Bringing together European cycling friendly service schemes
Welcomed by Máriusz Révész (Commissioner for Active Hungary, Government of Hungary), the representatives of some of the main European cycling friendly services schemes presented their systems and exchanged ideas and best practices. On the first day of the two-day workshop, the participants discussed the main success factors and mistakes to avoid when developing and implementing national or regional scheme to an audience of international and local participants.
The Declaration addresses the need to improve the quality of cycling friendly services in Europe; increasing the recognition of the existing schemes by creating European level cooperation; encouraging the creation of new schemes in those countries where they do not exist yet; and the exchange of knowledge between the existing schemes.
In order to do so, the signatories agreed on creating a sustainable long-term cooperation on the European level taking the subsidiarity principles into account based on the different role European, national, regional stakeholders can play.
- Cycling friendly approach (behavior) towards all kind of cyclists – inclusivity and diversity
- Safe place to store the bike for the night
- Possibility to dry clothes and equipment
- Provide breakfast and free access to drinking water
- Free information about regional cycling routes and offers
- Repair kit (incl. manual) and/or cooperation with professional repair service providers
In the frame of the workshop, the participants also discussed next steps, including setting up informal cooperation between the existing schemes led by ECF; sharing related news on the ECF and national websites; and organising a webinar in the second half of 2020.