Political Attention for Sustainable2Wheels Event
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The fourth edition of Sustainable2Wheels, which took place September 18, draws more and more attention from EU politicians every year. The event takes place during the European Mobility Week on the Esplanade of the European Parliament.
“Our aim is to sensitize European policymakers for 2Wheels and assure greater attention for bicycles, electric bicycles, scooters and motorcycles in European policies,” says Annick Roetynck Secretary General of ETRA who is organizing the Sustainable2Wheels event.
Members of Parliament
This year, Sustainable2Wheels welcomed more members of the European Parliament and representatives of the European Commission. They came to learn about the latest 2Wheel technology as well as to enter into dialogue with the representatives of the national trade associations. Besides the Dutch dealer association BOVAG, there were also representatives of the Belgian, Danish and French dealer associations.
The event also hosted two well-attended political debates. First, Vice-President of the European Parliament Isabelle Durant and the Bulgarian MEP Preslav Borissov entered into discussion with a representative of the European Commission, a representative of the 2Wheel sector and a researcher on the role of 2Wheels in European environmental policy. In the second debate MEPs Brian Simpson and Michael Cramer talked with the other panelists on 2Wheels in urban transport policy.
“Two very recent results of the demand for more attention for 2Wheels in European policies can be found in the 7th Environmental Action Program and in the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure,” explains Annick Roetynck. “In the Commission’s proposal for the 7th Environmental Action Program, there was no mention at all of 2Wheels. The European Parliament has introduced an amendment aimed at recognizing the role 2Wheels can play in making transport more environmentally-friendly. The Directive on the deployment of the alternative fuels infrastructure is aimed at speeding up the deployment of charging infrastructure for electric cars. In the original proposal, the Commission had not included charging infrastructure for electric 2Wheels. Here too, the European Parliament has tabled an amendment aimed at filling the gap.”
Bicycle industry exhibitors
The most loyal Sustainable2Wheels’ exhibitor Buzaglo was once again present. So far, the Benelux distributor of Dahon folding bikes has not missed one edition of the event. First time exhibitors were among them Hero Eco with A2B , Klever Mobility, Schwalbe and Shimano.
ETRA was particularly delighted with the participation of the Bovag Electric Cycling Team. Ex-professional Henk Lubberding and his assistants patiently advised visitors how they could ride their bicycles, electric or not, in a better and safer way.
The motorcycle industry was also represented by the European umbrella association ACEM who brought along seven members. They showed their PTW developments for urban traffic.