Organised horizontally and independently The Forum relied on a voluntary contribution from participants of various diﬀerent countries and states in Brazil. They paid for theirown transport, volunteered to speak in public, and were given a place to stay by other others involved.
The ﬁrst ever WorldBicycle Forum was a success in terms of public, collaborative and guest participation.
About 7,000 people participatedas speakers and participants in workshops, including visitors fromvarious countries and states in Brazil who took part in the main body ofevents, as well as in parallel events including exhibitions and bike rides.
Chris Carlsson,the American writer and bike activist(who co-founded Critical Massin San Francisco in 1992 – anevent that takes place to thisday) was one of the panellists.Other participants included theEnglish urbanist Fiona Roy whois now settled in Brazil, thePresident of both Green MobilityBrasil and the Instituto MobilidadeVerde – Lincoln Paiva, and theDirector General of the São PaoloAssociation of Urban Cyclists –Ciclocidade, Thiago Bennichio.
The amount of coveragethe mediagave to theForum wassurprising!Coverage of the Forumthat was organized injust two months totalledover 50 reports in theprinted press, witharound 50 TV and radiopieces on the subjectbefore, during and afterthe event. In additionthere were 384 internetinsertions devoted tothe Forum.
More andmore peopleare dustingoff theirbikes...
Drivers who once shouted‘get off the roadand onto the pavement!’now smileat the sound of abike bell!