Many European countries and cities, like Paris, are known for their strong biking culture and … [+] AFP via Getty Images Many European cities and countries are known for their strong biking culture and infrastructure that make it fun and safe to visit, and improve health, lower congestion and create more liveable cities for residents.
A new resolution – just passed by the European Parliament – aims to make it even better. Cycling is planned to double on the continent in coming years.
“This important resolution, which reflects many of our longstanding advocacy and policy demands, represents a key milestone for cycling,” Jill Warren, chief executive of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), said in a statement when the news was announced on Thursday. “We applaud the entire European Parliament for adopting an EU Cycling Strategy that can unlock cycling’s potential to enable more people to cycle – and to cycle more safely – all across Europe.”
Ms. Warren, whose umbrella group is based in Brussels with more than 60 member organizations in over 40 countries, and advocates at other cycling associations, including Cycling Industries Europe (CIE), the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) and the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) are calling the political declaration “historic.”
The resolution, adopted almost unanimously in Strasbourg, calls for the European Commission along with EU member states to develop a cycling strategy to double the number of kilometers cycled in Europe by 2030 and sets out a 17-point action plan that includes a range of recommendations, […]
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