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Walking and cycling are the cleanest and most efficient forms of transport, particularly suited for short to moderate distances. Both provide numerous benefits. They improve health, do not produce air or noise pollution and help to reduce congestion.

Introducing cycling infrastructure (e.g. bike lanes, bike parking and hire schemes) are ways in which cities can promote cycling, while creating pedestrian-friendly spaces can promote commuting, shopping and recreation.

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By Hannah Figg / Updated: 18 Feb 2019

Guidance on increasing cycling in Europe will soon be available

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A pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion will be published in the autumn of 2019. The aspiration of the Plan is to double the amount of cycling in the pan-European region, which consists of the 54 countries covered by the European region of the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). For many of these countries, once completed the guidance will be the first step in promoting cycling at the national level.

Currently, the Master Plan is in draft form and contains five policy objectives that it would like to see met by 2030:

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 06 Feb 2019
By Bronwen Thornton / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

Walk21 Rotterdam CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

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Now is the time to submit your ideas, papers and projects for the foremost global event about walking in Rotterdam. The event theme is; PUTTING PEDESTRIANS FIRST: Smart, Healthy and for Everyone! The submission deadline for the Call for Contributions is 22 February 2019

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By Ella Andrew / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

Cycling in Europe: Celebrating success in a Champion city - Malmö, Sweden

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The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has produced guidance to support the design and implementation of cycling projects in Member States. This new guidance builds on existing city and national-level information to provide a coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that will be relevant to a range of different cities and environments.  

By Ella Andrew / Updated: 06 Feb 2019
By Ella Andrew / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

Cycling in Europe: Celebrating success in a starter city - Águeda, Portugal

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The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has produced guidance to support the design and implementation of cycling projects in the Member States. This new guidance builds on the existing city and national-level information to provide a coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that will be relevant to a range of different cities and environments.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 04 Feb 2019

European Parliament calls for no liability insurance for electric bikes

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The European Parliament is calling for there to be no mandatory liability insurance for pedal-assisted bikes, such as low-power pedelecs. In agreeing its position, Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee rejected a proposal by the European Commission that such vehicles should be subject to mandatory liability insurance.

By Bronwen Thornton / Updated: 04 Feb 2019

Walk21 Rotterdam 2019 | 7-10 October 2019 | Rotterdam, The Netherlands

PUTTING PEDESTRIANS FIRST: Smart, Healthy and for Everyone!

From 7-10 October 2019 the City of Rotterdam will be hosting the 20th issue of Walk21 – The International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities.

Join the Walk21 conference for its first European issue in four years!

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

'Hike It, Bike It, Like It' - Dublin's smarter travel project

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Rolled out in 2012, the smarter travel project ‘Hike It, Bike It, Like It’ has encouraged the local community of Drimnagh (a Dublin City suburb with more than 12 000 people) to actively acknowledge and adapt how they travel, encouraging more sustainable transport modes. It has been recognised nationally with two 2013 awards and internationally with the Energy Globe award.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 01 Feb 2019

Austrian Cycling Summit 2019

The 12th edition of the Austrian Cycling Summit is going to take place in Graz from 27-29th May 2019. The Styrian cycling capital Graz invites you to participate and exchange knowledge and experience with national and international experts during these three days. The geographical focus of this cycling-summit is on the D-A-CH region and CEE countries. However, speakers and participants from other countries are more than welcome.