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Cycling Barometer: ECF launches a new benchmark for the promotion of cycling in Europe

05 June 2013

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has launched a new benchmarking report which provides a multi-dimensional view on cycling in all 27 EU countries.

Which countries in Europe are ‘best for cycling’? Which are the safest countries to cycle in? What are the best places to cycle tour? The ECF Cycling Barometer intends to prompt a debate a few day away from next week's Velo-city 2013 conference in Vienna around 5 dimensions of cycling they are prioritising:

  • modal share;
  • road safety;
  • cycling tourism;
  • cycling industry;
  • cycling advocacy.

For each field the ECF Cycling Barometer took a verifiable EU-wide survey. Then the countries are given points according to their rank in each field and all points are summed to get a final score.

The Netherlands and Denmark top the ranking after assessing daily cycling levels, cycle tourism, advocacy activity, bicycle sales and cyclists’ safety. Countries in the south and east of Europe showed they have a lot of potential for improvement.

Rank

Country

Score

Rank

Country

Score

Rank

Country

Score

1=

Denmark

125

 

10

UK

80

 

19

Luxembourg

52

Netherlands

125

 

11

France

78

 

20=

Poland

47

3

Sweden

119

 

12

Slovenia

77

 

Lithuania

47

4

Finland

114

 

13

Czech Republic

69

 

22

Cyprus

41

5

Germany

105

 

14

Ireland

65

 

23=

Portugal

36

6

Belgium

100

 

15=

Estonia

56

 

Spain

36

7

Austria

95

 

Italy

56

 

25

Bulgaria

30

8

Hungary

91

 

17=

Latvia

54

 

26

Romania

30

9

Slovakia

88

 

Greece

54

 

27

Malta

15

ECF Cycling Barometer Project Manager Ms Chloe Mispelon said “The main purpose of launching the ECF Cycling Barometer [this week] is to get people talking about international comparisons in cycling."

"The lack of data at the EU level and different national statistics make it hard to be certain about the cycling record of each country" said Mispelon "but we call on the EU Horizon 2020 research program to establish data that is updated and maintained through to 2020."

"If we are to double cycling in Europe it is also vital for the EU to use this data and develop it to show where strategic investments, structural funds and research funding must be focused in coming years” concludes ECF Secretary General Bernhard Ensink.

The full press release and ECF Cycling Barometer report can be found on the European Cyclists' Federation website.