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European Cyclists' Federation » News
23. Januar, 12:49 Uhr

Brussels, 23rd January 2019. Yesterday the Consumer Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO Committee) voted in favour of the exclusion of e-bikes (up to 25km/h assistance and 250W) from the scope of the new Motor Insurance Directive: a great result, which comes after several intense months of advocacy between ECF, CIE and CONEBI with the members of IMCO Committee.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
18. Juni, 08:03 Uhr

E-bikes were on stage today, with a forward-looking session that created a good discussion with the audience. Since it was one of the few opportunities to talk about EPACs, the room was full and the discussion heated.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
08. März, 12:07 Uhr

The European Commission has published a proposal for reforming the EU VAT system. The good news: Sales of conventional bikes could benefit from reduced or zero VAT in the future. The bad news: E-bikes are excluded and Member States would be obliged to apply standard VAT rates on them.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
31. Januar, 15:03 Uhr

As part of our work to help cycling and the bike industry into the world of smart, connected and shared mobility we are working with visionaries and leaders who are setting the tone in this new mobility. We are going to be inviting some of them to share their thoughts and visions with ECF.com in the coming months.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
10. Oktober, 15:12 Uhr

The Swedish Government has presented a budget for 2018 that includes a 25% subsidy for all e-bike sales until 2020. This is a spectacular success for the development of e-bike sales in Sweden, which is now the benchmark for all European countries to follow. And it all comes down to the advocacy work of cyclists’ association Cykelfrämjandet.

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06. Juli, 13:35 Uhr

CHIPS partner the Province of Gelderland celebrated the finish of their first e-bike pilot at the Van Hall Larenstein School, on the 4th of July. For the duration of the pilot- which was launched in September 2016, the participants were able to ride an e-bike, to bridge the 6 kilometres between the Arnhem Central Station and the Van Hall Larenstein University Campus.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
06. Oktober, 12:16 Uhr

The electrification of the European bicycle fleet is in full swing, however building codes in most EU Member States are not fit for purpose due to a lack of adequate provisions on bicycle parking. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee could address this issue. Brussels, October 6, 2017

European Cyclists' Federation » News
12. Oktober, 10:50 Uhr

Bike Share news keep filling newspapers and social media all over Europe (and the globe), often presenting contradictory views. Cities that openly embrace new mobility solutions, others that (over?)react to unannounced deployment of bicycles in their streets, and everything in-between. This Executive Summary will create order out of the chaos, for our valued readers. News from the free-floating...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
26. November, 13:45 Uhr

For over twenty years the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) has been a cornerstone of EU transport policy. It should come as no surprise therefore that ECF has been pushing hard to get the tectonic plates of European policy moving on this issue, to make sure that the needs of cyclists are integrated into the project.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
29. November, 13:34 Uhr

One of the emerging policy trends of 2018 appears to be an assertion of authority by cities over the arrival of new mobility solutions. And the catalyst? Well one strong factor seems to be the lessons learned from the arrival of large scale dockless bike sharing solutions in Europe since 2017.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
30. März, 15:21 Uhr

During the last months, four European countries have introduced tax breaks for cycling to work or extended existing ones: France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. This shows that the idea of rewarding sustainable commuting behaviour through fiscal incentives is gaining ground throughout the continent.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
04. Juli, 14:16 Uhr

Through many different forward-looking sessions during Velo-city 2018, we discussed how new technologies influence the future of cycling.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
12. Oktober, 10:30 Uhr

The Leadership Programme supports future leaders in cycling advocacy and aims to support organisations through a transition – in structure, in resources or in effectiveness. It recognises that at some periods in the life of an organisation there is an opportunity for change and this can be quicker, faster and more successful with an injection of support.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
14. Juni, 08:49 Uhr

Day 2 of Velo-city 2018 started with a stimulating discussion about Technology. In a nutshell, the plenary explored how new technologies could revolutionize mobility in the next few years, as well as the relevance of 200-year old technology like cycling. In this plenary, global leaders in the field discussed some of the emerging challenges for governance, cities and advocates as new...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
10. Juli, 11:53 Uhr

The Leaders’ Breakfast was a huge success, and proved to be one of the highlights of Eurobike 2018. The networking breakfast brought together experts and stakeholders in the mobility industry, in an exchange of dialogue, discussion and networking. Over a 150 presidents and CEOs from major mobility companies across Europe met to hear five speakers give their expert opinion on the future of the...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
17. Dezember, 15:12 Uhr

As the festive period approaches what better way to celebrate than to reflect on all of the results that ECF’s advocacy work has brought this year. We have been pushing hard on the great glass doors of the Parliament, Commission and Council and are happy to say we’ve had some great successes. Indeed so much so that we’ve had to split this article in two. You can find our non-legislative...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
03. Oktober, 14:45 Uhr

On Monday 20th November and Tuesday 21st in Brussels, PEBSS (Platform for European Bicycle Sharing & Systems) is holding its Cities + Smart Bike Share Workshop, specifically designed around implementing PEBSS’ Policy Recommendations for Smarter Bike Share, incorporating all forms of bike share, including of course dockless solutions and all variations.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
13. Juni, 09:03 Uhr

For more or less 10 years, bike sharing systems have been facilitating first- and last-mile connections in our cities; and this session at Velo-city proved once again the beneficial impact they have on mobility and local economies. D V Manohar, Chairman of the Hyderabad Bicycling Club and Vice President of the World Cycling Alliance, moderated four among the world's top experts on shared...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
24. April, 11:56 Uhr

As part of our work to help cycling and the bike industry into the world of smart, connected and shared mobility we are working with visionaries and leaders who are setting the tone in this new mobility. We are going to be inviting some of them to share their thoughts and visions with ECF.com in the coming months.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
13. Oktober, 13:57 Uhr

 The second Cycle Highway Academy took place in London on the 4th and 5th of October after the successful first edition around “Planning’ in Arnhem in June during Velo-city 2017.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
14. Februar, 12:50 Uhr

In the last article we examined the general topic of planning bike friendly cities. In particular, we focused the attention on the fact that the urbanization process requires to adopt urgent solutions in order to tackle thorny issues such as population growth, increasing pollution levels and inefficient or overcrowded transportation systems.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
02. Mai, 14:11 Uhr

The main theme of this year’s Velo-City is Access to life. The narrative tells us that to “Learn to Live in order to achieve Happiness and Quality of Life, we need to Integrate Life and Transport generating a Lively Economy. The city of the future is a city with Access to Life”.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
05. April, 15:16 Uhr

In the framework of the final conference of the FLOW and TRACE final conference, ECF organised an inspiring workshop for its Scientists for Cycling network. Besides connecting to the main theme of the conference, congestion relief through cycling measures, the programme focused on possibilities for cycling-related research projects to obtain EU funding.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
10. November, 11:37 Uhr

The transport sector is growing – and it is growing fast. By 2030 passenger traffic is predicted to see an increase of 50% compared to 2015, the global freight volume even by 100%. If this trend continues without new sustainable technologies replacing old ones the increase in carbon emissions will not only threaten the climate but also public health.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
06. Juni, 07:41 Uhr

The European Commission has, following an ECJ decision, decided to allow classification of all Electric Power Assisted Bicycles (EPAC/Pedelec) as a “motor vehicle" within the scope of the Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive. If it were to become law it would make it mandatory for all riders to have third party motor vehicle insurance despite the vast majority already having insurance through,...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
29. Mai, 12:29 Uhr

Day two of Velo-city 2018 will begin with a stimulating discussion about “Technology”. In this plenary, global leaders in the field will present and discuss some of the emerging challenges for governance, for cities and for advocates as new technologies go live. New technologies could revolutionize mobility in the next few years. But what is the relevance to a 200 year old technology like...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
23. Oktober, 09:22 Uhr

Leading cycling industry companies founded the new association ‘Cycling Industries Europe’ (CIE) out of ECF’s Cycling Industry Club. This new association will bring together companies, cycle and accessory suppliers with bike share operators, cycle delivery companies, consultancies and digital service providers. The launch of the CIE took place at the “Future Cycling” Conference in Brussels, on...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
13. Oktober, 15:15 Uhr

ECF are currently involved in an issue that could be a threat to the growth of pedelec use in the EU. The Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive (MID) ensures that when a vehicle is insured for third party liability in one of the Member States, this cover must apply in the territory of all Member States. ECF very much supports this Directive as a way of ensuring cyclists that are involved in crashes...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
30. Juni, 08:31 Uhr

The Platform for European Bicycle Sharing and Systems kicked-off with a bang. Over a hundred leaders of the top global industries in the shared bicycle mobility space gathered in Arnhem to initiate PEBSS, the first and only European forum for intra-industry collaboration and talk shop for public authorities looking for guidance when planning and operating their bike share scheme.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
09. November, 11:11 Uhr

After a disappointing proposal by the European Commission on new CO2 emission 2030 targets for cars, a shift to active modes and public transport, more than ever, has to be part of the solution if the EU wants to honour its climate obligations.

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08. Oktober, 14:13 Uhr

Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. The EU has committed itself to reducing transport sector greenhouse gas emissions by 60% in 2050, compared to 1990 levels – but it will not achieve this aim with current fiscal policies for transport in place.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
05. Februar, 15:58 Uhr

  The European Commission has taken the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive as one of its priorities, with a clear message from President Junker (1). In line with this, a fitness check of the two EU Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directives (Directives 2008/50/EC and 2004/107/EC) has been initiated. These Directives set air quality standards and requirements to ensure that Member States monitor and/or...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
04. Februar, 09:10 Uhr

Last November, the Czech association Auto*Mat organized a conference focused on cycling and hilly cities, which was attended by Swiss city authorities and ECF members from Portugal and Austria. During the event, experts and participants explored this difficult topic and shared best practices coming to an (un)surprising conclusion: hills are not to be blamed for the development of cycling in...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
20. Dezember, 15:04 Uhr

Velo-city Conference will gather 165 Speakers from 34 countries exploring the fusion of Health, Infrastructure, Technology, Governance and Data discourses through the lens of cycling inclusion in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
04. Januar, 13:47 Uhr

The planned F15 cycle highway in the Netherlands represents a new model for cycling infrastructure projects. Not because of the route’s design standard, its length, or the new cycling bridge over the Pannerdensch Canal, but because of the lowest common denominator. Cost. This is possible because of the high level of integration the project has with the adjacent A15 motorway, sharing resources,...

European Cyclists' Federation » News
14. Juni, 22:00 Uhr

After months of consultations, interviews and data collection, the Institute for Transport and Development Policy released an updated Planning Guide for Bike Share, one of the most consulted documents when it comes to technically designing a bike sharing system.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
29. Juni, 16:12 Uhr

  On 8 June 2018, the WHO Director General Dr Tedros launched the new WHO global action plan on physical activity 2018-2030,"'More active people for a healthier world 'at the Football City, home of the Portuguese National Football Association in Lisbon.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
12. März, 10:40 Uhr

As part of our committent to help cycling and the bike industry seizing the opportunities offered by smart, connected and shared mobility, we are working with visionary business leaders who are paving the way for the future of mobility. We will share their thoughts and visions on ECF.com in the coming months.

European Cyclists' Federation » News
15. Juni, 11:24 Uhr

Day 02 Highlights here!Freedom of Children

European Cyclists' Federation » News
21. Februar, 15:33 Uhr

We are excited to announce that the final programme for the Cycling Industry Leaders Summit - European Summit on the Future of Cycling is OUT NOW! Take a look at the comprehensive agenda, divided into four main blocks to each represent major influencers of the cycling industry in the future.