Concerts

Athens Bike Festival

Following the successful organisation of the first Bike Festival last year during the European Mobility Week, it became evident that Athens is a city with a growing cycling culture and that an annual cycling festival in the heart of the city is a must for the increasing number of cyclists.

This year, the Athens Bike Festival will take place from 16 to 18 September in «Technopolis», an industrial museum of incomparable architecture that has been transformed into a multipurpose cultural space whose special atmosphere charmed the festival’s visitors last year as well.

The event will be organised during the European Mobility Week – an awareness raising campaign aiming at sensibilising citizens to the use of public transport, cycling, walking and at encouraging European cities to promote these modes of transport. In 2011, the European Mobility Week focuses on alternative mobility and wants to support the transition towards a resource-efficient transport system by promoting clean, fuel efficient modes and human-powered travel.

Organisers aim at offering visitors the opportunity to see and test the latest bike models, to discuss with the market experts and to experience an alternative lifestyle through the parallel activities that will present a different and active culture worth discovering.

All the major brands of the cycling market are expected to participate in the exhibition part of the Festival making the most of the opportunity to have direct contact with the end consumers

Cycling will improve the everyday quality of life of Greeks. This statement will be substantiated and defended against any objections by Jeff Risom, urban planner, member of the experienced and famous Ghel Architects; they have advised cities throughout the world, including New York City, Mexico City, Los Angeles and currently San Francisco on how to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.

The one-day conference “A bikable city is a livable city” will take place on Sunday 18 September at 11:00 am, in the Amphitheater “Athens 9.84” at “Technopolis” of City of Athens in Gazi, during Athens Bike Festival. The conference is organised by the MBike magazine and the Royal Danish Embassy in Athens and the Danish Foreign Ministry.

Schedule of events

The program of the Bike Festival includes a series of activities that aim to inspire everyone to get back on their bikes. Visitors will get the chance to discover the cycling culture and explore a different way of living.

Friday 16 September

Take a ride with COSMOTE
(Test rides every half hour)
18.00-19.00

Αdiridas
18.00 – 19.00
20.00 – 21.00

Cycling lessons
18.00 – 20.00

Photo Exhibitions
Monumental Motion – D9
Bike Planet – D12
Bikes of the World – D6
18.00 – 21.30

Bike Art Exhibition-D4
18.00 – 21.30

Concert – Jumping Fish
Travel Mind Syndrome
Rous
21.30

Saturday 17 September

Take a ride with COSMOTE
(Test rides every half hour)
10.30 – 14.00
16.00 – 19.00

Adiridas
11.00 – 12.00
13.30 – 14.00
17.30 – 18.00
20.00 – 21.00

Cycling lessons
11.00 – 14.00
16.00 – 21.00

Create a bike
16.00 – 21.00

Basic Technical Guidelines for Bike Maintenance
12.00 – 12.30
18.00 – 18.30

Time Trials
19.00 – 20.00

Photo Exhibitions
Monumental Motion – D9
Bike Planet – D12
Bikes of the World – D6
10.00 – 21.30

Bike Art Exhibition-D4
10.00 – 21.30

Concert – Jumping Fish
Los Mujeros
A Des Potes
21.30

Sunday 18 September

Conference
A Bikable City is a Livable City
11.00 – 14.00

Take a ride with COSMOTE
(Test rides every half hour)
10.30 – 14.00
16.00 – 19.00

Adiridas
11.00 – 12.00
13.30 – 14.00
17.30 – 18.00
20.00 – 21.00

Cycling lessons
11.00 – 16.00
18.00 – 20.00

Create a bike
11.00 – 16.00

Basic Technical Guidelines for Bike Maintenance
12.00 – 12.30
18.00 – 18.30

Time Trials
12.30 – 13.30
19.00 – 20.00

Photo Exhibitions
Monumental Motion – D9
Bike Planet – D12
Bikes of the World – D6
10.00 – 21.30

Bike Art Exhibition-D4
10.00 – 21.30

Athens Bike Festival opening hours:
Friday, September 16
18:00-21:30

Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18
10:00-21:30

The scheduled concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday after 21:00.

source: bikefestival2011

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