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CSTT-ITT research helps put cycling in EU transport policy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CSTT-ITT reports on the economic impacts of EU cycle tourism have helped cycling advocates to put cycling and the EuroVelo cycle route network higher on the EU transport agenda.

Just before Christmas 2013, new Regulations relating to the EU’s TEN-T Network (Trans-European Transport Network) were officially adopted following positive votes in the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. For the first time, they include references to cycling and EuroVelo. The inclusion of a reference to EuroVelo in this important document will give the European cycle route network more recognition within European and national governments, which will likely make it easier to access funding for cycle tourism projects.

This inclusion came after several years of hard lobbying by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and some individual MEPs. For the economic impacts of cycle tourism, ECF has always referred to the two reports CSTT and UCLAN’s ITT wrote for the European Parliament in 2009 and 2012 (see here). In 2012, ITT and CSTT staff have presented their figures to the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism, partly for this purpose.

More information about this subject (and featuring some of CSTT’s figures) can be read in a recent interview with Adam Bodor, ECF’s Director of EuroVelo, Cycling Tourism and Regional Policy (page 14), in New Europe. Bodor was asked about the growth of cycle tourism, the implications of the TEN-T decision and the exciting future ahead for EuroVelo.