Bordeaux hosts Immersive Symposia

Author: Laura Schubert

Handshake Future Cycling Capital Bordeaux played host this week to a Handshake delegation from Amsterdam. Consisting of elected officials, technicians and experts, the visitors were invited to provide feedback on the cycling progress made in Bordeaux.

Ranked sixth in the world on the Copenhagenize Index 2019 of Bicycle Friendly Cities, Bordeaux has already made impressive progress towards its goal of becoming a Cycling Capital. In 2021 alone, the city expanded its rental bicycle fleet, created additional bicycle parking and gave cycling and active mobility a starring role during it's European Mobility Week programming

The meeting, dubbed the Bordeaux Immersive Symposia, spanned multiple days - time which was spent both on and off the bicycle! The delegation and their city hosts cycled 12km across the city in order to observe recent developments by Bordeaux Métropole. The group then sat down to discuss specific topics, like infrastructure and bicycle parking, as well as a keen interest to further develop multimodality options (train/bicycle) within the city. Local cycling advocacy groups which were also in attendance at the meeting, such as Vélo-Cité, hope to see greater reduction of the prioritization of cars within the city.

The local news included an interview from the Symposia on their nightly news. Check it out here, at the 15 minute mark (in French only).


Image by: Velo Mondial

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