Excellence in Cycling
Excellence in Cycling
How do you maintain high shares for cycling in your city? And how far can you go in making the bicycle the number one transport mode in your city?
The European CHAMP project brings together champion cities in the field of cycling. By looking at their counterparts in Europe, the CHAMP cities want to find ways to further upgrade and optimise their cycle policy and collect new ideas for making cycling even safer and more attractive.
The cities of Groningen (NL), Bolzano (IT) and Örebro (SE) are cycling champions in Europe. These cities have made cycling a priority in their local transport policies for many years. A combination of smart planning, dedicated and safe cycling infrastructure, and targeted awareness raising campaigns has resulted in high numbers of cyclists. These cities want to further increase the modal share for cycling and keep numbers up, and that’s why they joined forces through the European funded project CHAMP, together with other national forerunners Edinburgh (UK), Burgos (ES), Ljubjlana (SL) and Kaunas (LT).
You cannot reach new goals and improve your performance if you do not have a clear picture of your starting point and your strengths and weaknesses. This also applies to cycling policies in cities. The main challenge for the CHAMP-project is to search and find common elements in the leading cycling cities, even if these cities have different characteristics and/or had different starting conditions. The CHAMP project has developed and tested a performance assessment tool which builds on two elements, a self-analysis and a peer review. It allows cities to carry out a gap analysis and draw up a resulting action plan with clear and measurable targets, for further improving their cycling policy. As a result of the self-analysis and the peer review in the CHAMP-cities, confirmation about the necessary elements that constitute a successful and integrated urban cycling policy is given.
The CHAMP cities are taking their ambitions forward on the basis of these analyses, not ignoring that being a champion in cycling may bring along its own specific challenges. How do you tackle capacity problems on your network? How do you secure appropriate parking infrastructure for thousands of bicycles? How do you make cyclists and pedestrians use common infrastructure in an appropriate, safe and respectful way? These are only a few of the questions that champion cities need to address, in order to keep cycling their number one mode of transport. With a current cycle mode share of 47%, the Dutch city of Groningen does not cease its ambitions. The goal is to have 60-65% of all trips made by bike in 2014. The cycle mode share in the Italian city of Bolzano, which has a well-developed network of cycle paths and has run several successful local cycling campaigns, is 29%. With a cycle mode share of 25%, the Swedish city of Örebro has clear aspirations to do even better and rebuild the city to further promote bike use.
Currently, the CHAMP cities are each implementing two innovative cycling MM measures, to address the identified gaps in their cycling policy. Measures that are being implemented in CHAMP include route based cycling promotion, creative bike parking solutions, bicycle accounts, innovative awareness raising and marketing campaigns for different target groups, and user involvement strategies.
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Published on 30 Jul 2013
Updated on 30 Jul 2013