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International Winter Cycling Congress 22–24 February 2023

Next year the city of Karlstad, Sweden, will host the 10th International Winter Cycling Congress on 22–24 February 2023, together with the city of Karlstad, at Karlstad Congress Culture Center. The theme of the congress in Karlstad will be Winter biking for health and sustainable cities. We are looking forward to meeting all participants for sharing examples and good practices, finding opportunities for collaboration, listening to experts and meeting new friends. A warm welcome to Karlstad, the bicycle city!

Registration will open soon. 

Schedule and speakers

We are working on a detailed schedule in partnership with the city of Karlstad. The following is an example of the topics that will be discussed during the conference. A detailed schedule will be released as it is finalized.

Learn about “Karlstad brine”

”Karlstad Brine” (Karlstadslaken) is the innovative salt solution by the city of Karlstad for sweep-salting (using a front-mounted power broom for snow clearance and salt for de-icing). It has lower refreezing temperatures than the standard sodium chloride brine which means it prevents slippery bike paths at lower temperatures than was possible before. It was created in Karlstad to improve cycling paths, but has practical applications beyond that, such as dust binding and foot path clearance. Meet the inventor Tomas Stomberg and hear him talk about our experience with this method.

    Call for symposium

    A head of the 10th International Winter Cycling Congress 2023 in Karlstad we hereby call for Seminar Proposal. 

    The Organizing Committee welcomes the submission of proposals for symposia for the International Winter Cycling Congress 2023. The goal of these symposia is to provide a forum for focused discussions due to the topic sustainability and health.

    How to submit a proposal

    The symposia proposals should contain a suggested Title of maximum 50 words.The proposal should also contain a short text describing the content and include suggested speakers to be part of the symposium, max 300 words.

    Please note that a maximum of 10 symposia will be accepted for the WCC 2023 and your proposal may be accepted for a session between 20-40 minutes. The specific format of the presentations is decided by the program committee who is responsible for coordination and communication with proposed symposia participants.

    Proposals may be submitted until August 8, 2022 using the online form below.
    Further details concerning the symposia as well as updated information about the Conference are available here online at karlstad.se/wcc2023

    Click here to submit a proposal

    Main forum for inspiration and best practises

    WCF’s mission is to create opportunities for inspiration, research and collaboration that help cities and countries around the world learn what it takes to develop, implement and maintain bicycle-focused transportation systems year-round. Drawing upon inspiring examples from some of the premier cycling jurisdictions in the world, the Winter Cycling Congress (WCC) is now established as the main forum for sharing examples and good practices of winter cycling design, planning, policy, and implementation around the world.

    Its aim is to operate globally, since winter conditions are a reality for billions around the world. It is a conference for everyone who lives in a winter city and who rides a bike, works with bikes, or plans for bikes.

    Biking for health and sustainable cities

    Past congresses have attracted urban and transportation planners; civil and traffic engineers; designers; architects; landscape architects; public health professionals; advocates; professors and students in planning, engineering, urban studies, social sciences; politicians and policy-makers; tourism professionals; economists; bicycle and bicycle-related manufacturers; manufacturers of city maintenance machinery; artists, journalists and bloggers.

    Themes Topics for presentation proposals should fall into the theme “Biking for health and sustainable cities”.

    We are looking forward to welcoming you at the WCC in Karlstad in 2023!

    Discover Sweden in Karlstad

    The Province of Värmland is known for its beautiful landscapes and proud cultural traditions, including many writers, such as the Nobel-prize winner Selma Lagerlöf and Gustaf Fröding. Karlstad is the Province Capital of Värmland in Sweden and lies on the delta where the river Klarälven flows into lake Vänern, the third largest lake in Europe. There are about 95,000 inhabitants in Karlstad municipality and 140,000 in the Karlstad region.

    The E18 road between Stockholm and Oslo and the E45/E6 road from Gothenburg both go through the city.


    • Karlstad Airport 17 km
    • Gothenburg: Landvetter Airport 284 km
    • Stockholm: Arlanda Airport 314 km
    • Oslo: Gardermoen Airport 223 km

    From Karlstad it’s 2.5 hours by train to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo, and it's a 2.5 hours flight to Frankfurt. Karlstad–Stockholm/Arlanda is one hour by air. 

    Almost 8 million people live within 3.5 hours drive from Karlstad.

    Sports, culture and activities

    Sport is an important factor in Karlstad, and home to the elite ice-hockey team Färjestad, WRC Rally Sweden, Olympic medal winners in athletics and World Champion curling teams. Culturally, the city stages concerts with international artists, musical- and opera performances, and art exhibitions. Karlstad CCC, where the WCC is going to take place, is a state-of-the-art facility, beautifully situated on the banks of the Klarälvenriver. Congresses, conferences, exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances are arranged here all year round.

    Karlstad has 250 km of cycle paths and cycle travel has increased by 30 percent in the last ten years. We are ranked as one of Sweden's best municipalities for cycling. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 Karlstad won the title Best bicycling-promoting medium-sized municipality in the benchmarking study ”Kommunvelometern” which is carried out by Cykelfrämjandet, the Swedish national cycling advocacy organisation.

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