Special sessions

Session I: Cycling in pandemic time

photo: Philip Oltermann/The Guardian

During the COVID-19 pandemic many cities have temporarily implemented measures to increasing cycling (and make cycling safer). Pop-up bicycle lanes, decreased speed limits and cycling streets have been known as effective measures for ages, yet the pandemic created the right momentum that helped to shift focus away from motorised transport towards cycling needs.

This session presents a collection of cases from around the globe, discusses what the cities have done and how the implementation process worked out. Furthermore, it will discuss how the temporarily measures can be developed into permanent ones and how the pandemic crisis can be a starting point for a real transition towards a safe and sustainable transport system, where cycling is no longer marginalised.

Invited speakers

Perspective of Cycling Industry—Cycling in times of COVID

Oliver Maier, Bosch / Germany
Maarten Pelgrim, Royal Gazelle / Netherlands

COVID-19 Impacts on Cycling, 2019–2020

Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech / USA
John Pucher, Ruttgers University / USA

Pop-up bike lanes and temporary shared space in Vienna during COVID-19 pandemic

Harald Frey, Technical University Vienna / Austria
Barbara Laa , Technical University Vienna / Austria
Ulrich Leth, Technical University Vienna / Austria

Bicycle-friendly transport policies and resident’s quality of life: evaluating the impact of new bike lanes on a major road in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Martin Lanzendorf, Goethe University Frankfurt / Germany
Clara Scheffler, Goethe University Frankfurt / Germany
Laura Trost, Goethe University Frankfurt / Germany
Simon Werschmöller, Goethe University Frankfurt / Germany


The session is chaired by Till Koglin, Senior Lecturer at Transport & Roads, Lund University (Sweden). His research mainly deals with mobility, transport and urban planning with a strong focus on the marginalisation of cycling in urban space. Within this domin, Till combines critical theory with transport and mobility in order to shed light on injustice issues within transport transport systems.

Till Koglin
Lund University

Session II: Components of a safe system for cycling

The session will focus on essential issues related to a safe system for cycling by presenting some major components of such a system. A starting point is the analysis of predicted injury development based on increased cycling in Sweden from a comparative perspective in relation to the sustainability goal for active mobility. Further, the session presents examples and ideas of how various traffic safety factors like infrastructure design, speed management and protective devices can mitigate and prevent accidents and severe injuries for cyclists.

The session is organised in close co-operation with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).

photo: Trafikverket

Invited speakers

A systematic review of the impact of bicycle helmet legislation on cycling

Jake Olivier, UNSW Sydney / Australia

Traffic Safety by a System Approach—The Potential of Vehicle and Road Infrastructure Interventions in bicyclist accidents

Helena Stigsson, Folksam / Sweden

What happens when cycling increases—the relations between cycling and the number of accidents

Krister Spolander, Spolander Consulting / Sweden

Adaptation of the system to human conditions

Johan Lindberg, Trafikverket / Sweden

Ruggero Ceci
Swedish Transport Administration


The session is chaired by Ruggero Ceci, Safety Advisor at Swedish Transport Administration. Ruggero has long experience working in the government administration and is skilled in Ergonomics, Traffic Systems, Psychology, Road Safety, and Human Machine Interaction. He possess a PhD in Psychology from Stockholm University (Sweden). Ruggero is mainly involved in strategic work within road safety and the coordination of various preventive safety activities for vulnerable road users. He is active in national and international workgroups and research projects for road safety (e.g. World Road Association), focusing on Human Factor issues in road and vehicle safety.

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