With more interest in energy conservation and sustainable cities on the European agenda cyclists from all over the continent feel that cycling it part of the solution.
The European Cycling Federation (ECF) teamed up with European Parliament staff and deputies for a cycle ride around Brussels.
MEPs Anneli Jäätteenmäki (FI, ALDE), Jeppe Kofod (DK, S&D), Dario Tamburrano (IT, EFDD), Seán Kelly (IR, EPP) and Florent Marcellesi (ES, Green), their assistants and representatives of other European Institutions and organisations were joined on the Parliament esplanade by Kevin Mayne, Development Director at ECF.
The MEP Cycle Tour was the first event leading to the establishment of the Cycling Forum Europe. The Forum is to become a fruitful platform for MEPs to exchange and debate around the theme of European cycling policy – its main objective being getting more people cycling, more often.
The network, which is established by and for MEPs, will be officially launched on 20 November at the European Parliament in Brussels. The group is expected to hold public discussions with stakeholders on the role the European Union can play in promoting cycling for pleasure, health and business.
The new network will be chaired by Michael Cramer MEP - who is chair of the parliament's Transport committee and Georges Bach MEP.
The ECF also works with industry as many local deliveries, for example can be carried either by bike or by new efficient 'cargo bikes'. Shimanto, the leading manufacturer has just joined the ECF inspired Cycling Industry Club, which now over 30 members from all sectors of the bicycle industry including bikes, parts, publishing and information technology services.
The club aims to create a €1 million advocacy fund which supports ECF’s aim to double the level of cycling in Europe.
Similar initiatives are the Scientists for Cycling and Cities for Cycling networks.