I came back from a road trip last Sunday evening. The route from the Hills Freeway bypasses the city next to the parklands. While driving through there, traffic had to slow and move to one side of the road because some event was on. It became obvious pretty quickly that it was related to the Tour Down Under bike race. There were people on bikes all over the place. It was great. At the few intersections we stopped at there were whole bunches of them, chatting and laughing. It would be a cool thing if we could achieve that during weeks when there is no bike race on.
That we are trying to achieve it is perhaps illustrated by the fact that Adelaide is hosting Velo-city Global in 2014 (I know it's old news but I still wanted to mention it). The event comes under the umbrella of the European Cyclists' Federation who estimate that more than 1000 cycling experts will attend. It's great news if you ask me and I hope that we can learn from all of that experience.
The conference has been around since 1980 and has been held in a number of cities including Copenhagen. We're not the first Australian city. It has also been held in Perth. Copenhagen hosted it in 2010. Here's their video:
Velo-City Global 2010 from Velo-city Global 2010 on Vimeo.