May 26-28, Stockholm, Sweden
We are proud to welcome you to Stockholm and Sweden for the 2016 ECF AGM. Sweden has all the prerequisites to becoming a vibrant cycling nation – and we are well on our way. To have the honour of hosting this years’ AGM will surely give our efforts a push in the right direction – together we will send a strong message of unity for cycling.
We hope that you will take part in the AGM as well as the surrounding events. Our team of volunteers and cycling activists have all contributed to fill the schedule with as much cycling related goodies as possible.
Please read through these pages and complete the registration as soon as possible. The registration form is found here.
Please find the ECF AGM Schedule here
Stockholm is surrounded by water, built on fourteen islands where the Mälaren lake meets the sea. It is soaked in eight centuries of history old history but is at the same time a vibrant urban city packed with culture, arts, music and fashion.
And the Stockholm residents love water, with people flocking around it and even in it during the summer months. It is perfectly suitable for swimming and fishing in the middle of town.
Stockholm boasts a wide variety of activities. Castles, the medieval old town, museums, an amusementpark, hip and trendy restaurants and nightclubs and more. It is all available within short cycling (or walking) distances.
There is also the famous archipelago. Its 30,000 islands and skerries is the perfect counterweight to the metropolitan feel of the city.
Stockholm is a beautiful cycling city, offering scenic views, historical sites and a vibrant urban atmosphere. This is especially true in late May – a time when Swedes’ blossom after months of winter hibernation.
TO AND FROM STOCKHOLM
There are several train operators in Sweden. With long distance trains there is no longer possible to take the bikes with you (we are trying to change that!) on state operated SJ-trains – unless you have a foldable bike kept in a suitable bag. The same is true for competing inter city operators.
List of train operator policies on bikes. For more information, and to be sure it is the latest information, contact the operator directly before you travel.
The largest long distance bus operator Swebus allows bikes in the baggage compartment if they are packed according to their requirements and pay a 99 kronor fee. The bike should be packed in a bike bag according to the bag instructions. Alternately, turn the handlebars 45 degrees, dismount pedals and wheels, cover your bike in bubble wrap or cardboard, and then place it in a suitable cardboard box or a sturdy plastic bag. The driver can refuse to accept the bike if it can damage the other baggages.
All Stockholm’s airports and the two airports in Stockholm’s vicinity (Arlanda, Bromma, Skavsta and Västerås) are connected to downtown by airport coaches as well as municipal alternatives. From Stockholm Arlanda Airport you can also choose the high-speed train service Arlanda Express.
More information about getting to and from the airports:
By ferry and cruise ship
Several major ferry lines serve the countries around the Baltic Sea, and Stockholm’s harbours are centrally located. The ferries and cruise ships pass through the Stockholm archipelago to and from the city. Read more about ferries and cruising to Stockholm below.
The best way to experience Stockholm is, as always, by bike. If you don’t bring your own bicycle with you on the trip, there are alternatives.
City bikes offers bikes for hire on 140 stations all over the city centre. The 3-day card is activated the first time it’s used, and is valid for three days in a row. The 3-day card is only available for purchase at City bike card retailers. Price: 165 kronor.
You can also rent bikes at Bike Sweden. Its more costly, but in return you can choose from different models: city bikes, touring bicycles, mountain bikes, kids bikes and more. Located on the front of the Swedish History Museum.
Rent a Bike
Offers a variety of bikes for hire. Located by the waterfront at Strandvägen, birth 18.
Offers guided tours around Djurgården.
BY SUBWAY, TRAM AND BUS
You can travel with SL throughout the County of Stockholm. The Stockholm county area covers a distance of several kilometres outside the actual city centre and includes all services on the Metro, commuter rail, light railways such as the trains on Roslagsbanan, Saltsjöbanan, and Lidingöbanan (currently under reconstruction), and hundreds of bus lines.
There are tickets and travel cards for short and longer periods of time. Nearly all tickets are loaded on an SL Access card, which is an electronic smart card. You need to pay a fee of 20 SEK for the card itself, but you can re-use your card at future visits to Stockholm. There are single use travelcards with zone tickets valid for 1 or 2 hours depending on how many zones you travel in. There are also single use travel cards for 24 or 72 hours.
Bike kitchen Solna
Bike kitchen Solna is an organisation that lets you fix your on bike with our tools and with the help of the organisers (if you need it).
Bagarmossen bike kitchen
A bicycle cooperative located in the southern suburb Bagarmossen is promoting an “inclusive and open cycling culture, self organisation and consumption free meeting places”.
Offers lunch and coffee as well as bikes, accessories and clothes. All by the classic italian brand of course. A cycling celebration in celeste.
Le Mond is a real meeting place for all kind of cyclists – many of them choosing to start and/or end their rides in this homely café for lunch, coffee or a pint.
Gamla stans cyklar
Old town bicycle shop. A 100 year old bicycle shop that maintains its proud heritage while keeping up with contemporary trends.
Part bike kitchen, part bike store, part café. Bonne Mecanique (Bon Meq in short) is a meeting point for cycle lovers and activists in Stockholm.