Cycling, as a cross-cutting issue, is part of various fields of activity (e.g. transport, health, environment, urban planning, safety, tourism) and is addressed by various stakeholders at different levels (Federal Government, federal states, local authorities, associations, companies etc.). Networks are a crucial basis for enabling cooperation between various stakeholders with differing interests and thus further strengthening cycling together. The Federal Government supports this cooperation between the various stakeholders in the sphere of cycling as a coordinator and facilitator and has launched the National Cycling Congress as a central platform for networking between experts.
Since 2009, the National Cycling Congress has been taking place every two years and provides a forum for an exchange of ideas and experience between the Federal Government, the public authorities and the expert community. The National Cycling Congress is thus the most important cycling congress in Germany. In various forums, important current topics of cross-cutting activities for planning and promoting a cycling strategy are discussed and new ideas on how to further enhance cycling are gathered. Traditionally, the “German Cycling Prize - best for bike” is awarded at the National Cycling Congress.
The 4th National Cycling Congress was held in Potsdam on 18 and 19 May 2015 under the slogan of "Connect – Link – Interlink", and the next congress will take place in Mannheim in 2017 on 3 and 4 April 2017 under the slogan "200 years of cyling". Programme, registration and further information of past National Cycling Congresses at www.nationaler-radverkehrskongress.de (text in German).