cycling industry news)
A European Parliament think tank has published a 27-page document recommending that the European Commission consider a coordinated approach to developing
cycling for transport across the EU.
The Moving Cycling Forward report, written by the Marketa Pope of the European Parliamentary Research Service, concludes that the Commission could strengthen effective delivery of cycling provision by “means of a strategic document which covers all the areas that impact on cycling in one text.”
At present, no cycling strategy exists at EU level.
The recommendation looks at cycling’s pros and cons from a number of angles in justifying its position; detailing fiscal incentives, road safety data, health and tourism benefits, congestion, emissions and plenty more.
Some particularly notable points include:
- job creation, something for which cycling produces more than even the motoring industry.
- Public health: The World Health Oragnisation’s recommendation to build for active travel has been cited here. A reduction in illnesses related to a sedentary lifestyle is a key factor in saving economies money, according to numerous sources. A cross department strategy that factors this in is encouraged. Cities can now self asses the economic benefit of cycling’s health benefits by using the World Health Organisation’s Health Economic Assessment Tool.
- Congestion is costing Europe around 1% of its GDP per year at €100 billlion. Reducing car use has a knock on effect on lost working hours, wasted fuel and plenty more
- Noise reduction: Road traffic is responsible for the majority of noise pollution in Europe, which reduces quality of life in urban areas.
- Cycling as part of an education: This suggestion points to evidence that children who cycle can become less car dependent in later life, thus reducing congestion and upping levels of fitness in adults.
To read the Moving Cycling Forward report in full, click here.