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Cycling into the Future Conference

The conference ‘Cycling into the Future 2012 – research and experience’ will be held in Reykjavík on September 21. This year’s conference focuses on research related to cycling as well as cycling promotion efforts made by city councils and others in Iceland.

bicycles_psPhoto by Páll Stefánsson.

Bicycling researchers from the UK and Finland will also speak at the conference. One of the lectures to be presented will be about cycling in cold regions.

The research found that around 30 percent of 15-25 year olds in the Finnish city of Oulu use bicycles all year round, sometimes in temperatures as low as -30ºC (-22°F). By comparison, very few people cycle year-round in Iceland.

Minister for Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr, and University of Reykjavík’s rector Ari Kristinn Jónsson will address the conference.

The conference takes place at Iðnó in downtown Reykjavík on September 21 from 9 am to 4 pm.

In August, the City of Reykjavík and the Icelandic Road Administration signed an agreement on the making of new cycle and walking paths in the metropolitan area. The project is estimated to cost ISK 2 billion (USD 17 million, EUR 13 million).

For more information on the conference, visit the website of the Icelandic Cyclists’ Federation


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