»European Biking Cities« - Cycling for Clean Air

Brochure "European Biking Cities - Good practices on cycling promotion"
Brochure "European Biking Cities - Good practices on cycling promotion" - download below
"European Biking Cities"
Map: VCD; based on: Hayden120 and NuclearVacuum [CC BY-SA 3.0orGFDL],via Wikimedia Commons

The European Biking Cities project of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) aimed at promoting active cycling policies of European cities by learning from each other. Six cities with ambitious cycling policies formed the European Biking Cities network in 2013:

Key result of the project is the brochure "European Biking Cities - good practices on cycling promotion from six pioneering European cities" (download PDF, 3,64 MB). It has been presented in June 2015 at the international Velo-city conference in Nantes. The good practice examples cover three main topics and are presented with additional background material here:

Cycling promotion and urban air quality

MEP Michael Cramer, current chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, explains in the European Biking Cities brochure, why a European dialogue on cycling policies is necessary: 

"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 particular potential of cycling for improving urban air quality is shown in the  study Cycling and Urban Air Quality (download PDF, 7,2 MB) of the European Cyclists' Federation from January 2015 and is subject of a current research project at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.

Project manager European Biking Cities:
Wasilis von Rauch (2013 - 2014)
Arne Behrensen (Jan. - Aug. 2015)


"European Biking Cities - good practices on cycling promotion from six pioneering European cities" (40 pages), download PDF (3,62 MB), order print copies

Project news:


Sept. 4, 2015

After a Clean Air study trip for journalists, media articles across Europe praise the Basque capital city Vitoria-Gasteiz as a positive role model. "In just ten years Vitoria has completely transformed itself from a car-dominated, polluted city to one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly in Europe .... more

June 6, 2015

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 .... more

May 13, 2015

The 2014 mobility survey for the Basque capital city Vitoria-Gasteiz shows the city's share of cycling has almost doubled in three years. From 6.8% in 2011 it rose to 12.3% in 2014. This is the highest confirmed mode share of cycling in a Spanish city and a great success for the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz that is a partner of the European Biking Cities project. .. more

March 10, 2015

The six cities forming the European Biking Cities project met in Brighton & Hove for an intense working meeting on March 5 and 6. The group discussed the potential of cargo bikes in urban fright transport... more

European Biking Cities Project : Conference and project meeting in Strasbourg

The municipality of Strasbourg, a European Biking Cities project partner, hosted an international experts conference "Le vélo à la conquête des villes européennes" on October 16, 2014....more

World premiere: The VCD presents electric cargo bikes at the IAA Commercial Vehicles

For the first time the ecological Verkehrsclub Deutschland e.V. (VCD) together with some manufacturers presented electric cargo bikes for commercial transport at the IAA Commercial Vehicles from September 25 to October 2, 2014. The IAA Commercial Vehicles is the world’s biggest trade fair for commercial vehicles and was a pure motor show until this year. The VCD has now brought a real alternative into play – the electric cargo bike...more

Clean Air Now! – Biking against air pollution in European cities

Opening the series of events CLEAN AIR NOW:  On 25 February 2014 biking experts, representatives of municipalities, environmental associations and scientists discussed possibilities to promote bicycle traffic and thereby improve air quality.…more

Cleaning up the air by bike – Knowledge transfer in the project European Biking Cities

On 25 and 26 October the campaign European Biking Cities had its first conference in Potsdam. Aiming to bring more people on bicycles the campagin wants to speed up the development of bicycle friendly policy in the six participating cities Bolzano (Italy), Brighton-Hove (Great Britain), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Strasbourg (France), Mannheim and Potsdam (both Germany).…more

Cycling campaign ready to roll

The European Biking Cities network is complete! The cycling cities Brighton-Hove, Bolzano, Mannheim, Potsdam, Strasbourg and Vitoria-Gasteiz form the alliance within the CleanAir project. All six have already reached considerable success and commit to supporting the development of cycling further on.…more