Speakers are sought for international Winter Cycling Congress
International Winter Cycling Congress will be held in Joensuu Finland 5-7 February 2020.
The 8th Winter Cycling Congress searches for inspiring and illustrative presentations. The three conference days include lectures, workshops and an introduction to the Joensuu environment. Around 400 international cycling developers are expected to attend from the public, private and third sectors. The Winter Cycling Congress seeks presentations, speeches and workshops. Proposals for congress program can be submitted through the www.wintercyclingcongress2020.fi website starting on October 1st.
- We welcome experts and everyone interested in winter biking to share their vision and experiences to Joensuu. Through the website professionals, researchers, developers and anyone who cycles can submit proposals for speeches and presentations, says Markku Pyykkönen, the Marketing Director of the City of Joensuu.
Joensuu is one of the most active developers of cycling conditions nationwide
The first congress was held in Oulu Finland in 2013 and 2019 the event took place in Calgary Canada. Winter Cycling Congress brings together developers of year-round cycling around the world to Joensuu Arena. The congress program will also include exploring the rugged landscapes of North Karelia.
- The purpose of the Winter Cycling Congress is to promote everyday cycling and to show that winter cycling is not an extreme sport. Joensuu has good evidence on cycling promotion and maintenance. Also the winter is really snowy in Joensuu, so choosing Joensuu as a host city is a very natural choice, says Timo Perälä, the President of the international Winter Cycling Federation.
One of the most active cyclists in the nation can be found in Joensuu and more people cycle to work year-round than anywhere else in the country. The conference will share experiences from best practices, from everyday cycling to infrastructural maintenance.
- Joensuu aims to be carbon neutral by 2025 and we have good experience in promoting cycling and community engagement. We also want to highlight these issues through the conference, says Markku Pyykkönen, Director of Marketing for the City of Joensuu.
The Winter Cycling Federation with the Joensuu Event Services organizes the congress.
This is Joensuu
Where we are?
Geographically the city of Joensuu extends close to the Russian border, about 70 km from the Joensuu city center. The distance between Joensuu and Finland’s capital city of Helsinki is about 450 km (4,5 hours by train, 1 hour by plane), and the distance from Joensuu to St. Petersburg, home to 5 million people, is under 400 km.
The City of Joensuu is organizing the Winter Cycling Congress in 2020. We are looking forward to see you next year!