EU CYCLE aims at improving performance of 4 policy instruments addressed through interregional learning and regional action planning. It will thereby contribute to better quality cycling projects, to raise share of cycling in target regions via improved policies and state-of-the art solutions, with a higher impact on decarbonizing transport.
The common challenge lies in the fact that although cycling related projects were supported by approximately €0.6bn EU subsidies between 2007-2013, good practices were not shared and knowledge about them is unevenly distributed in regions involved, so not taken up by their policy instruments. Since MAs, regional stakeholders and potential project holders aren’t aware of good practices and of advantages of potential adaptation, lack of knowledge decreases interest in developing cycling projects and risk that the allocated budget for cycling in the policy instruments addressed are spent effectively. Partners, all previously involved in INTERREG projects on different subtopics -regional cycling, cycling tourism, urban cycling, intermodality, urban-rural connections, territorial cooperation in cycling- have decided sharing their experiences to increase capacities of using available funds fully and in an efficient way for quality cycling projects. Partners’ relevant experiences in the 6 subtopics will be shared, jointly analyzed and fed into the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform’s database. Partners will work with regional stakeholders on adapting experiences learned in 4 regional Action Pans, improving their policy instruments’ results. An Integrated Cycling Planning Guide will be jointly elaborated to summarize best solutions in technical aspects of cycling.