• Health and environment,
  • News,
  • 06.07.2015

How the Dutch love for cycling is benefitting the nation

The famous Dutch obsession with bicycles has clearly paid off – a recent study by Elliot Fishman, Paul Schepers, and 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. While there More

  • Bicycle economics, Bike sharing, EuroVelo, Intermodality,
  • Guest Post, News,

Portugal’s Silent Pedal Revolution

  Last week the growing Portuguese bicycle cluster gathered at the University of Aveiro (UA) 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, national More

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  • Car-free streets, Urban Mobility,
  • News,
  • 01.07.2015

Tested: Brussels new pedestrian zone

Tuesday evening 30 June, 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 More

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  • EuroVelo,
  • News,
  • 29.06.2015

EuroVelo at the TEN-T Days in Riga

The Latvian Presidency of the European Union 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, the European cycle route network presented the opportunities that investments in cycling offer for Europe and what kind of new More

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  • Air quality,
  • News,
  • 26.06.2015

Fight for Cleaner Air for Cyclists and All Citizens

  It is almost summer, time when the European Institutions’ activities are not as intense as the rest of the year. But before going off on holidays, Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health & Food Safety Committee have an important vote to take. The EU is currently looking to set new limits for air More

  • Bicycle economics, Cycling Industry club, Jobs, Velo-city,
  • News,
  • 25.06.2015

French Bike Manufacturing: An Astonishing Comeback Story

At the margins of the Velo-city conference in Nantes, an ECF delegation was invited to visit the Manufacture française du cycle (MFC) in Machecoul, a small town close to the Atlantic coast. What they discovered there was a brilliant example of how the bike sector can contribute to innovation, industrial renaissance and job creation in More

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The Road to Paris 2015 – ECF gears up

ECF prepares for the UN Climate Change Conference (the COP21) in Paris in December this year. We emphasize the key role cycling plays in making the transport sector more sustainable and in the overall fight against climate change. “Road transport has to be an accelerator in meeting our 2030 climate targets” – Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič More

Bicycle traffic light
  • Climate change, Health and environment,

Decarbonising urban transport – hop onto two wheels!

ECF recently responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) for 2021-2030. The ESD is a system of targets for EU Member States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in mainly three sectors – transport, buildings and agriculture – which together account for 60% of all emissions. The ESD sets different More

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  • News,

FLOW Project: Linking walking and cycling with congestion reduction

  Cycling and walking measures are often regarded negatively in cities traffic departments. The perception is often that more cycling and walking facilities would increase congestion. But that is because current traffic models don’t take these active transport modes into account correctly (eg. a cyclist counts for half a car in the traffic model world). More

Think thank meeting
  • Cycling Industry club,
  • 16.06.2015

Cycling industry has a place in policy advocacy

Cycling’s reach is remarkable. It transcends numerous policy issues such as transport, infrastructure, taxation, tourism and technical standards, all of which are also relevant for the cycling industry. Advocacy work serves a common interest for all cycling stakeholders: Having cycling integrated into policy-making and unlocking funding for cycling projects and infrastructure benefits both the cyclists More