World Cycling Alliance
A global network of cycling advocates
The World Cycling Alliance (WCA) is a global network of non- governmental organizations with a substantial interest in promoting cycling. The main objective of the network is not only to advocate for cycling as a means of transport within international institutions – such as UN, OECD/ITF, World Bank- but also to promote and support the exchange of knowledge, expertise and co-operation of cycling associations and organizations worldwide.
When was it launched and why?
The decision came to create the World Cycling Alliance during Velo-city 2013, a global cycling conference in Vienna. The European Cyclists’ Federation proposed the creation of a World Cycling Alliance as a center of coordination, a platform of knowledge exchange and a strong advocacy voice targeting international organizations. Other organisations represent sports and industry on a global level, but there is nothing equivalent for daily and leisure cycling. Cycling associations from all continents showed their interest to be part of a World Cycling Alliance and requested from ECF to take the lead.
The World Cycling Alliance was officially launched at the Velo-city Global conference in Adelaide at the end of May 2014 and is gearing up to become a major cycling advocacy network of NGOs on the world stage. The WCA wishes to unite NGOs with a substantial interest in cycling and give them a voice in international institutions, but also act as a platform for exchange of expertise, sharing of best-practice, and cooperation between organizations with a common purpose: promoting the use of the bike.
The Annual General Meeting of ECF in Dublin on the 26th of April approved the proposal to found and to launch the WCA at the Velo-city Global 2014 in Adelaide based on the also approved Terms of Reference. These Terms call for the establishment of an International Steering Board that will oversee the development and governance of the Alliance. There is an inherent concept held withing these Terms that, being a worldwide network, its governance must also come from all four corners of the planet. As such, it is required that one steering member per continent is member of the Steering Board.
A global reach
The newly-formed World Cycling Alliance looks forward to establishing new and fruitful relationships in the coming years. Bernhard Ensink, ECF’s Secretary General and acting as WCA Secretary General, said: “It is important that the network will have a governance board with members from all continents. The idea behind it is that it should grow bottom-up and not just steered by ECF people.”
For this reason, the Steering Board calls on NGOs with a substantial interest in cycling to get in touch with the World Cycling Alliance Secretariat, which is currently held by ECF. The Steering Board will then review applications and reach a decision on new members.
More information about the WCA including a list of its members, which includes Bicycle SA can be found at the link below.