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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 TASN / Updated: 17 Oct 2019

Why is the difference in cycling between Copenhagen and Stockholm so substantial?

Why is there such a remarkable difference in the cycling levels between the two Scandinavian capital cities of Copenhagen and Stockholm? The two cities are generally considered to be culturally close but show clear differences with respect to cycling policies and infrastructure.

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By rswa178 / Updated: 10 Oct 2019

Europe's sustainable transport trailblazers revealed at CIVITAS Awards 2019

On 3 October at the CIVITAS Forum in Graz, the cities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bremen (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden) and Vinnytsia (Ukraine) walked away with Europe’s most prestigious prizes for clean, green mobility.

These cities were the deserving recipients of this year's CIVITAS Awards. The awards were given for the most ambitious initiative, exemplary citizen engagement, creating a high-impact legacy through CIVITAS involvement, and transforming a city into a more liveable environment.

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By Ella Andrew / Updated: 16 Sep 2019

Cargobikes to play a key role in future urban freight

A study by the University of Southampton, funded by courier firm Citysprint, has found that cargo bikes complete urban delivery jobs up to 50% faster than small vans during peak weekday times.

In addition to this, smartphone data from cyclists delivering meals via courier service, Deliveroo, found that cycling was a faster mode than motorised transport (i.e. cars and motorbikes) when operating in cities. Deliveroo stated that 'in some areas over a given period, the average travel time can be far shorter for cyclists than for scooters'.

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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 16 Sep 2019

Video message by Commissioner Violeta Bulc for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019

Message by Violeta Bulc, Member of the European Commission in charge of Transport, on the occasion of EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019. This year's campaign focuses on 'safe walking and cycling' and the ways active mobility can benefit our health, environment, and bank balances.

To view and download the video with subtitles in other official EU languages, visit the European Commission's Audio Visual Services

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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 23 Sep 2019

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019: promoting walking and cycling for better towns and cities

The 18th edition of EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK started on 16 September 2019. Almost 3,000 towns and cities from around 50 countries will join with their activities promoting safe walking and cycling with the call to action “Walk with us!”.
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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 13 Sep 2019

The positive influence of the SUMP on travel behaviour in Bremen (short video)

Dr. Joachim Lohse, Bremen’s Senator for Environment, Urban Development and Mobility explains how Bremen have managed mobility in Bremen, encouraging active travel over the use of private vehicles - and promoting the use of car sharing schemes as an alternative to private vehicle ownership.

This 45-second video is accompanied by a longer video with additional details. 

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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 14 Oct 2019

The positive influence of the SUMP on travel behaviour in Bremen (long video)

The city of Bremen Bremen has managed to fulfil EU Air Quality requirements and has the lowest concentration of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) compared to other large German cities. 

In addition, Bremen has the highest cycling mode share of large German cities, focusing the objectives of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan to shift priority to cyclists. As a result, the city achieves an active travel mode share of 23%. In total, private vehicles only account for 36% of modal share with the majority of journeys carried out using active travel modes (48%) or on public transport (16%).

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By Hannah Figg / Updated: 09 Sep 2019

Transport for London reveals vast cycling infrastructure database

A new Cycling Infrastructure Database, which is the 'world's largest', has been made available by Transport for London (TfL) with the aim of making cycling in the city more straightforward and to better enable individuals to find information that fits their needs.

In order to develop the database, all streets across every London borough were surveyed by TfL. The 240,000 pieces of cycling infrastructure on which data were collated includes:

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By rswa178 / Updated: 29 Aug 2019
By Hannah Figg / Updated: 27 Aug 2019

Cycling is now an integral component of Dutch Climate Policy

In order to address the increasing threat from climate change, the Dutch government has presented its Climate Agreement, which includes cycling as an integral element.

Temperatures in the Netherlands reached record highs this June (40.7°C – two degrees higher than the past record from 1944). Climate scientists are in agreement that such weather extremes will increase as a result of climate change and will be more severe than previously.

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