BICY- Cities and Regions for cycling
The still increasing private motorisation results in unsustainable traffic congestion and air pollution in the cities and regions of Central Europe. By designing and implementing trans-national, cross-border and national strategies the EU-Project BICY aims to achieve a widespread modal shift towards cycling and walking to improve the quality of life and reduce pollution.
Considering that around 80% of all urban trips have a distance of less than 5 kilometres it becomes evident that an increased use of bicycles would bring about an enormous reduction of problems associated with congestion, pollution and the emission of CO2. As a consequence of this many positive effects could be achieved. From improved health, time savings to combating climate change. In other words, cycling mobility (together with walking and in combination with public transport) should be promoted as the most sustainable, ecological and, under certain conditions, healthiest and safest way of mobility. The BICY project partnership includes those that are forerunners with regard to bicycle mobility. In Ferrara, Italy, for example more than 30% of all urban trips are done by bike and in Graz, Austria, the numbers are: 20% bike trips in the city centre and 16% in total. These two partners intend to further consolidate and increase their performance and, at the same time to transfer their experiences to late runners and areas that have just started to improve bicycle mobility. Late runners will lay down the conceptual and operational basis to first set up an adequate bike infrastructure and design comprehensive mobility plans that centre on cycling. More advanced areas and front runners will improve their existing cycling system, work out a possible integration with other soft means of mobility and try out new innovative technologies in the field of cycle mobility.
In particular BICY will:
- Develop a coherent and integrated urban-regional bike planning, as a strategic component of the entire urban-territorial planning;
- Promote cycling as a key component of public transport;
- Raise awareness of local decision makers and citizens about the bicycle as an equivalent means of urban transportation and a valid replacement of the car for shorter trips
- Promote the bicycle as a modern, ecological and safer means of transportation – especially in the NMS where cycling is often associated with poverty
- Strengthen the frontrunners experience, also with new and innovative technologies – and, at the same time – enable policy makers and relevant stakeholders of lagging behind areas to learn from the first;
- Generate, share and exchange reproducible new ideas, appraches and experiences;
- Provide quantitative evidence through consolidated indicators, that a widespread modal shift toward cycling and walking does indeed improve the quality of (urban) life;
- Promote a trans-national cross-fertilisation between similar projects and partnerships working in the same field;
- Implement concrete actions, conceived at trans-national level that are then customized locally and thus able to achieve tangible outputs related to new mobility strategies.