Cycling tourism in the spotlight – panel discussion with OECD and UNWTO leaders at the ITF
Cycling has a great place at the International Transport Forum 2015 Annual Summit: it was mentioned more than ever. State secretaries highlighted its health benefits and contribution to climate action. In addition, cycling is an engine for sustainable tourism but it could do more if it would receive more financial support and if it would be integrated more in transport planning.
In the past month the UK Supreme Court ordered the British government to submit a new air quality plan to the European Commission by the end of this year. Air pollution is hot issue in the country, there have been several experiments how to improve air quality but there are numerous foreign examples - such as in Berlin - where effective plans are in place.
ECF launched a think tank on EU Roadmap for Cycling
On 19th May the European Cyclists’ Federation launched a think tank comprising of several stakeholder groups to gather ideas on an EU Roadmap for Cycling. There were many issues discussed at the meeting with participants actively engaging in the brainstorming sessions too.
SWITCH from car to Active Transport is healthy for mind and body
A systematic review of studies on active transportation showed evidence that a mode shift to active transport resulted in reductions in all-cause mortality, CVD, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, cancer, falls or impaired mental health.