LIFE CYCLE aims at combining the goals of health professionals with those of transport experts: to increase people's level of physical activity on the one hand with a higher modal share of sustainable transport on the other hand. Cycling is the cutting point that combines these two groups' interests in a common approach. LIFE CYCLE promotes cycling as the life-long way of moving – from early childhood to retirement.
Using approaches from local to national levels, LIFE CYCLE implemented 15 successful cycling promotion projects with more than 30,000 participants aged 6 to 86 taking part. These included: kindergarten programmes for the youngest; school actions to communicate the fun of cycling to pupils; bike to work campaigns based on health and monetary advantages; as well as actions encouraging seniors and convalescent patients to cycle for health reasons.
LIFE CYCLE's main product is its Implementation Manual "How to run a cycling action". It describes in four simple steps how to establish a programme to foster life-long cycling by giving interested municipalities and cycling associations the experiences and tips derived from the project. The Implementation Manual includes a chapter describing how to create your own programme by using the example of a notional municipality!
LIFE CYCLE is co-funded by DG SANCO in the Public Health Programme.
Download the LIFE CYCLE Implementation Manual here.
Scan through the LIFE CYCLE actions here.