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ECF Launches European Cycling Barometer

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VIENNA, Austria – The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) launches a new benchmarking report which provides a multi-dimensional view on cycling in all 27 EU countries.

ECF Launches European Cycling Barometer
The first overview of cycling behavior in Europe: the ECF Cycling Barometer. - Photo ECF

ECF Cycling Barometer Project Manager Chloe Mispelon said “The main purpose of launching the ECF Cycling Barometer today is to get people talking about international comparisons in cycling. We are constantly asked which countries in Europe are ‘best for cycling’. The ECF Cycling Barometer is our way of prompting a debate around five dimensions of cycling we are prioritizing.”

EU Horizon 2020

“We are confident in our results which show a strong correlation with other data and knowledge about cycling but we call on the EU Horizon 2020 research program to establish data that is updated and maintained through to 2020.”

“The barometer shows that we really need reliable statistics on cycling in the EU to enable governments and advocates to assess progress on cycling and to allow collaborative working between countries to improve cycling for European citizens.”

Difficult to compare

Up to now, it was considered difficult to compare European countries and the state of their cycling across numerous fields. Different national statistics and lack of data make it hard to be certain about the cycling record of each country.

Uniquely the ECF Cycling Barometer took five verifiable EU-wide surveys and therefore eliminated different treatments given to cycling in EU member states. The countries are then given points according to their rank in each field and all points are summed to get a final score.

The overall results are:

Rank       Country

  1. Denmark
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland
  4. Germany
  5. Belgium
  6. Austria
  7. Hungary
  8. Slovakia
  9. UK
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