Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress set to pedal into Brisbane

JAMES JUST

Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress. Source: Sharyn Sewyer

Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress poster. Source: Sharyn Sawyer

The third Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress is set to pedal into Brisbane next week and will focus on the emerging cycling economy and opportunities arising from the pedal-powered community.

More specific items on the congress agenda include cycle tourism, industry innovations, health and safety and new cycling markets.

This year the congress will be held in conjunction with the Bicycle Fringe Festival which will run for in Brisbane over seven days for the first time ever.

Cycle Congress manager Sharyn Sawyer said this years’ event will have a great line-up of presenters and speakers attending from Australia and internationally who may also attend the  Bicycle Fringe Festival.

“The supporting Bicycle Fringe Festival has a diverse range of free community activities starting with a Bicycle Welcome Here Mass Group Ride this Sunday,” she said.

Pedal Co-founding director Mara Quinn said she is organising the group ride through the Brisbane CBD and after party.

“It’s a mass bike ride that’s going through some of the major streets in the CBD where we will be escorted by the Queensland police,” she said.

“We will have DJs throughout the afternoon and a few food trucks, including a couple of speakers from the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress with the aim of gathering together the diverse cycling community of Brisbane.

“We’re all getting together to celebrate and make a statement about how important cycling is for Brisbane’s future and sustainable transport.”

The congress will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 13 -16 in tandem with the Bicycle Fringe Festival running from September 11 – 18.

For more information about the events visit cyclecongress.com.

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