The bicycle has arrived on the political stage: full speed ahead for bikes. The visit by the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Eurobike in Friedrichshafen definitely got mobility on two wheels off and running. "For the international bike world and for the Eurobike, the fact that Mrs. Dr. Angela Merkel came to Friedrichshafen was a strong political signal,” Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann said at the end of the show, looking back at the ‘big bike summit’. Head of the Eurobike Stefan Reisinger observed that "the Chancellor’s presence was noted with great pleasure by everyone involved.” This was reflected by heavy attendance at the international bike trade show, which came to an end on Saturday after four successful days. With 45,200 trade visitors from 111 countries (2012: 43,700) as well as 20,400 bike fans on public day and 1,883 media representatives from 45 countries, the bike event at Lake Constance achieved a "very good result.”
A total of 1,280 exhibitors from 54 countries presented an impressive international selection in 14 exhibition halls, accompanied by just about 300 world premieres. Visitors journeyed from all across the world to Friedrichshafen, resulting in an international participation rate of 56 percent. All in all, visitors came from 111 countries this year (2012: 97 countries).
Mobility on two wheels was on display in all its diversity. On Saturday, trade visitors, journalists and consumers tried out the newest models with and without electric drive. Cargo bikes are trending strongly. Folding bikes are promoting mobility; their owners always have their equipment with them, ready and set to go. The political message was clear, and not just for the German Chancellor: Biking gets everyone in a good mood and simply has a future.
Dates for the Eurobike 2014
The dates for the Eurobike 2014 have been set: The international cycling trade show will take place from Wednesday, August 27 to Saturday, August 30, 2014. Demo Day will be held on Tuesday, August 26 and public day will be Saturday, August 30, 2014.
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