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Happy commuters
  • Health and environment,
  • 01.10.2014

Scientific study: “an active commuter is a happier person”

Image courtesy of ‘Bilobicles Bag’ Flickr gallery Some of our readers might recall a story that we broke last week on our social media pages: a scientific study has just been published asserting a link has been found between active travel and psychological well-being. This in itself is nothing new – there is a wide More

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  • SLoCaT, World Cycling Alliance,
  • 29.09.2014

More cycling on the agenda: our permanent mission to the UN

Report from ECF’s and WCA’s Secretary General Bernhard Ensink on the UN Climate Summit in New York.  While countries have their permanent missions to the UN in New York City, ECF has its own special kind of ‘permanent mission’: More cycling on the agenda of the UN and other global institutions, such as the World More

contraflow
  • Standards and technical issues,
  • 26.09.2014

ECF member FIAB wages battle to legalize contraflow in Italy

During European Mobility Week, an informal meeting of the 28 European Ministers of Transport took place in Milan. The question was raised if Italy is really promoting the daily use of bicycle in its cities. The Italian Parliament is presently discussing a package of reforms of the Road Code which should encourage sustainable mobility. However, More

MEP cycle tour welcome
  • Cycling Forum Europe,
  • News,
  • 24.09.2014

MEPs cycle through Brussels to support cycling advocacy

ECF took some members of the European Parliament on a Brussels cycle tour yesterday. Nice weather and VIP guide made the pre-launch of Cycling Forum Europe a colorful and informal meet up of cycling enthusiasts. The MEPs Anneli Jäätteenmäki (Finland), Jeppe Kofod (Denmark), Dario Tamburrano (Italy), Seán Kelly (Ireland) and Florent Marcellesi (Spain), their assistants More

Directvisionlorry
  • Road safety,
  • News,
  • 23.09.2014

Direct-Vision Lorries could save hundreds of cyclists’ lives

#SaferLorriesNow An 80cm longer cab with a rounded nose, smaller dashboard, expanded glazed areas and a slightly lower driver position could drastically reduce fatal blind spots [1] around the lorry cab, a new study by the Loughborough Design School [2] reveals. The ‘Direct Vision’ lorry concept would increase the driver’s field of view in front More

pedelec battery
  • Standards and technical issues,
  • 22.09.2014

New EU WEEE Directive and pedelec users

Bike Europe has reported that 17 out of the 28 EU countries have implemented the new WEEE Directive on the collection and recycling on waste of electrical and electronic equipment[1].What has this got to do with bikes you ask? Well pedelecs which are currently keeping the bicycle industry full steam ahead during these financially difficult More

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  • Cycling Industry club,
  • 15.09.2014

Cycling advocacy grows stronger as new members join ECF’s Cycling Industry Club

CIC has been on a constant growing curb over the last few years. This trend is gaining new impetus after ECF’s recent work on Green Jobs and cycling-friendly Fiscal Incentives which garnered enthusiastic responses during the latest ECF Advocacy Summit. New CIC members Primal Europe, leading designer and manufacturer of cycling apparel, was one of More

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  • Intermodality,
  • 11.09.2014

City visit Groningen: the historical path of the best cycling city in the Netherlands

For anyone who thinks that the Dutch bicycle culture has always been there and is impossible to replicate, read this story about the path Groningen followed, paving the way for a 60% modal share in cycling. In the 60s and 70s, the northern Dutch city of Groningen (200,000 inhabitants) had to deal with a growing number More

  • Bicycle economics, Bike sharing, Cities for Cyclists, CYCLElogistics,
  • Event,
  • 09.09.2014

ECF Workshops: Register now to make more cycling cities!

Two workshops, one mission:  increase cycling in urban areas. ECF organises this double initiative alongside Eurocities, one of the most prestigious network of cities in Europe, the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and the European Commission.  Venice, 1st October: Supporting cycling for livable cities How do we increase the modal split of cycling in European cities? The conference More

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  • Mobility,
  • 08.09.2014

Will ‘travel time reliability’ be the new focal point of transport policy?

‘Congestion’ and how to alleviate it often dominates the discussion in the transport arena. However, this may not be the case any longer: International Transport Forum (ITF) holds a strong plea to make ’travel time reliability’ an equally important transport topic. The reason: its costs may rival that of congestion. We all know it from More