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17 Apr 2023

Cytech are attending the Cycle Show and will be demonstrating key practices in bike maintenance that are useful for both the trade and public.

12 Apr 2023

Cytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians, will be joined by training providers Activate Cycle Academy and Spokes People when the...

11 Apr 2023

The ACT have moved office. We’re still in the same business centre but have moved unit.

4 Apr 2023

With the week commencing 17 April being designated as #ShopKind Week, we are urging all our members to get involved in the campaign by sharing the materials on social media and across their...

4 Apr 2023

A course that teaches children how to ride bicycles safely in Northern Ireland schools in no longer affordable - according to the government department that pays for it.

4 Apr 2023

The UK's competition watchdog has announced a crackdown on online pressure-selling tactics that can push consumers into making hasty decisions they later regret.

4 Apr 2023

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has been challenged in the House of Commons on the issue of cyclist safety, particularly for young people.

3 Apr 2023

A sixth of deliveries in central London could be done by cargo bike by 2030, according to Transport for London.

31 Mar 2023

Checkout Bira's FREE opening times and social media toolkit downloads for Easter!

23 Mar 2023

The ACT has announced that the annual Local Bike Shop Day will take place on Saturday 29...

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European Parliament calls to double cycling in Europe by 2030

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

European Parliament calls to double cycling in Europe by 2030

The European Parliament has tasked the European Commission with doubling the number of kilometres cycled in Europe by 2030. The call marks a recognition of cycling as a fully-fledged mode of transport and key industrial asset to meet long-term climate and clean manufacturing objectives.

EU parliment building

The European Parliament has set out a 17-point action plan to develop more cycling infrastructure, lay fertile ground in Europe for bike, component, and battery production, and grow two million jobs in a ‘cycling ecosystem’ covering manufacturing, tourism, retail, health, and sports that already employs one million people in Europe today.

Cycling advocacy associations the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), Cycling Industries Europe (CIE), the Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) and the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA) have enthusiastically welcomed the Resolution.

Kevin Mayne, CEO of Cycling Industries Europe, said: “This is an important step forward for the coalition of associations, companies, cities, regions, and governments that have supported the European Parliament in developing this resolution. From an industry perspective this is the most comprehensive endorsement of the importance of our sector that we have ever had by the EU institutions.”

Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation, said: “This important resolution, which reflects many of our longstanding advocacy and policy demands, represents a key milestone for cycling. We applaud the entire European Parliament for adopting an EU Cycling Strategy that can unlock cycling’s potential to enable more people to cycle – and to cycle more safely – all across Europe.”

European Year of Cycling

Cycling stakeholders are also hoping that the proposed 2024 European Year of Cycling will encourage national governments to take additional actions such as reducing VAT rates, multiplying initiatives to promote cycling, and replicating the ‘Portugal Bike Valley’ reindustrialization success story in other regions, with targeted support from European funding programs.

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