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PRESTO: lessons learned

By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The European PRESTO cycling project has summarised its main achievements from 33 months of experience and practical knowledge in building cycling cultures in five European cities: Bremen, Grenoble, Tczew, Venice and Zagreb. These cities have different cycling conditions, modal splits, starting situations and local challenges.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” model for making cities cycle-friendly. Not all tools and measures that work well in one city will have the same impact – or even the same priority – in another city. Good practices from other cities can rarely simply be copied, but need to be adapted to local context. This means that the development of cycling policy needs to start with a thorough understanding of the local traffic situation, destinations, needs and desires, culture and attitudes of each city. Each city must set out a vision, create a strategy and find its own balance between infrastructure and promotional activities.

One thing, however, is universal: the importance of monitoring results along the way to see whether, and what, progress is being made.

The PRESTO project wants other parties to benefit from its experience. To this end, a document has been prepared which sums up the project’s main recommendations for different aspects of cycling infrastructure, cycling and pedelecs promotion, structured by “starter”, “climber” and “champion” cycling cities. It is intended for local and regional authorities across Europe, bicycle retailers, European institutions and NGOs, or anyone who is working on building a cycling culture

The Eltis tools section offers the PRESTO “Lessons Learnt Brochure” as well as “Implementing cycling policies”.
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