The economy and employment are based on small business initiatives. Cycling-friendly cities have decisive potential for this type of business. Wherever cycling has successfully been promoted as a means of urban transport, we can see that the economic activity related to the sector has increased: from bicycle manufacturers (some of them traditional) to retail services, with multiple businesses providing cycling-related products (tourism, city delivery and courier services, community services, etc.) and other companies which maximise their efficacy by making use of cycling as a means of transport.

Cycling is thus a means of transport that fosters the indirect development of many other economic activities. This is especiallythe case in countries where motorised transport is not an option for most of the population, where owning a bicycle is the only means of transport available to millions of people in their everyday lives.

Bicycles, then, are an ideal way in which to earn a living in an economic sector that generates urban settings with which millions of people can relate to, as they are healthy, safe and attractive.

Plenary Speakers


Kayemba Patrick


Development Practitioner, Researcher, Trainer, NGO Manager, Planner and Social Development Change Agent.

Joaquín Nieto


The president of honour of Sustainlabour, International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development.

He has over 15 years´of experience in coordinating and managing development projects of all nature.

Patrick is the Programs Director of FABIO (First African Bicycle Information Organisation).

At the same time he is working as the Country Director (Uganda) of the Institute for Transport Policy and Development (ITDP).

The president of honour of Sustainlabour, International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development, and who also collaborates with Instituto Sindical de Trabajo Ambiente y Salud ISTAS, is a founder patron of Fundación Renovables, a member of the Club Español de la Energía Energy Innovation Think Tank and he also works in an advisory capacity for the town councils of Vitoria-Gasteiz and Rivas-Vaciamadrid in the sustainability field.

He was previously the secretary of the environment and
occupational health for the Comisiones Obreras trade union,
the president of ISTAS and vice-president of the Spanish National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. He was also a member of the Spanish Environmental Advisory Council, the National Woodland Council and the National Climate Council, a member of the European Union Environmental Consultancy Forum and the workers' representative in the UNEP, the United Nations Sustainable Development Commission and Conferences of the Parties on Climate Change. Prize for Personal History in the Defence of the Earth in 2002, Vía Apia Award in 2003,
granted by the Association of Environmental News Journalists and National “28 de Abril” Occupational Risk Prevention award in 2010. He wrote the book entitled “Los desafíos del Cambio Climático” (The Challenges of Climate Change).