This international conference is taking place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 5-10 March 2006, and coincides with the world’s largest timed cycling event – the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour.
The theme of Velo Mondial 2006 is "Towards Prosperity" and the conference will address transportrelated issues in both rural and urban areas; how the bicycle can be incorporated into transport development planning; and will investigate ways in which bicycle-related initiatives can improve lives in communities around the world.
The objective of a Velo Mondial conference is to bring together knowledge, experience and vision to promote the use of the bicycle and bicycle-friendly policies on all continents, and to contribute to the advancement of this healthy, enjoyable and sustainable mode of transport. The two previous Velo Mondial conferences were held in Montreal (1992) and Amsterdam (2000). These conferences
formulated plans for the implementation of healthier and more sustainable transport systems worldwide, and evaluated the impact of motorised transport globally over the last century.
Velo Mondial 2006 will incorporate two styles of conferencing to promote dialogue and interaction: traditional Plenary Sessions will provide a forum for the sharing of broad progress, addressing key issues, and evaluating the implementation of international best practice. The Marketplace Sessions are a new format promising a vibrant and interactive alternative to traditional conference workshops
and poster presentations.