How the Dutch love for cycling is benefitting the nation
The famous Dutch obsession with bicycles has clearly paid off – a recent study by Dr.Elliot Fisherman, Dr. Paul Schepers, and Dr. Carlijn Kamphuis has found that, due to cycling, about 11 000 deaths are prevented each year in the Netherlands and Dutch people have half a year longer life expectancy than the average European.
Last week the growing Portuguese bicycle cluster gathered at the University of Aveiro where Professor José Carlos Mota and the national bicycle industry representative, Paulo Monteiro Rodrigues, coordinated various panels, joining Portugal's bicycle planning specialists, the three national cycling associations (FPC – sports, FPCUB - cycletourism and cyslists, and MUBi - urban bicycle mobility), university researchers, infrastructure authorities and cycling tourism and industry representatives. The result was an enriching discussion including a series of conclusions and objectives defined for the near future.
Tuesday evening 29 July, a warm summer evening in Brussels, time to test the new pedestrian zone on my way home from work. What strikes immediately is the positive vibe that made me feel good instantly! People talk, play (not only the kids), stroll, eat, drink, sit or simply watch and smile. I saw a lot of smiles yesterday evening.
The Latvian Presidency of the EU ended in Riga with the hosting of the TEN-T Days to discuss the latest developments and opportunities for the trans-European transportation network. ECF as the coordinator of EuroVelo presented the opportunities that investments in cycling offer for Europe. One of the visitors of the EuroVelo booth was the European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.