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Main message of the event: The economic factor of the bicycle is underestimated very often, although cycling is very trendy and on the fast lane. More and more people ride their bicycles in everyday life as well as in leisure time. The bicycle is long ago an important economic good, which saveguards about 280,000 jobs.
With more than 20 transport Ministers and Secretary of States sitting in one room and discussing cycling, this is a big milestone, if not historic event, for cycling advocacy and making ECF’s Vision of doubling cycling in Europe come true.
In the last ten years, deaths among pedestrians and cyclists fell by 41% and 37% respectively, while vehicle occupant deaths fell by 53%. The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) published a report with recommendations for the safety-improvement of unprotected road-users.
Not since the 90's, have the Danes cycled as much as they did in 2014. But a new long-term national cycling fund is needed if this development is to continue.
The German Cyclist's Association (ADFC) supports the initiative of several federal states' transport managers, to facilitate the instruction of 30 km/h speed limits.
Following the agreement's draft, presented to the public on April 8th 2015, the future coalition partners agreed to raise cycling's modal share up to 25 percent within the next 20 years.
Negotiations between the Parliament and the Council to allow more aerodynamic and safer HGVs were officially approved by the European Parliament.
The Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts' and Accessories' Industry (COLIPED), established in 1960, and the Association of the European Bicycle Industry (COLIBI), established in 1973, took the decision at the last General Assembly in Brussels on 19th November to merge into one entity and become CONEBI , the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry.
The Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt appointed a broad range of experts from organisations, universities, institutions and the public administration to the advisory board: 18 persons from the fields of health, sports, tourism, economy, environment and transportation planning. Likewise, delegates from the federal states and from the municipalities are part of the board.
The experts dealt with crossings, parallel routing, and linkages. They declared that the planned "Cycle Highway Ruhr (RS1)" is generally realisable. Furthermore, the group discussed about extended possibilities for funding cycling highways by federal programs, drawing comparisons to channels, railway lines and motorways.
250 experts from all over Germany came to Düsseldorf's congress center and debated on urban bicycle traffic.
Since 2013, experiments focus on two solutions for cycling friendly traffic lights facilities: permitting cyclists to turn right during the red phase and street crossing together with the pedestrians during their green period. The results are generally positive. Hence the Department for Building and Transport will request a change in traffic law from the Federal Roads Office. Thereby, the pilot test solutions can be implemented permanently.
The north-south route will run for more than 3 mile, the east-west route will run over 18 miles. They cost about 913 million pounds and will be opened in 2016.
In many European urban centres, the full potential for cycling has not yet been realized. The simple reason is that towns and cities still primarily accommodate car users and neglect cyclists. "Re-allocating road space" is therefore a demand often heard from cycling advocacy groups, including ECF, without specifying to what extent this should be done. A study from Berlin took a closer look at this issue and came to some interesting conclusions.
Besides many cycling promotion measures, the bicycle's 200th birthday gives the city of Mannheim an opportunity, to discuss and further develop the future role of cycling.
The parliamentary commission for transport and digital infrastructure debated on Mai 7th 2014 on the correspondent federal budget plan.
The Altona borough administration presents first steps towards a new cycling concept, by starting an online participation platform. Until June 30th 2014, users can send their hints, concerning local cycling problems in Altona via the webpage www.fahrrad-altona.de
In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) supports innovative projects in the field of cycling, which serve the implementation of the National Cycling Strategy 2020 (NRVP) and support its aims also with regard to the linkage between cycling and other means of transport.
On April 12th 2014, more than 200 delegates from 25 nations met for the 2nd European Cycle Logistics Conference in the Dutch City of Nijmegen. They discussed the large potential of different cargo bike related business models, which can contribute to inner city traffic reduction.
A special finance scheme helps to realize cycle paths
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