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European Cyclists' Federation » News
28. Mai, 09:55 Uhr

Presupposing financial and regulatory priority for cyclists, experts predict e-bike sales to rise to 30 million. Due to an astonishing market upsurge of more than 20%, experts felt compelled to revise their numbers, which they originally envisaged to peak at 12 million in 2030 in case of level playing field for cycling.

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28. März, 14:49 Uhr

Reducing VAT (Value Added Tax) on the sales of bicycles and pedelecs from 21% to 6%: That is what the Finance Commission of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives called for in a unanimous vote last week. In order for the decision to become effective, a change of EU legislation, which ECF is advocating for, is required.

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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.

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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.

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06. Februar, 10:52 Uhr

The next decade will be marked by many challenges and social disruptions that will be in turn fuelled by fundamental transformations in technology, society, and the environment. In this context, a recent report from Deloitte has predicted that “tens of billions of additional bicycle trips per year will take place in 2022 over 2019 levels”… and those new cyclists are not going away anytime...

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25. September, 10:47 Uhr

The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) analysed the data from the latest (e-)bike market reports released by CONEBI and the general trends in the mobility sector in urban and suburban areas. The result of this analysis was presented at Eurobike by Adam Bodor, Director of Advocacy and EuroVelo of ECF. “Bicycle sales could reach 50 million units annually by 2030”

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07. Mai, 10:05 Uhr

Electric bicycles account for only about 1% of total bicycles sales in Portugal, in comparison to the European average of 8% or more than one third of the sales in some European countries. Following MUBi’s advocacy work at the Portuguese Parliamentary Groups and Government, the Portuguese National Government has created a fund in 2019 for financial incentives for the purchase of electric...

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04. Juli, 14:09 Uhr

As Velo-city, the world’s premier cycling conference, took place last week in Dublin, Ireland, all eyes of the global cycling community were focused on how the island performs in making cycling a natural choice for daily mobility. The overall sentiment among the 1,400 participants: Dublin and Ireland still have a long way to go!

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11. Mai, 13:00 Uhr

While more and more cities all around Europe are putting in place pop-up bike lanes or reducing speed limits to give active mobility more space and make it safer, another type of initiative with a huge potential to increase cycling is gaining in popularity in major EU Member States: d

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06. Februar, 13:46 Uhr

New research shows that by 2030, the demand for last-mile urban delivery services is expected to grow by 78%, leading to a 36% increase of delivery vehicles in circulation and an added 11 minutes to the average daily commute. Cargo bikes can be instrumental in avoiding these negative impacts. The Benefits of Cargo Bikes Quantified

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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.

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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.

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28. Juni, 16:03 Uhr

Four high-level speakers and an enthusiastic audience discussed how to raise funding for cycling at the ‘Cycling and funding’ session, Velo-city Dublin. For example, The budget for cycling amounts to only 1.9% of the Swiss transport budget but the impact of the investment in cycling proves to be very efficient: cycling modal share in Switzerland is 5%. Do we need more money for cycling or use...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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17. Februar, 17:11 Uhr

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol aims to boost the number of employees cycling to work. Through a combination of interactive express cycling routes, a bike assistant, a trendy clothing line and a bike academy, the goinGDutch programme offers the ultimate commuting experience in busy urban areas. The first users are expected to hit the pedal in March 2020.  Cyclists at heart

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25. Juni, 17:37 Uhr

Cycling technologies are often driving technological innovation in the entire mobility sector, and can be a tremendous contribution to sustainability goals in cities public policies. The first day of Velo-city 2019 Dublin concluded with a stimulating discussion on how can regulations cope with the disruptions caused by the new mobility options that keep suddenly appearing in the transport sector.

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25. Juni, 16:51 Uhr

This session featured contributions from different countries around the world on how cycling contributes to economic and social development.  The presentations covered a range of topics, including fiscal incentives that can boost cycling; cycling and social equity; improving children’s health through cycling; and cyclelogistics.

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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...

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12. Mai, 08:03 Uhr

During the quarantine, cycling has proven to be the safest, most efficient mode of transport we have. It cuts air pollution, which is likely to help spread the virus, and guarantees social distancing between commuters. In order to ensure a fast recovery, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) issued a set of recommendations for European, national and local authorities to promote cycling.

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03. Juni, 09:49 Uhr

Last week European cycling associations marked an important breakthrough for cycling on the EU agenda as an equal mode of transport with the auto sector and public transport.

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09. März, 09:40 Uhr

By 2050, the European Commission has the ambition to make Europe the first net-zero carbon emission continent, as highlighted in the European Green Deal.

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19. Dezember, 11:39 Uhr

Before we dive into the year 2020, let’s take a moment to look back at 2019. Climate Change, the European Elections, and road safety certainly dominated this year’s headlines and political discussions. ECF made sure to catch onto this momentum and push cycling further up the policy agendas.   Towards Vision Zero

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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,...

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23. März, 13:07 Uhr

CONEBI and ECF call upon all EU Member States to allow bicycle repair services to continue throughout the COVID-19 crisis, provided that all necessary health precautions are respected.

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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...

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27. Juni, 16:14 Uhr

The CHIPS project (Cycle Highways Innovation for smarter People transport and Spatial planning) financed by Interreg North-West Europe has been 3 years of knowledge sharing and research between  partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, UK and Denmark. Selected results of the project were presented in a dedicated Velo-city session.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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17. Februar, 11:16 Uhr

Electric scooters and ride-hailing services are the latest hot topic in urban mobility. But are they sustainable enough to meet the climate neutrality goal outlined in the European Green Deal by 2050? The latest report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) highlights that walking, cycling and public transport remain the most sustainable mobility options in cities.

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20. Mai, 12:24 Uhr

In cooperation with 5 other cycling organisations, ECF co-signed an open letter addressed to the EU Commission and Parliament leadership on climate change and mobility laying out recommendations for a COVID19 recovery plan with cycling at its core, which will ensure a sustainable recovery in line with the EU Green Deal.

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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,...

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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.

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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.

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04. Mai, 13:40 Uhr

Due to the drop in road traffic during the COVID19 lockdown, many Europeans have started to realize that their cities can be much more breathable, peaceful and quiet. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has recently issued a report pointing out noise pollution as a major environmental problem that affects the health and well-being of millions of people in Europe.