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by Mark Zalewski
November 8, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko doubles wins at Tour of Taihu Lake; Van der Poel and De Boer dominate at Ruddervoorde; Nathan Haas on nerve damage, backing Cavendish and tussling with Sagan; Rubén Fernández extends with Movistar; Many riders still looking for contracts; Aaron Timmer Brown, liable for Kimmage Fund money, resurfaces; UCI and EUC heads push European Union to promote cycling infrastructure; Drama surrounding Portsmouth Tour de France bid; Alé Cipollini Galassia presents 2017 team; UCI Track World Cup highlights; Keagan Girdlestone continues road to recovery with first coffee shop ride.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) President Brian Cookson and European Cycling Union (UEC) vice-president Madis Lepajõe met with EU Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip to discuss improving EU cycling policy, with both cycling organisations pushing for the EU to adopt a strategy across their 28 member states that promotes cycling as a mode of transport.
While the likes of The Netherlands as a poster-child of the bicycle as a means of transport, other EU states have not embraced the bicycle as an everyday transport option. The campaign is focusing on the development and improvement of cross-border initiatives between the member states in an effort for wider regional development, linking existing cycling networks to make a comprehensive system.
The campaign points out that while several cities have cycling plans in place, a continental strategy is lacking.
Increasing cycling safety is also a focus of the campaign, while the environmental benefits associated with a switch from vehicular to cycling transport is a third.
Research claims that if the planet were to see the same cycling use as The Netherlands by 2050, greenhouse gas emissions from urban transport would be reduced by 10 percent, while there would be a $25 trillion (£20 trillion/€22 trillion) reduction in expenditure on transport infrastructure and maintenance.
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