ExtraEnergy spoke to Nicolas Urien (Project Director Cycling for Growth Initiative) at IAA 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. EnergyBus is a member of the CIC (Cycling Industry Club) from ECF (European Cyclists' Federation). Things have changed in the right direction. ECF exhibiting at IAA would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
An interview with Nicolas Urien (Project Director Cycling for Growth Initiative) at the New Mobility World at the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars, conducted by Angela Budde (Editor, ExtraEnergy.org).
Angela: What is the goal of the Cycling for Growth Initiative?
Nicolas: Cycling for Growth Initiative is a leading joint project between ECF (European Cyclists’ Federation) and CONEBI (Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry). The goal of the project is to extend the influence of the bike industry in Europe and to put strongly cycling into the EU industrial agenda. We are convinced that cycling has a major role to play in supporting growth and jobs creation in Europe. And, to do so, it is key that we create the conditions to unlock billions further in European public expenditure on cycling and e-cycling.
Angela: Why are you exhibiting at the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars?
Nicolas: To spread the word: cycling is good for growth and jobs in Europe! EnergysBus is a member of ECF's Cycling Industry Club (which comprises bike companies that want to extend their influence in Europe) and we are delighted to promote together cycling, e-bikes and pedelecs here at the world's largest motorway.
Angela: What do you think about the New Mobility World?
Nicolas: We welcome such initiative to think about the transport of tomorrow. It is clear that the latter will be sustainable and connected. And let me assure you that cycling will take its share to reveals new intermodal perspectives for a sustainable and efficient transportation system. Our presence here is a proof that things have changed in the right direction: this would have been unthinkable a few years ago. We look forward to repeat such experience next year in Paris!
Text and picture: Angela Budde
24 September 2015