Ljubljana is a historical city with a rich culture influenced by the neighbour regions and its unique location surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and not far from the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to its strategic location, Ljubljana has always been part of Central European avant-garde tendencies and an important bridge to the Balkan countries. Today, Ljubljana has become one of the best examples of a city that ventured to close its city centre to cars, dedicating the area to active mobility and creating a great functional and clean shared space for citizens and visitors.

Ljubljana city centre is all about reclaiming public space for people and creating the environment for not only cycling and walking but also for providing safe access for all, including children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities. It is only natural that people are in the centre of our discussion and consequently inclusion, social and technological tools, connectivity, public space, timely policy and regulation are the main themes of Velo-city 2020, Ljubljana.

Conference themes
  1. Social Innovation & Tech - can smart be inclusive, can technology be socially innovative, can social innovation be technological?
  2. Sharing Public Space & Connecting People - how do you share space in your city, with whom, how, how do you connect urban to rural, how inclusive are these connections?
  3. Policy of the Future - what role for policy in inclusion, sharing space, and technology?

Velo-city 2020 Ljubljana invites you to share your expertise, insights, data, innovation and analysis to reflect our conference theme 'Smart Cycling Inclusion', share stories of success and failure and of visions of future mobility ecosystems, public space, healthier, sustainable and more accessible environments for people.


Velo-city 2020 Ljubljana will look into different insights on how to create smart, inclusive and cycling friendly environments. The conference programme will tackle different areas of public space, social innovation and technology through the prism of policy and regulations. Furthermore, the three themes will bring discussions about the regulatory frameworks in place in different countries and will question if they are effective and in line with the necessary measures for sustainable development at present times. Bringing the discussion to the urban realm and the need for designing and allocating space for the mobility of the future, Velo-city 2020 Ljubljana will showcase what is needed to achieve Smart Cycling Inclusion in our cities, communities and mobility systems and prepare them for tomorrow.

  • Social Innovation and Tech: We look for abstracts on the state, role and challenges of technology and innovation for human-oriented urban and mobility planning. This theme can be interpreted in the following ways; however, this list is not exhaustive! Be innovative!

    • Socially inclusive technological solutions and innovations,

      • ensuring inclusion of all: pedestrians, children, elderly, disabled persons
      • Role of cycling in social inclusion and empowering (e.g. bike as a tool to integrate the social excluded groups, bike re-cycling, bike as a "access to life")
      • programmes, products, projects, good practices, campaigns, stories
    • Technology: friend or foe to society, should technology serve people or people serve technology?
    • Connectivity of users, modes and infra: big data, MAAS, intermodality

      • Safety and security: user awareness, theft protection, personal data, privacy, safe parking, cyber security, road Safety: relation between users, vehicles and infrastructure in public space
    • Social Responsibility: sustainable behaviour and life style towards a sustainable culture, Social Values and Principles, Mobility and Traffic habits (behaviour)
    • Education: schools, capacity building, awareness, behaviour change, campaigning, tech (gamification), Innovative approaches for cycling education and awareness raising
    • Fiscal incentives and economic benefits for cyclists, Economic benefits of cycling
    • Cycling potential in the Circular & Sharing economy (shared use-shared knowledge)
    • Health promotion and benefits: education, awareness, active and fun

      • Health prevention: inactive lifestyle, mental health, doctors as cycling ambassadors, stress reduction, NCDs, air quality, noise pollution
      • Health performance: physical performance, improving cycling skills, mitigations of negative impacts, technology, digital health sector, design, accessories, e-bikes
      • Cycling and the workplace: happy cyclist-happy employer
    • Cycle tourism: innovative products and concepts for the cycling routes - new innovative cycle tourism products & concepts
    • Inclusive approach in mobility planning: stakeholders as drivers of better planning and implementation of mobility solutions
    • The Power of Communication advantages of cycling and its successful promotion; role of opinion leaders, cycling ambassadors and "influencers"

      • Social media as tool of mere criticism or valuable tool of inclusion and channel of interactive communication with decision-makers
    • Sharing the urban space and bringing together different expectations, mitigating possible conflicts among different space users: building new mobility culture
  • Sharing Public Space and Connecting People: The city centre of Ljubljana, as an example of a successful shared space story, will play a big role on the discussions around public realm. The latest developments, planning and design of the city clearly places people in the centre of it. Moreover, the strategic location of Slovenia also allows us to further the discussion of connecting cities and regions and extend it to cross border connectivity. From a shared urban environment to cross border cycling connectivity, this theme aims at bringing different approaches and discussions on the challenges of creating accessible, safe, clean, shared and functional spaces for people.

    • From planning to practice with vertical & horizontal integration: what are the challenges with space
    • Planning: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Strategic Planning, Special cycling strategy, demand driven planning
    • Public Space/ Shared Space: coexistence of users of different modes (pedestrians, e-scooters, bicycles, e-bikes, public transport, motorised vehicles)? What are the possible conflicts?
    • Public Space should include and be comfortable for all (City for All)
    • Smart City
    • Road Safety: designing for Vision Zero
    • Allocation of Space: Micro/ New mobility
    • Intermodality/ Multimodality: cycling ecosystem, integration of cycling and walking to transport systems, MAAS, cycling as part of a wider mobility
    • Technology to enhance urban space usage: counter, data, measurements, route planners, MAAS, parking facilities
    • Infrastructure (specially cycling): quality, connected, innovative, minimal standards, safe (it needs to be of high quality to be inclusive and appropriate for all groups)
    • Funding/ financing inclusive mobility projects (cycling, walking and Public Transport), taxation, fiscal systems, pricing
    • Relation between user, vehicle and infrastructure
    • Cycle tourism Infrastructure: long distance and urban, cross border, local and regional highlights
    • Cycle Highways
    • Public Bike Sharing Systems
    • Holistic approach of public space: connection of different sectors to mobility and planning
    • Creating the right environment for circular economy
    • Regional inclusive planning (e.g. regional SUMPs) and promotion of cycling on regional scale
    • Accessibility: Inclusion of all users (pedestrians, children, elderly, disabled) and modes to create access to basic needs and social and economic centres
    • The role of decision makers and technical staff (local and national level) on environmental and social needs on public space and regional connection
    • Suburbanization
    • Technology: Autonomous vehicles, tools to gather data to increase cycling, gamification
    • On-line shopping, freight and the challenges and impact on urban environments
  • Policy of the Future: Are the policy and regulatory frameworks we have available today effective and in line with the progress of technology? Are policies and regulatory frameworks able to catch up with all the disruptions appearing in mobility and public spaces today? What would be the solution to this challenge? Do we need a new type of Governance to catch up with tech developments?

    • Policy Development

      • Standardization of policy, policy alignment
      • Economic Development: the role of mobility
      • Regulatory framework for micro mobility, speed control, usage of public space
      • Governance, Prioritizing walking, cycling and public transport,
      • Cross policy and inter multidisciplinary approach: health, education, land use, architecture, development aid and cooperation
      • Collaboration and Partnership: public and private sector, civil society.
      • Decision makers power and the importance of political will
      • Experts as consultants to decision makers: do they keep-up the pace with innovative approaches?
      • Sustainable urban mobility as distinct subject in academic curricula (in which university, studies)?
      • Tools to influence decision making processes
      • Local, regional and national government (Governance)
      • Policy alignment: national level? The role of supra national level (EU, UN) for Cross border cycling
    • Policy Areas

      • Allocation of Space
      • Intelligent Transport Systems, Artificial Intelligence and mobility
      • The role of technology on policy and regulations development: big data, internet of things, block chain
      • Role of smart cycling practices in the metropolitan and local SUMP's
      • Innovative approaches to address and enforce cycling safety and security
      • Financing: the role of development agencies, multilateral banks, cooperation
      • Policies and regulations for vehicles, urban space and intermodality
      • If contribution of cycling and walking to climate change mitigation is so obvious, why we still depend so much on motorised vehicles?
      • Should policies break technological and digital innovations or follow them?
    • Policy Implementation

      • Capacity building for regulating innovations
      • People centred policies
      • Cycling Officers and cycling advocacy in the modern society
      • The bigger picture: biking trends and innovative approaches in developing nations
      • Monitoring of cycling tools for planning of cycling (e.g. modelling etc.),
      • Enforcement



Lectures feature three to five presentations (10-15 minutes each). The presentations cover a wide range of topics and are combined with questions and answer sessions.


Selected posters will be displayed during the conference. The poster sessions will give presenters the opportunity to give a 3 minute presentation on their poster subject in front of the poster itself.


Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds). This format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, allowing for a lot of new ideas to be presented in a short period of time.


Round table discussions consist of in-depth discussions led at each table by a different speaker. The speaker hosting the table will give a short presentation and take the participants at their table on an in-depth discussion of the topic at hand. After 30 minutes participants will change tables.


Master classes are given by an expert on a particular discipline or subject. The presenter and the audience can go deeper into the subject of their interest on a more personal level.


Visits outside the conference venue give delegates a chance to discuss best practices and traffic principles in real life. These are technical visits to specific locations in the Ljubljana area.


This format takes a central theme or question and has two speakers debate for and against. At the outset, the participants are polled to measure their opinion on the topic. Following the debate, they are polled again to see how many are now in favour or against. The winner of the debate is the speaker who caused the most audience members to change their votes.


Storytelling sessions invite speakers to tell stories that help illustrate or enhance themes in the conference tracks. They should reflect the authentic experience of an individual, a team, or a community, but be told like a traditional story. The narrative should contain a beginning, middle, and end, characters and themes that hold interest, like adversity and triumph. Stories should be about 15 minutes long, with 10 minutes provided for Q&A afterward.


Velo-city 2020 Ljubljana call for abstracts is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Following Velo-city's proud tradition of interactive and engaging presentations, we invite you to share with us a proposal for a presentation which will inspire attendees, enrich the conference programme and help us to reflect the breadth of cycling experience globally.

People who cycle are central to the Velo-city conference and ideally your presentation will engage with the human side of cycling, taking into consideration age and gender and the role of the bicycle as a tool to help us live our lives, no matter what our age is.

Velo-city 2020 Ljubljana invites you to share your expertise, insights, data, innovation and analysis to reflect our conference theme 'Smart Cycling Inclusion'.

Please make sure your abstract meets the requirements listed below.

  1. It is not essential to register at the conference before submitting an abstract.
  2. Please consult the themes and sub-themes to ensure the relevance of the abstract, and choose the most relevant to your abstract.
  3. Authors; you can add multiple authors, please ensure you tick the correct box for presenting author. Be aware that only one person per abstract will be able to present and be granted with the speakers benefits.
  4. Abstract Format:

    1. The abstract title should be limited to 20 words (this will not be included in word count)
    2. Do not include tables or pictures.
    3. The maximum word count is 300 words, written in English.
    4. Please do not use hyphenation to separate a word at the end of a line to start a new line. The ends of line will not necessarily match with the printing layout.
    5. The decision on presentation format will be confirmed by the conference's Program Committee who is tasked with evaluating the submitted abstracts.
  5. Submission: Abstracts must be submitted through the Velo-city Ljubljana 2020 website.
  6. Acceptance of abstracts into the conference program will be based on the evaluation by the Velo-city 2020 Program Committee.
  7. Authors will receive a notification on the evaluation of their respective abstracts via the email specified during the abstract submission.
  8. Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to confirm their attendance and finalize their registration prior to final inclusion in the conference program.

For any other questions or technical issues on abstract submission or registration, please contact the Velo-city 2020 Conference Secretariat at