The Charter of Vancouver is a document outlining the important connection between children and cycling, and is based on the United Nations 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Charter is designed to recognize children's rights worldwide, the special ability of cycling to enshrine them, and a commitment from the signatories to call for the adoption of goals, policies, and practices toward cycling, as a means to further recognize and promote the rights of children.
The Charter of Vancouver on Children and Cycling will be signed on June 29, 2012 during the Velo-city Global 2012 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, along with ECF President Manfred Neun, are amongst the expected signatories.
At Velo-city Global 2012, children and cycling are the foundation of one of the conference's major themes, Empowering People and Inclusivity. Conference delegates can expect sessions focusing on incorporating cycling education into school curriculums, promoting youth engagement in alternative transport planning and transportation decision making, as well as best practices for bike-to-school programs.