World Bike Forum 2017 comes to Mexico City
Mexico City will host the Sixth Edition of the World Bike Forum 2017 (FMB6). It is the event that specializes in exchanging ideas of sustainable mobility in the world, and in addition to promoting the culture of cycling, seeks to promote an improvement of public spaces for all, including pedestrians and motorists, to move safely.
Mexico City was awarded host last year, beating out bids from Russia, Brazil and Peru. The event will be held in the capital city from April 19 – 23, under the motto ‘Handmade Cities”, believing that handmade work is meticulous work, full of heart. The forum imagines cities designed with this same passion and dedication.
According organizers, they are expecting a participation of approximately 15,000 people from different parts of Mexico, Latin America and the world.
During the five days of the event, master lectures, panels, workshops, urban interventions and international artistic presentations will be held in various spaces of the Historic Center of Mexico City, as well as in Ciudad Universitaria and the Xochimilco delegation.
Conferences and workshops will be conducted by experts from 13 different countries. Among them are, for example, Janette Sadik-Khan of the United States, one of the most experienced specialists in mobility and urbanism in the world, former Secretary of Transportation of New York, and author of the book Manual of the Urban Revolution.
There are different activities planned for the FMB6, there is a bicycle competition among other competitions.
There are plans for murals, arts exhibitions, stage performances and concerts.
In addition, as part of the activities parallel to the forum, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will host the exhibition “Las Bicicletas”, made up of 50 sculptures by Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro.
In collaboration with the Government of Mexico City, organizers are preparing cycling routes and other street activities at popular sites of the capital.
The opening of the forum will coincide with the arrival of 50 cyclists who are traveling on their bicycles from South America. Some have already started their tours from Argentina and Ecuador. The welcome event will be held in Ciudad Universitaria.
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