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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2018
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003771/2018

The Commission strongly believes that cycling brings a number of economic, environmental, health and social benefits and has been supporting it as part of its urban mobility policy.

Cycling has indeed become more prominent at EU level since the adoption of Luxembourg Declaration in October 2015, and it has received more funding in the current financial perspective. For example the STEER (transport) pillar of the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme provided EUR 33.6 million to 21 European pilot projects related to cycling.

Furthermore cycling was integrated into multimodal transport policy, encouraging Members States to take appropriate measures at national level, disseminating best practices and raising awareness (inter alia via the Commission CIVITAS (1) Initiative and European Mobility Week campaign).

The Commission is also engaging on a regular basis on this issue with the main stakeholders and in particular the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). The Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has analysed its proposal for the European cycling strategy carefully and in many areas taken on board its recommendations; for example taking forward guidance for cycling projects and in particular minimum quality standards for infrastructure. To this end a more structured dialogue between ECF and DG MOVE has been established.

The Commission has also commissioned a dedicated study on the guidelines for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) with the aim of creating, inter alia, a better and safer environment for cycling.

Finally, the Commission did not yet adopt a European cycling strategy but has proposed in the context of third Mobility Package a number of measures to enhance the safety of cyclists. In particular, it has proposed that the Member States' Expert Group on Urban Mobility should work on a common Action Plan for Cycling in the EU, since many issues will need to be addressed at national level.

(1)CIVITAS is a network of cities for cities dedicated to cleaner, better transport in Europe and beyond.

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