Developing Guidance for Cycling Projects in the EU

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 09 Mar 2018

The European Commission (DG MOVE) has recently commissioned a study to produce guidelines to help promote cycling in the EU.  Ricardo Energy & Environment, along with partners TEPR and FGM-AMOR are preparing case studies and guidelines that will foster the implementation of cycling infrastructure (and other) measures that are appropriate to the local context of cities.  

Each city has different fundamental characteristics that affect the appropriate level and type of action required to promote and support cycling; such as size, climate, topography and population.  Therefore, conclusions on the effectiveness and efficiency of specific measures and lessons learned in one city will need to be assessed in terms of transferability to other cities.

The study team will engage with up to 20 EU cities, interviewing representatives from the local authorities involved in the design and implementation of cycling measures.  The team will also speak with representatives of local cycling associations, and other experts involved in the implementation of EU projects.

The project team hope to engage with the following cities;

  • Košice (Slovakia)
  • Burgas (Bulgaria)
  • Trikala (Greece)
  • Gdansk (Poland)
  • Nijmegen (Netherlands)
  • Slatina (Romania)
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Tallinn (Estonia)
  • Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)
  • Agueda (Portugal)
  • Bolzano (Italy)
  • Bregenz (Austria)
  • La Rochelle (France)
  • Brighton (United Kingdom)
  • Malmö (Sweden)
  • Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Seville (Spain)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Brussels (Belgium)

The project will then develop a set of case studies giving examples of successful implementation of cycling measures in different contexts.  Case studies will be complemented with a single, coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that enable users to identify the most relevant measures for their situation.  It is anticipated that a draft of the guidebook will be available for testing in Autumn 2018, with the study concluding in December 2018.

If you wish to participate in the study - or would like more information, please contact Charlotte Brannigan.

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