Czech Cycling Federation Founded
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – It was one of the few European countries missing a national, non-profit cycling organization representing bicycle users. That made representatives of the main cycling NGO’s lead by Nadace Partnerství decided to join forces and establish a new Czech cycling federation.
“Based on our experience with the ECF and its member organizations we want to change the situation and establish nation-wide cycling federation representing the members of funding NGOs,” says Daniel Mourek from Brno based Nadace Partnerství.
The signing ceremony in Brno was part of the Leadership program supported by ECF in order to bring the existing cycling member groups from major Czech and Moravian cities together. Prior to the signing of a common Memorandum, Alec Hager of Austria’s partner organization RadLobby Österreich was the keynote speaker at the seminar. The Austrian, Polish and Ukrainian NGO’s were used as best practices for creating the Czech cycling federation.
The memorandum was signed by representatives of Prague based Auto*Mat, Brno based ‘Brno na kole’, Hradec Králové based Hradecká stezka and others focusing on urban cycling as well by Nadace Partnerství, Klub českých turistů and ČeMBA which are dealing mainly with cycle tourism and MTB.
The main goals of the Czech Cycling federation will be lobbying in favour of bicycle users and cycle tourists on national level, networking and implementation of common campaigns such as ‘By bike to work’, ‘Safe routes to schools’, ‘Shopping by bike’, the use of cargo bikes and the promotion of events.
The exchange of ideas will be conducted by organizing biannual conferences and workshops in collaboration with the cycling industry based on the Austrian cycle competence centre or the model of ECF’s Cycling Industry Club.