Velo-city in Nantes: "European Biking Cities" presents brochure, meets with MEP Michael Cramer and mayor of Strasbourg

The European Biking Cities project yesterday presented its concluding brochure at the international Velo-city conference in Nantes. It contains good practice examples on promoting cycling in the European Biking Cities partners Bolzano, Brighton & Hove, Mannheim, Potsdam, Strasbourg and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The brochure is the result of a two year long exchange project coordinated by the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD).

The chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, MEP Michael Cramer who spoke at the opening of the Velo-city explains in the publication why such a dialogue between cities is becoming more important:

“Protecting citizens from air pollutants is an important political objective of the European Union. Violations of EU limit values in European cities must be met with determined and effective measures. One of the most important measures has to be the promotion of cycling. Therefore we need projects like European Biking Cities that strengthen the European dialogue on successful cycling policies.”

The mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries also spoke at the Velo-city opening and demonstrated the high relevance that promoting cycling has for France's leading cycling city. In a meeting with the European Biking Cities partners, he said:

“Participating in the European Biking Cities project was a great opportunity for Strasbourg to share knowledge and build a network with other European cities with successful cycling policies. As a European capital this kind of European exchange and mutual inspiration among cities is very important for us.”

The collection of good practice examples in the projects concluding brochure aims at inspiring also other cities beyond the European Biking Cities network. It covers the topics ‘cohabitation of cyclists and pedestrians’ and ‘bike parking’ which are classic issues for promoting cycling in every city. The third topic ‘cargo bikes in commercial transport’ is rather new in most cities but has great potential. The project's webpage offers additional in-depth background material on the good practice examples.

To receive printed versions of the brochure or for any further requests please contact European Biking Cities project manager Arne Behrensen.

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