For Immediate Release
Brussels, Belgium – 22th October 2014
Today the European Parliament has approved the new European Commission. ECF is particularly looking forward to working with Ms. Violeta Bulc, the new Commissioner for Transport. During her hearing in front of the European Parliament, Ms. Bulc stated that she loves nature and that she supports the polluter-pay and user-pay principles.
The European Cyclists’ Federation expects that the Slovenian Commissioner will soon present her vision on cycling as a means of transportation. Our organisation has also requested a personal meeting with the former Slovenian minister who will be in charge of transport in the EU for the next five years.
Prioritising cycling for more European jobs
One of the first priorities of the new Commission is to adopt a €300 billion investment fund within the next weeks to promote growth and create new jobs. The European Cyclists’ Federation advises the Commission to maximize the return of invest of European tax-payer money by investing in cycling projects. This is a win-win scenario as no other transport mode has such a positive benefit-cost ratio.
About 250 million Europeans already cycle, and that’s good news not just for the environment, but for Europe’s economy too. Cycling helps establish a healthier and more productive society by creating more than 800,000 green jobs. About 300,000 additional jobs could be created if cycling doubled.
Economic growth goes hand in hand with sustainable mobility
In money terms, the many co-benefits of cycling can be valued at around €210 billion annually in the EU. A transition to a sustainable mobility in Europe can grow this benefit even further. ECF’s €6 billion campaign has listed possible investment areas, including EuroVelo related investments as part of the TEN-T network and realized by CEF funds or by using EU structural funds for investments in other cycling infrastructure projects, e.g. cycle highways (see note below).
To give long-term support to cycling, ECF will request the new Commission to develop an EU Action Plan on Cycling. Our vision should be common: getting more people cycling more often.
Notes to Editor
About cycle highways:
Numerous cycle highway projects are under way. A concrete project is a 100km Cycle Highway in the German Ruhr area that is projected to be built at the cost of €187million by 2020. When completed, this cycle highway will take every day 50,000 cars off the road, hereby improving the regional economy by cutting congestion, improving the quality of life by reducing air and noise pollution and creating a healthier work force.
About cycling data mentioned in the text:
Please go to the ECF study Bigger Than Denmark
and to the Eurobarometer on the Attitude of Europeans towards Urban Mobility
for more information regarding cycling data mentioned in the body of the text.
About the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)
With over 80 members across nearly 40 countries, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) unites cyclists’ associations from across the globe, giving them a voice on the international level. Our aim is to get more people cycling more often by influencing policy in favour of cycling.
For more information contact:
Chloe Mispelon, ECF Communication Officer
Tel.: +32 2 8809 281