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The ECF Annual General Meeting of delegates was a true success!

Dear ECF Member,
Thank you for joining us at the Annual General Meeting of delegates in Dublin, Ireland! Beyond doubt, the three-day event did more than justice to what the Irish Times described as “the biggest cycling advocacy conference in the northern hemisphere”  by bringing together more than 200 advocates from Europe and the rest of the world! Some highlights include: 
  • Nine new members from Finland, Greece, Cyprus, Serbia, Taiwan, Russia, India, Romania and Luxembourg! Check out our updated list of members to find out everything about the growing ECF family around the globe. 
  • Funding and Justifying Cycling Projects: ECF Secretary General, Bernhard Ensink, provided valuable, in-depth information on how cycling organisations can successfully lobby for EU funds and projects. Don't miss! ECF will organise free training webinars on how to lobby national and local authorities and get EU money for cycling! Register now by sending an email in
  • Organisation Development Workshop: Strong vision, solid internal processes and collaboration with various stakeholders are some of the golden rules to maximise organisational impact. ECF Director of Development, Kevin Mayne, cultivated organisational leadership through managerial concepts, best practices and interactive exercises. Six inspirational case studies from ECF's Leadership Program (funded by the cycling industry) completed the session with know-how and best practices from the ground. More to come soon!
  • Electoral campaigning workshop: Elections are show time for lobbyists; and cycling advocates are no exception. Senior Policy Officer, Fabian Kuester, explained how to set up a campaign based on ECF’s experience on the European Parliament pre-electoral survey which gathered over 360 responses from candidate MEPs around Europe. Top cyclist lobbyists from Germany, Denmark and Austria shared their experiences and gave expert tips to the audience. 
  • The decision to found a World Cycling Alliance -which will be launched in Velo-city Global in Adelaide (May 30th)- was officially adopted by the AGM. You are all proud founding members of the first global network of non- governmental organizations which will promote cycling at the highest institutional level! Let us know your questions, comments or remarks after reading the approved Terms of Reference. 
  • Manfred Neun’s public speech: ECF president spoke to a room packed with people from all ages and backgrounds about the importance of active mobility and cycling in the context of livable cities and social values. He then received questions by an economist, raising the concept of bikeconomics as a realistic motivation for politicians to put cycling into the agenda. 
  • Irish Minister and MEP candidate Brian Hayes signed the ECF manifesto for the upcoming European Parliament elections. The event came after the publication of figures showing that commuter cycling in Dublin increased by 14% last year and has almost doubled in the past 10 years. 

Check out photos from the conference room and the bike trips!

Last but not least, we would like to thank our member and host of the event, (Ireland’s Cycling Advocacy Network), as none of this would be possible without their excellent organisation and hospitality. See you all at the AGM 2015 in Nantes!

Kind regards,
Elina Baltatzi
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