Strong Danish representation at top EU Cycling Summit

| October 7, 2015

Today, October 7, marks a special day for cycling. It is the first informal meeting of the EU and EFTA Transport Ministers discussing only cycling in a so-called “EU Cycling Summit.”

This is an acknowledgement of the benefits of cycling and a call to get EU to develop a coherent strategy on cycling across the region. More than 20 Transport Ministers are present with presentations from two members of Cycling Embassy of Denmark.

The meeting is dedicated to discussing how the EU can encourage and support an increase in the cycle mode share. The Cycling Embassy of Denmark has two of its members represented at the meeting, as architect Jan Gehl from Gehl Architects and Mikael Colville-Andersen from Copenhagenize Consulting will both be presenting their take on how to increase the number of cyclists.

The meeting is likely to result in a declaration on cycling initiated by François Bausch, the Transport Minister of Luxembourg. This declaration calls for a cycling strategy that will show the benefits of cycling. Furthermore, the declaration seeks to identify policies, funds, and funding instruments that will increase cycling and spark further employment related to cycling.

Cred: European Cyclicsts' Federation

Credit: European Cyclicsts’ Federation

Job Creation

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has estimated that by doubling the bicycle modal share, the employment potential of cycling jobs can exceed 1,000,000 full-time employees. Currently, their estimation concludes that the European Cycling Sector contains around 650.000 jobs . The ECF has calculated the bicycle modal share in terms of percentage of total trips across the EU.

The spread in the cycle modal share is extremely large between the European countries . The country with the highest share of cycling is unsurprisingly Holland with a remarkable 31% and the Scandinavian countries averaging at roughly 16%. However, it is the larger countries in Europe that can make a huge difference, because with a low low, there is room for improvement. The UK and Spain for example only has 1.9% use of cycling as mode of transportation.

Less CO2 Emission

The growth in job creation as a side effect of more cycling is just one of many benefits,which includes improved health and reduced CO2 emissions. Another study from the ECF found that if the level of cycling across EU-28 reached the same level as Denmark, it would help achieve around 12% – 26% of the 2050 target reduction set for the transport sector.

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