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Cycling Associations React To EU Commission's Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

Logos der Fahrrad-Interessenverbände ECF, CONEBI, CIE
Logos der Fahrrad-Interessenverbände ECF, CONEBI, CIE © / /

The European Commission released its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy on 9.12.2020. The strategy is part of the European Green Deal, which aims to achieve a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transport, in order for the EU to become a climate-neutral economy by 2050.

Cycling international associations ECF, CIE and CONEBI gave a cautious welcome to the positive statements about cycling, but also highlighted that a lot more work is needed to identify how more ambitious change can be built into the Commission’s action plans.

The real highlights for cycling reflect the coordinated advocacy work of the associations in recent months, particularly working with the EU Green Deal leadership of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

  • A target to double cycling infrastructure in the EU is the most eye-catching – the most ambitious statement made by the EU about cycling to date.
  • The Commission’s commitment to improve the current European framework for urban mobility, will include policies and financial support that reflect the importance of urban mobility, including safe infrastructure for cycling and walking, and innovative MaaS concepts including shared bike services.
  • Strategic Urban Mobility Plans should contain significantly strengthened goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities, while Sustainable Urban Logistics Plans are expected to accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions solutions such as cargo bikes.