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Danish Approaches to Sustainable Mobility: Klaus Bondam, President of the Danish Cycling Federation, inspires local community, cycling community, officials and local politicians in Lisbon.
 

As part of the European Mobility Week, the Danish Embassy in Portugal and Ambassador Michael Suhr, along with the Portuguese cyclist federation FPCUB, invited the top candidates to Lisbon Municipality from the five larger political parties to engage at a dialogue about the future of the bicycle culture in the city. On October 1st 2017, local elections take place in Portugal and mobility are high on the agenda, which led to large press cover of the event. All candidates are aware that the bicycle and its connection with efficient public transport is an integral part of the solution for sustainable mobility.

After the debate a major bicycle race along the Tejo river took place. Over 1,000 attended. Novo Nordisk actively participated strengthening its commitment on promoting healthier cities through the exceptional project Cities Changing Diabetes.

On Monday, the debate continued at a conference with the participation of the city's responsible politicians for Energy and Green Structures, José Sá Fernandes and the Chairman of the Municipal Company responsible for Lisbon’s just launched bike–sharing system and a priority for the office. At the conference, politicians, officials, urban planners and the cycling community in general listened to Klaus Bondam presentation about Danish and Copenhagen experiences and expertise in mobility with bicycles, including about Copenhagen’s bike-sharing system.

Developing efficient cycling infrastructures and investments to be considered were among the topics as Lisbon’s intends to increase the cities cycleway from 60 km to 200 km in the near future (2020). The conference was organized by Lisbon Municipality together with Lisbon’s Energy Agency.

The events ended with Klaus Bondam speech at National Mobility Award ceremony, which aims to recognized projects promoting the use of the bicycle in Portugal. At the ceremony, organized by the Portuguese Cycling Federation FPCUB, were present the State Secretary of Tourism, Ms. Ana Mendes Godinho and the State Secretary of Forestry and Rural Development, Miguel João de Freitas among other Portuguese players in the fields of mobility, transports and environment in Portugal. The evening ended with a networking cocktail.