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Debate and Opening of the Netherlands Cycling Embassy

The afternoon debate took place at the Netherlands Embassy to the EU and was entitled 'Tackling Europe's Mobility Challenges. What Can Cycling Do for European Cities?'



Thursday September 22, 2011



14:30 – 15:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

15:00 – 15:05 Welcome

Sander Cohen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Netherlands Embassy in Brussels

15:05 – 15:30 Keynote Presentation on the economic and social effects of cycling as a form of sustainable mobility

Michael Meschik, Dipl.-Ing.Dr., senior lecturer and researcher, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

15:30 – 16:30 Panel Discussion

An interactive panel discussion with key policy and decision-makers

Moderator: Klaus Bondam, Director of the Danish Cultural Centre in Brussels


Daniela Rosca, Head of Unit: Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility, European Commission
Michael Cramer, Member, European Parliament
Remco Ruiter, Bike Experience
Roelof Wittink, Dutch Cycling Embassy

Bruno De Lille, Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region

Stewart Kellett, British Cycling Recreation Director, British Cycling

16:30 – 16:45 Afternoon Break

16:45 – 17:30 Presentation Case Studies

Moderator: Klaus Bondam, Director of the Danish Cultural Centre in Brussels

Willem Prinsen, Managing Director, TNT
Hans Voerknecht, Co-ordinator, ThinkBike workshop
Irma Juskenaite, Head of Public Relations Division from the Vilnius City Municipality

17:30 – 18:15 Panel Discussion

Erik Oddershede, President, ETRA
Ton Daggers, Owner, International Bicycle Consulting
Peter Staelens, Project Officer Mobility, Eurocities
18:15 - 18:20 Remarks from Joel Mulligan, Representative Danish Cycling Embassy

18:20- 20:00 Official launch of Dutch Cycling Embassy & cocktail reception
Roelof Wittink, Dutch Cycling Embassy



Thursday 22 September, 2011
09.00 to 20.00




Smart2Wheels Exhibition
9.00am to 2:00pm
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
City of Brussels 1047

Smart2Wheels Conference
2.30pm to 8.00pm
Netherlands Embassy
Kortenberglaan 4-10
1040 Brussels

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