Amendments made to Euro strategy on low emissions mobility to drive cycling for transport

A number of amendments promoting the use of bicycles for journeys under 6km have been made to a European Commission strategy on low emissions mobility.

Set to be voted on on September 25th by MEPs in the transport committee, the alterations to the proposals were submitted with the help of Bas Eickhout, green MEP for the Netherlands.

According to CONEBI the recommendations put forward include:

  • Fostering networks among cities that promote sustainable forms of transport such as biking and the sharing of best practices
  • Encouraging a modal shift for mobility distances of less than 6 km from road to the intermodal mobility chain including cycling
  • Supporting the Commission, the Member States and the regions to invest more in the combination and integration of the EuroVelo Cycling Network with the TEN-T railway networks
  • Urging the European Commission and Member States to develop a European Cycling Strategy
  • Asking for a 25% increase in the area given over to cycle routes and greenways, and a 50% increase in the rate of use of bicycles, by 2025
  • Supporting Member States to introduce tax incentives that foster low-emission mobility such as cycling
  • Calling on the Commission to encourage the use of cargo bikes for last mile logistics
  • Increasing and improving biking infrastructure EU-wide

The tabled amendments are seen in full here and here, with further points raised by the Environment committee readable here.