In responde to post-pandemic needs, Lisbon will introduce more cycleways and bicycle parking, reduce motorized vehicle speed and launch a support program for bicycle purchase.
More than 20 public libraries across the U.S. have introduced special bike-share programmes, in which members take out bicycles from the library for free before returning them at the end of the day. The initiative is part of a trend where renting a bike to get around town is just as easy as borrowing a book.
Local authorities in Amsterdam announced plans to eliminate 10.000 parking spaces. A new short film by StreetFilms documents how the process has been well received, without anyone complaining, making the city even more bike-friendly and giving the streets back to people and communities.
A pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion will be published in the autumn of 2019. The aspiration of the Plan is to double the amount of cycling in the pan-European region, which consists of the 54 countries. For many of these countries, the guidance will be the first step in promoting cycling at the national level.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has produced guidance to support the design and implementation of cycling projects in the Member States. This new guidance builds on the existing city and national-level information to provide a coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that will be relevant to a range of different cities and environments. Águeda in Portugal represents a starter city within the guidance. The DG MOVE guidance recognises that a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective, as key contextual factors – such as the existing level of cycling, city size, location and current level of cycling within a city – can affect the success of cycling measures. To account for city-level variation, the guidance draws on 20 unique case studies of cities with different characteristics, ranging from starter cities, with minimal cycling infrastructure, to champion cities, where cycling is instilled in the everyday culture of the city.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to realize the human rights of all. Cycling is already delivering on these goals worldwide, contributing to almost all of the 17 SDGs, and this is a good reason to invest more in cycling. Making transportation more sustainable is of critical importance for humanity and the planet. Moreover, active mobility is a human right on all scales – including the right to cycle. Governments at all levels should provide safe access to public space, protect those that walk and cycle, and ensure – through mobility – equal participation in society.
The Portuguese Municipality of Braga has partnered with the Spanish City of Pontevedra in developing a Mobility and Traffic Management Study. This study will be an instrument that will establish a global strategy for intervention in accessibility and mobility management, and will define a set of actions and measures that contribute to the implementation of a more sustainable model, focussing on economic development, greater social cohesion and ensuring environmental protection and energy efficiency.
Car-free days, filtered permeability and lower speed limits are just some of the ways that cities around the world are trying to encourage cycling. This article explores 10 ways to boost the number of people on bikes.
Pedestrians, cyclists and public transport should be given priority over cars when roads are built or upgraded, to encourage more physical activity, the UK’s health watchdog has said.
On 4 and 5 March, Bilbao becames the center of bicycle promotion in the cities, due to the first edition of the Meeting of Urban Bike, organized by the Spanish network of cities for bicycle. The main objective of this first meeting in Bilbao is to encourage and create synergies between public authorities, local start-ups, initiatives and companies linked to cycling mobility, in order to give a definite boost to everyday bicycle use in cities.