WASHINGTON—With 54 percent of the world’s population living in cities, traffic congestion worsening in urban centers and commuting becoming increasingly difficult, many people are embracing urban cycling.

Denmark has pioneered ways to make cities safe and accessible for bikers and pedestrians. In fact, Copenhagen is considered the most bicycle-friendly city in the world. What can we learn from a city where 52 percent of the population commutes daily by bike? How can cities transform streets to improve quality of life?

Join Danish Ambassador to the United States Lars Gert Lose; DC government officials Tommy Wells, Director of DDOE, and Leif A. Dormsjo, Director of DDOT; World Resources Institute President Dr. Andrew Steer; former Technical Mayor of Copenhagen and Danish Cyclists Federation head Klaus Bondam; WABA Executive Director Greg Billing; and experts from around the world at an event January 11 from 2-4 pm at the National Press Club to examine the role of cycling in urban transportation, and the choices that cities must make to plan for a sustainable future.

Before the event, speakers will gather at WRI for a bike ride to the National Press Club, led by the Washington Area Bicycle Association. If you’d like to participate in or photograph the bike ride, please contact anna.braysharpin@wri.org.


Discussion with city leaders and experts on how to rethink urban transportation with more emphasis on safe cycling and public spaces


  • Sam Adams, World Resources Institute US Director; former Mayor of Portland, Oregon
  • Greg Billing, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicycle Association
  • Klaus Bondam, Director, Danish Cyclists Federation; former Technical Mayor of Copenhagen
  • Leif A. Dormsjo, Director, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • Craig Iscoe, Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Cycling Without Age
  • Astri Kimball, Senior Policy Counsel, Google
  • Lars Gert Lose, Danish Ambassador to the United States
  • Giulia Maci, Director, Urbego Copenhagen Office (UCO); innovation partner of COWI
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Shin-pei Tsay, Chief Executive, Gehl Institute
  • Tommy Wells, Director, Washington DC Department of Environment (DDOE)
  • Moderator: Jason Margolis, Reporter/Correspondent, Public Radio International’s The World


January 11, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm


National Press Club Ballroom
529 14th St. NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

RSVP to Katherine Peinhardt, katherine.peinhardt@wri.org, Tel. (202) 729-7954