Glasgow to host 2022 UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum

Glasgow to host 2022 UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced that Glasgow will host the 2022 UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum from 27-28 October.

It will be the fourth edition of the UCI Mobility & Bike City Forum after successful editions in Milan in 2018, Paris in 2019, and Odense (Denmark) in 2021.

The UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum is the UCI’s annual conference dedicated to the promotion of sustainable and active mobility. The event brings together the transportation and cycling communities, alongside representatives from UCI's Bike City and Region network, National Federations, Continental Confederations, UCI advocacy and marketing partners, and industry experts.

This year's edition will take place at the University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre and will be hosted in collaboration with Glasgow Life. The Forum will once again bring together cycling leaders from around the world for a packed programme looking at the future of mobility.

Glasgow and locations across Scotland will host the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships from 3-13 August 2023. The city has a proud history of delivering world-class events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games; inaugural 2018 European Championships; and most recently the world’s largest climate summit, COP26.

Glasgow has an ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and its new Active Travel Strategy, and Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, are amongst a number of transport related strategies which aim to transform the city's streets through positive community engagement, into safe, attractive and welcoming environments, with the inclusion of measures to encourage active travel as the preferred choice of transport.

UCI President David Lappartient declared:

“We are delighted to organise the fourth edition of the UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum in Glasgow. This is particularly fitting, as in less than 18 months’ time our inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will be held in the city and across Scotland. Glasgow received the UCI Bike City Label in 2019 in recognition of its plans and actions to truly embed cycling into the lives of the city’s population. As well as providing an opportunity to exchange ideas, the Forum will enable participants to see first-hand some of the city’s initiatives as part of its active transport agenda.”

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, said:

“On the back of Glasgow being awarded UCI Bike City status in 2019, we are delighted that the UCI has confirmed that the city will now host their Mobility and Bike City Forum in October this year.

“This is a hugely welcome addition to our vibrant conference and events calendar, which is making an important resurgence following the pandemic, and we look forward to welcoming hundreds of international delegates to Glasgow, recognised as one of the world’s top five Ultimate Sports Cities.

“Just over 100 days since Glasgow hosted COP26, this announcement will see us continue on our commitments to promote cycling as a way to combat climate change. The UCI Mobility & Bike City Forum will further develop and highlight our ambition to increase the number of citizens taking up cycling for sport, recreation and travel. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with the UCI on the planning of the Forum and of course towards welcoming the world for the inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships the following year.”

The UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum is organised as part of the UCI's strategic commitment to develop cycling across the world as a sport and sustainable transport mode. More information regarding content and speakers will be published by the UCI in the coming weeks. Visit the UCI website.