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16-17 April 2016 - Athens Bike Weekend

The Athens Bike Weekend is a new cycling event that was launched in Athens during the weekend of 16-17 April 2016. This spring and for two days, the center of Athens lived in the rhythm of cyclists. The Athens Bike Weekend was organized in the heart of the city, on Syntagma Square, and aimed at sensibilizing citizens to the use of bicycles and at accelerating the development of urban cycling in the city. 

Athenians embraced this opportunity on both days. In total more than 15,000 people visited the event to check out the latest proposals of the cycling market or participate in the various cycling activities that were organized on the square. People had the opportunity to try bicycles of different types, including e-bikes. Kids were invited to take a ride and learn the basics about cycling. 

Cyclists were able to get their bikes at the service center.

Women cyclists also had their own corner where they could get valuable information and check out beautiful bikes. 

All visitors enjoyed the flatland show provided by a professional cyclist on the spot, while a few participated in various games to win a prize.

The highlight of the weekend was the 23rd Cycling Tour of Athens on Sunday, attracting thousands of cyclists of all ages that changed for a little while the face of Athens – the city became more human, playful and enjoyable. 

Athens Bike Weekend was organised by the cycling magazine MBike (www.mbike.gr) in collaboration with the Organisation of Culture, Sports and Youth of the City of Athens (www.opanda.gr) with the cooperation of CFC (citiesforcycling.gr) - member of the European Cyclists Federation.

 

24th of April – COCO-MAT cycling tour Athens

The Netherlands Embassy in Athens supports the cycling tour of the Greek company COCO-MAT through Athens on the 24th of April. The Netherlands government supports the tour to promote cycling as an alternative and green way of transportation through the busy streets of Athens. The Ambassador of the Netherlands to Greece H.E. Caspar Veldkamp will be participating in the tour, which will include a stop-over at the Orange Grove, the incubator for Greek and Dutch entrepreneurs of the Netherlands Embassy.

1 -3 June 2016 - European Conference on Mobility Management

The annual European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) will be held in Athens this year. The event is organized by the Municipality of Athens and the Universities of Thessaloniki and Piraeus, together with the European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM). Experts on mobility management from the public and private sector as well as the academic world will hold keynote speeches on Mobility and Transportation. Netherlands Ambassador Veldkamp will attend the opening event of the conference and hold a speech on the mobility priorities of the Netherlands EU-Presidency. He will attend the conference by bike to promote cycling in the city.

16-18 September 2016 – 7th Athens Bike Festival

Since its launching in 2010, the Athens Bike Festival is the main event that highlights the growing cycling culture in the city of Athens.  The objective is to offer visitors the opportunity to see and test the latest bike models, discuss with market experts, experience an alternative lifestyle and discover a new, vibrant culture of cycling. The Athens Bike Festival is organized by the cycling magazine MBike under the auspices of the City of Athens.

Let’s Meet in Athens
Let’s Meet in Athens is a Greek company of a Dutch entrepreneur that was once a start-up of the Orange Grove, the incubator of the Netherlands Embassy in Athens. Let’s Meet in Athens organizes bicycle tours through Athens as well as bicycle trips throughout Greece. This is not only a healthy and environmentally friendly way of travelling, but also a great way of exploring a city.

Links

Athens Bike Weekend:

-        Mbike: http://www.mbike.gr/

-       Organization of Culture, Sport and Youth: https://www.opanda.gr

COCO-MAT tour:

-        COCO-MAT: http://www.coco-mat.com/

-        Orange Grove: http://orangegrove.biz/

ECOMM 2016:

-        http://www.ecomm2016.com/index.php/2016/03/16/eu-presidency-to-be-represented-in-ecomm-2016/

Athens Bike Festival:

-        www.bikefestival.gr

Let’s Meet in Athens:

-        www.meetinathens.eu