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European Transport Safety Council: Europe must boost safety for cyclists and walkers

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.


Denmark: 2014 was a record year for cycling

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.


30 km/h speed limit within built-up areas: The ADFC supports the initiative of several federal states

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.


Red-green coalition agreement in Hamburg Elbe Metropolis should become a city of cyclists

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.


Prevention of leftturn accidents at junctions: Safer lorry designs come closer though moratorium locked in until 2022

Negotiations between the Parliament and the Council to allow more aerodynamic and safer HGVs were officially approved by the European Parliament.


Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry merge and become the "Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry" (CONEBI)

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.


Germany: New Advisory Board supports the implementation of the National Cycling Strategy

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.


Germany: Documentation of the third nationwide workshop on cycle highways published

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.


Germany/North Rhine-Westphalia: Annual Municipal Cycling Conference in Düsseldorf focusses the future of cycle traffic

250 experts from all over Germany came to Düsseldorf's congress center and debated on urban bicycle traffic.


Switzerland: Successful pilot test of cycling friendly traffic lights in Basel

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.


UK: Mayor unveils his 18-mile "Crossrail for the bike"

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.


Who owns the city? A public "road space justice report" from Berlin

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.


Baden-Württemberg: City of Mannheim bids for organizing the Velo-city conference 2017

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.


Germany: Funds for the cycle path network along federal roads increased from 60 to 80 million Euro

The parliamentary commission for transport and digital infrastructure debated on Mai 7th 2014 on the correspondent federal budget plan.


Hamburg: Online participation platform for cyclists in the borough of Altona

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


Germany: Call for projects which serve the "National Cycling Strategy 2020"

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.


Foundation of the European Cycle Logistics Federation (ELCF) with more than 140 members

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.


North Rhine-Westphalia: "Citizen's cycle paths" on the road to success

A special finance scheme helps to realize cycle paths


Bremen: Transport planning made by citizens

The online platform bremen-bewegen.de ("Moving Bremen”) has been awarded within the national competition "Distinguished Places in the Country of Ideas" 2013/14.


Germany: Promotion of cycling as a sustainable means of transport within the Coalition Agreement between CDU/ CSU and SPD

The broad social dialog about new ways and implementation strategies of cycling promotion shall be intensified.

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