Inspiring Double Bill in Groningen- ICBF19 & SUMP19

22 June 2019 - Published by Deirdre Buist
For cargo-bike fans and sustainable urban mobility planners Groningen (NL) was certainly the place to be from 14th – 18th June. Altogether, this year’s International Cargo Bike Festival (ICBF19) and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning conference (SUMP19) attracted more than a thousand participants from all over Europe and beyond to the city – that’s not counting the locals!

A significant delegation from the Surflogh partners attended both events to spread the word, expand networks and be inspired by innovative logistics solutions and all that is currently happening with regards to greening inner-city mobility and guidelines for the future.



Cities from all over Europe took part in network meetings focussing on the use of cargo bikes, smart logistics and quality of life. An intriguing variety of cargo-bikes was on show for visitors, users, designers, manufacturers, DIY-builders, and cargo bikes retailers.

The cargo-bike festival started with a conference on Friday, followed by informative meet-ups, workshops and tours. On Sunday there was an colourflul parade through the city and a fun packed family day for all.



On Monday 17th, the new week kicked off in the Oosterpoort with a truly impressive line-up. Politicians, avid urbanists, city planners and mobility experts joined the 2-day Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Conference – SUMP. Following a warm welcome by Mayor of Groningen Peter den Oudsten, keynote speaker José Viegeas (former Secretary General of the International Transport Forum) was joined by Matthew Baldwin (Deputy Director General for Mobility & Transport, DG MOVE) and Siegfried Rupprecht in an interactive plenary session. The new guidelines for sustainable and active cities were presented, making cities more walkable and cycle-friendly.



A wide range of EU projects then had the opportunity to present themselves to the audience. Besides SURFLOGH, a number of Interreg projects were on show during the festival, including REFRAME and LIKE! (NSR programme) and Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs (or FCCP from the NWE programme).

Read more about the International Cargo Bike Festival and SUMP on the respective websites or follow the hashtags on twitter: #ICBF19, #SUMP19.