E-bikes featured more prominently at the cycle fair Bike Brno held from 5 to 8 November 2009 in Brünn. At the same time, Bike Brno became more prominent in the outdoor quartet of fairs (Bike Brno, Sport Life, Boat Brno and Caravaning Brno) which all took place at the same time in Brünn. The ExtraEnergy test track occupied a central position in the Bike Brno.
When entering Hall P in the E-bike Corner, many probably thought there was something to be had for free at the ExtraEnergy test track, because of the huge crowd gathered there.
And they were right! Free test rides on 22 state-of-the-art electric bikes were offered. For the first time, the chic GoCycle was among the bikes in the fleet.
The big selection of test bikes and long indoor test track made it an offer difficult to withstand and the 500-meter long test track was very busy on all four days of the fair.
Jakub Ditrich, owner of the Czech electric bike brand ekolo.cz, organized the E-bike Brno. This was also the first stand in the long row of stands occupied by Czech e-bike manufacturers at the fair. Ekolo.cz now has over 15 models ranging in price from €845 to €1,650. The luxury brand in the Prague firm's range is the Jetstream Hybrid of German manufacturer riese und müller.
This year the bicycle fair occupied almost half of the total exhibition surface, which made it the single biggest unit in the quartet of concurrently running fairs, namely Sport Life, Boat Brno, Bike Brno and Caravaning Brno.
With this performance, Bike Brno consolidated its position as the leading cycle fair of international importance in eastern Europe. About one third of the 200 exhibitors were from outside the Czech Republic. Among them, the pavilion of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association (TBEA).
In total 60,000 people visited the four fairs, of which 2,200 came from other countries.
Press conference on electric bikes
At a press conference on Friday, attended mainly by Czech bike journalists, Annick Roetynck (ETRA, Belgium), Susanne Brüsch (ExtraEnergy, Germany) and Grace Ryan (Wheel Giant, Taiwan) presented an overview of developments in the global market for e-bikes and pedelecs.
Bike Brno honors ETRA with €3,000
During the Bike Brno opening ceremony fair manager Jan Kubena handed ETRA general secretary Annick Roetynck a cheque of over €3,000 as a gesture of gratitude for the many years ETRA has been promoting biking on the EU level and building bridges between countries in eastern Europe.
Annick Roetynck assured Kubena and Bike Brno the money would be put to good use. "Two of our main themes for next year are safety on public roads and urban mobility," she said. "In addition, we are searching for ways to bring bike traders to work together in eastern Europe. Towards this end, I've already had promising meetings with representatives from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria in Brünn," Roetynck said.
(by Susanne Brüsch, Michaela Buchberger, Jakub Dittrich, ETRA)
18 November 2009