EU Cycling Strategy Handover at Velo-city Conference
BRUSSELS, Belgium – On June 16 at the Velo-city conference 2017 the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) will hand over the newly developed EU Cycling Strategy Recommendations to Commissioner Bulc. On the same day the ECF will send a public letter to the Commission with the request to put the development of an EU Cycling Strategy into the Commission Work Programme 2018 or subsequent initiatives.
Exactly one year ago, EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc asked the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) to identify the EU’s real added value in improving cycling conditions and to demonstrate that these ideas are supported by a wide set of stakeholders.
Recommendations for Green Growth and an Effective Mobility System
Over the past few months the ECF’s campaign team of the EU Cycling Strategy Expert Group, with input from approximately a 1,000 stakeholders (NGOs, academics, businesses and cities) from 37 countries, have worked hard to create this 11 chapters long EU Cycling Strategy. It contains recommendations directed at the EU, national, regional and local level which, if implemented, will improve conditions to get more people cycling and enlarging the co-benefits and added value of cycling in Europe.
Encompasses all facets of cycling advocacy
These EU Cycling Strategy recommendations encompass all facets cycling advocates and Europe’s cycling community strive for, for cycling to have an equal status in EU policy equivalent to other modes, to grow cycle use by 50% at an average across the EU, to halve rates for killed and seriously injured cyclists, and to double EU investments in cycle projects in the next financial period 2021 – 2027.
The cycling strategy addresses behaviour change, cycle friendly infrastructure, vehicle regulation, multimodality and intelligent transport system, a financial and fiscal level playing field, the European bicycle industry, governance and finally, monitoring and evaluation. A detailed overview of the benefits of cycling and its relation to the Sustainable Development Goals are set out in two annexes.
Although the document is finished and in the Commission’s hands, the official adoption is still very much open for discussion and influenced by political pressures. Regardless of the next steps, the recommendations formulated are an excellent basis to continue to grow cycling in Europe for many years to come.