The global cycling summit Velo-city is being staged in Dublin this June. Hundreds of delegates will hear from the world's foremost cycling experts, and you could have a ringside seat because journalists Carlton Reid and Laura Laker will be reporting almost-live from the event, and sending backer-only content.
FULLY FUNDED IN FIVE DAYS: Thanks to all those who backed this project – it is now guaranteed to go ahead (Kickstarter projects have to hit target to get funded). This doesn't mean it's the end of the project: pledges can continue right through until the end date, which is 28th May. We now have a "stretch goal," with extra benefits for all existing and future backers.
Speakers and delegates at Velo-city include:
Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner Chris Boardman • Danish Cyclists' Federation CEO Klaus Bondam • Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs at the City of Copenhagen Ninna Hedeager • Fietsersbond CEO Saskia Kluit • Westminster University academic Dr. Rachel Aldred • Waltham Forest's Go Dutch councillor Clyde Loakes • Dutch Cycling Embassy's Mirjam Borsboom • Urban Transport's Brian Deegan • See.Sense's Irene McAleese • Texas A&M University's Dr. Tara Goddard • and many more.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR BACKING THIS PROJECT?
Our lovely project backers will gain password-protected access to exclusive online materials, including daily podcasts. These will air in the evening at the end of each day of the summit, and will feature interviews with a high-quality selection from the fascinating delegates and speakers who'll be amassing in Dublin.
There will also be a protected Twitter feed for project-backers only which will allow you to direct us to the speakers or delegates you most want interviewed. Via emails sent from Kickstarter you will also get a daily round-up of the summit highlights and a bunch of backer-only links.
All of our content generated at Velo-city will be archived on a Virtual Velo-city website, access to which will be restricted to backers. Transcripts for every interview will be uploaded to this password-protected website soon after Velo-city has finished. There will also be additional post-show podcasts to include extra audio and reflections on the conference.
As well as producing content for Virtual Velo-city, Carlton and Laura will be filing news stories and features for their usual outlets, but these will be published after the event, and won't include the audio content and other extras that only you will get exclusive access to.
This is a chance to get content that won't be available anywhere else, and sent to you directly from the summit itself.
Velo-city in Dublin is this year's most important cycle advocacy event, and there's still plenty of time to register to get there yourself. Even those lucky enough to attend should back this project – it will be a permanent repository of great interviews not conducted in front of delegates.
If we reach £2,500 in pledges we will commission a videographer to take footage at Velo-city, and this footage will be sent to all backers.
WHO ARE WE?
Carlton Reid is a writer, author and podcaster. He won the Press Gazette Transport Journalist of the Year Award in 2018. He founded BikeBiz.com and is currently a contributor to both Forbes.com and The Guardian. He is the author of Roads Were Not Built for Cars and Bike Boom, both of which were successfully funded via Kickstarter and later went on to become titles for Island Press, Washington DC. Also successfully launched via Kickstarter was his project to research the Dutch-style cycleways built in Britain by the Ministry of Transport in the 1930s.
Laura Laker is a journalist and public speaker with a decade of writing about cycling under her belt, for the Guardian, Sunday Times, and most cycling titles, among others. Passionate about making the world a better place through pedal power, and increasingly through walking, she has interviewed, probed and even (politely) sparred live on TV and radio with voices looking to hold back the cycling revolution – as well, of course, as its champions.
In speaking and interviewing Laura has an instinct for narrative, humour and for putting people at ease.
This is her first foray into crowdfunding, and she says she’s excited to see where the project takes her. (Dublin, hopefully.)
PREVIOUSLY AT VELO-CITY
Carlton Reid has produced two Spokesmen podcasts from Velo-city summits, but these were published some time after the event finished and also had only a finite amount of space for interviews. (The shows you get will be longer, with more interviewees and split over a greater number of episodes, including post-event wrap-ups.)
The show from Nantes in 2015 featured: Christian Prudhomme • Martin Gibbs • Lee Jones • Robert Grisdale • Adriaan Kokk • Angela van de Kloof • John Dales • Claire Prospect • Mikael Colville-Andersen • Julian Ferguson • Sue Abbott • Mario Alves • Kevin Mayne.
The Velo-city podcast from The Netherlands last year featured: Conor Cahill • Thierry Jimenez • Marco Te Brommelstroet • Cornelia Dinca • Meredith Glaser • Randy Neufeld.
Virtual Velo-city podcasts will be sent to you on each night of the summit, with the episodes not being made available anywhere else.
Virtual Velo-city is not affiliated with the organisers of Velo-city or with the European Cyclists' Federation. Click the logo above to go to the event website and book your place at the world's biggest and best cycle advocacy conference.
Risks and challenges
This is a digital-only project and will rely on good wireless connectivity. Dublin has good wi-fi access.
Ill-health could prevent one or both of the journalists from attending Velo-city, but this is unlikely (both cycle so are screaming fit).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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