favorable treatment, the Forum hopes to inspired local, regional and national authorities to reimagine how people get from A to B.

Scheduled to appear are a who’s-who of international cycling advocates, including Lotte Bech of the Danish Cycling Embassy; Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Columbia; and Janette Sadik-Khan, the former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.

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