The winner was selected by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) team at the Velo- City Conference in Seville, Spain which took place in March 2011. Michael Meschik submitted a paper on the results of a comprehensive study regarding “Costs of bicycle traffic for the overall economy - Comparing Bicycle and Car Traffic in Vienna” which he presented at the conference.
The justification for the award was summarised by Dr. Bernhard Ensink of the ECF as follows: “This contribution to the program of the Velo-city 2011 conference fitted very well to the slogan of the conference: The Cycle of Life, and to the opening speech of ECF President Manfred Neun, who spoke on ‘The cycling economy’. In the history of the Velo-City conference series a lot of statements have been made since the first edition in 1980. But we still need good scientific based studies on the benefits of cycling, on the contribution of the cycling economy to the whole economy. We need more studies on what cycling means for society.”
The abstract as well as the presentation of the winning paper can be found by clicking on the items. For more information and other papers from the conference, which will be posted soon, go to the Velo-City website.
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