EuroVelo and TEN-T network: a tandem to fight for
- Recognition of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network as another TEN-T network – in addition to existing networks such as road, rail, or inland waterways.
- Integration of cycling into projects on other networks – so when building or upgrading for example a railroad line, the potential for cycling along and across the line is evaluated, and key elements, such as bridges and tunnels, are integrated into the project.
On 23 June 2020 the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism had the first exchange of views over the upcoming revision of the TEN-T guidelines. Both elements proposed by ECF were a part of the discussion.
Member of the European Parliament Ciarán Cuffe inquired about the possibility of including a network for active mobility, along the lines of the EuroVelo European cycle route network, in the TEN-T revision. He also mentioned cycle highways, stressing that they could be built for significantly less money than infrastructure for cars, improve connectivity, and reduce emissions. Finally, he asked whether the future TEN-T projects can facilitate rather than hinder active mobility, citing the Marynarska interchange in Warsaw and M5 motorway near Szeged as examples of projects that have made conditions for cycling worse.
“Can the TEN-T projects facilitate rather than hinder active mobility?” – MEP Ciarán Cuffe
“A lot of Member States are asking the Commission to encourage cycling” – Adina Vălean, EU Commissioner for Transport