European Commission Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, who is leading the European Commission’s Green Deal activities, has highlighted the importance of cycling to deliver the ambitious targets of the EU Green Deal during a round table discussion with selected mayors and transport ministers held on 30 October 2020.
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.