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 covered by the European region of the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). For many of these countries, once completed, the guidance will be the first step in promoting cycling at the national level.
Currently, the Master Plan is in draft form and contains five policy objectives that it would like to see met by 2030:
- Double the amount of cycling in Europe and ensure increases in all countries.
- Accommodate cycling into health policies.
- Enhance cyclist safety in each country and halve the fatality and injury rates.
- Develop and implement national policies for cycling, backed by national cycling plans, in each country.
- Incorporate cycling into land use, urban and regional planning, including that for infrastructure.
The draft also highlights ten broad recommendations:
- Develop and implement a national cycling policy, supported by a national cycling plan.
- Develop user-friendly cycling infrastructure.
- Enhance the regulatory framework that promotes cycling.
- Promote cycling through incentives and mobility management.
- Integrate cycling in planning processes and facilitate multimodality.
- Make use of new technology and innovation.
- Improve health and safety.
- Provide efficient funding mechanisms and sustainable investment.
- Enhance cycling statistics for use in efficient monitoring and benchmarking.
- Promote cycling tourism.
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