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Ghent becomes the first Belgian city to host the World Cycling Summit since Brussels in 2009.

In June 2024, Ghent will be the host city for the four-day international cycling conference Velo-city. The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) chose Ghent 'because of its impressive commitment to cyclists'. Velo-city attracts more than 1.400 participants from more than 60 countries.

The Velo-city bicycle conference, the flagship of the European Cyclists' Federation, is a global platform where governments, policymakers, academics and industrial leaders meet and exchange knowledge and ideas that should shape the future of the bicycle. The conference first took place in 1980 and visits a different metropolis every year, from Rio de Janeiro to Taipei. This year it will be Ljubljana, next year Leipzig, and in June 2024 it will be Ghent's turn.
 
Ghent will be the first Belgian city to host the World Cycling Summit since Brussels in 2009. The event will bring together the business community, governments and research and education sectors under the theme Connecting Through Cycling† More than 1.400 delegates from more than 60 countries are expected and there will be more than 250 speakers.

The exact locations and dates for Velo-city 2024 will be announced at a later date. It is a joint organization of ECF, the Flemish government, the province of East Flanders, Mobility East Flanders, the cities of Ghent, Kortrijk and Deinze, the Office Convention Bureau Ghent Congres, the Fietsersbond, the Fietsambassade and Fietsberaad Vlaanderen.

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Velo-city attracts more than 1.400 participants from more than 60 countries

One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Bike Parade on Wednesday, June 19, where participants can enjoy an atmospheric bike ride of approximately 10 kilometers through the heart of Ghent. This festive bike parade starts at 19.00 p.m. from 't Kuipke in the Citadel Park and takes cyclists past some of the city's most picturesque locations, such as the Louisa d'Havé Bridge, the B401 highway, Portus Ganda, and the Old Docks. The course has a mix of flat and some inclined sections, ideal for a relaxing ride that is accessible to all ages and levels.

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Participants in the Bike Parade will not only experience the city in a unique way, but will also be able to enjoy various street entertainment. Organizations such as Cirq and 123-piano provide lively stopovers, while G-sport and De Fietsambassade emphasize the importance of inclusive cycling. The event culminates on the Vrijdagmarkt, where the après cycling party will take place from 20.00 p.m. with live music, which will keep the participants in the party mood for a long time.

The Velo festival, and in particular the Bike Parade, is not only a celebration of cycling culture in Ghent, but also part of a larger international event. Velo-city, the world cycling conference that previously visited cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Taipei and Lisbon, has chosen Ghent as its host city this year. This offers a wonderful opportunity for local and international visitors to experience the dynamism and cycling friendliness of Ghent.

This event not only highlights cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation, but also as a means of community building and social inclusion. By coming together, cycling and partying, the Bike Parade strengthens community bonds and promotes an active lifestyle. With snacks and drinks available from various stalls along the route, this evening promises to be both a sporty and fun affair.

With its rich program and inclusive nature, the Velo Festival attracts a wide audience, from avid cyclists to families looking for a unique way to spend time together. Ghent transforms into a true cycling metropolis in June, with the Velo festival an unmissable event for anyone who wants to explore the city on two wheels.

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