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15 Apr 2024

The Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland, today announced its partnership with Cytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for...

12 Apr 2024

Just two weeks remain for the UK cycle industry to have its say on the current Government consultation to double the permissible power of e-bikes, and to remove the need for pedalling.

10 Apr 2024

Award-winning cycling business Spokes Bikes has added a new shop in Greenock to existing shop in Bridge of Weir.

9 Apr 2024

Communities across England are to be given access to £101 million of government funding for high-quality walking and cycling routes, improving the quality of local public engagement for...

9 Apr 2024

The founders of a Wirral bike recycling scheme have opened a hub across the River Mersey as part of a campaign to encourage more people into cycling.

8 Apr 2024

 A new video from the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) launched ahead of the mayoral election on May 2 urges followers to “make sure London’s next Mayor knows just how much we all...

8 Apr 2024

A new study has suggested that cities need to take into account the rapid growth and serious potential of electric bikes in moving people.

8 Apr 2024

A new study conducted by the Department of Industrial Engineering, Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, says a bike’s cost and the income of the buyer play the biggest...

3 Apr 2024

The Association of Cycle Traders is urging cycle retailers to register their opposition to proposed government changes to e-bike regulations before the consultation closes on April...

2 Apr 2024

Walsall's cycling community has been celebrating a family-owned business which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

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European Parliament calls for stronger and more competitive bike industry

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The European Parliament is pushing the European Commission and Member States to support the production of ‘Made in Europe’ bicycles and components.

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The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee has called for an EU Cycling Strategy, covering a safer infrastructure for cyclists to a stronger and more competitive bike industry.

The plan would stimulate ‘the competitiveness of the EU industry, by bridging the investment gap, maintaining a global level playing field, stimulating supply chain reshoring and security, and by encouraging high-quality jobs, the creation of cycling clusters and enhancing industry-related vocational training,’ according to the resolution. Furthermore, MEPs call on the Commission ‘to recognise the cycling industry, including battery manufacturing for e-bikes and the circular economy, in particular SMEs, as legitimate partners in the mobility ecosystem of the EU industrial strategy, and in industrial infrastructure programs and funding schemes.’

The text also recognises the potential of e-bikes in increasing the number of cyclists and underlines the need to give proper legal classification to e-bikes up to 25km/h, in both EU and national legislation. The resolution ‘encourages the Member States to reduce the VAT rates for the supply, rental and repair of bikes and e-bikes.’

“With this vote today in the Transport and Tourism Committee, the European Parliament is one step away from adopting its very first position on cycling and finally asserting that cycling is a transport mode that should be put on equal footing with other modes of transport. Calling for a dedicated European strategy and for the cycling industry to be recognised as a key partner in the European industrial strategy are important steps toward this change of mind-set within our institutions that will have tremendous impacts on the ground,” said the committee’s statement.

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