Cycling Gets a Big Boost in the EU

December 19th, 2012

bike-cycle-path-signs-001Cycling as a form of general transport has just got a big boost in the European Union. The European Tourism and Transport Committee has voted to include cycling as part of the multi-billion Euro Trans-European Transport Network.

This means that cycling is now part of the general transport funding pool, potentially opening billions of Euro for the building of cycling infrastructure.

A result of intense lobbying from the European Cyclists Federation, the new Guidelines will go towards the building of bicycle lanes, bridges, and the planned EuroVelo routes as an integrated part of Europe’s transport solution, rather than an afterthought as is the case in many other parts of the world.

Parts of Europe already have very high cycling rates by the general population, with resulting lower rates of obesity, cardiac disease and greenhouse gas emissions. The new resolution will cement Europe’s place as leading the world in sustainable transport.

Entry Filed under: Bicycle Infrastructure,News


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