Bike theft in the European Union continues to threaten the success of change towards a sustainable urban mobility plan. To lower carbon emissions in the transport sector, follow the objectives established by the European Green Deal, and reach the ambitious title of first climate neutral continent by 2050, Europeans need to be on bikes more than cars.
With the Covid-19 crises, the challenges brought by congestion in European cities, and the rising cost of energy in recent times making this environmentally friendly mode of transport more attractive and relevant than ever, the EU has noticed a considerable increase in cycling. Bicycles are not just expanded leisure vehicles anymore. They are becoming a lot of people’s main mean of transportation, even if they own a car. It’s becoming a high valuable piece of property. Philip Amaral, Policy & Development Director for European Cyclists’ Federation Cycling brings better health, less roadblock, and a positive impact on the economy. It’s sustainable and efficient and an integral part of the European history and culture. It deserves as much political, financial, and public attention in the EU as other modes of transport. Then again, with theft being the number one obstacle to have more people on bikes, why is it so difficult to raise interest to the matter at an EU level?
On June 8 th , the Press Club in Brussels held a conference titled “Towards a theft-free EU for bikes and micro-mobility”, to discuss how this menace demands better response from policymakers, law enforcement, […]