European Cyclists' Federation

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European Cyclists' Federation
Logo ECF.jpg
Purpose"More people cycling, more often"
Key people
Christophe Najdovski, President
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European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) is an umbrella federation for national cycling organizations (organizations that promote bike for urban mobility and urban transport) throughout Europe.

ECF was founded in 1983 by 12 bicycle user associations. It has now[when?] 81 member organizations representing individual citizens from 45 countries worldwide. ECF actively promotes and encourages cycling worldwide while trying to enforce cycling policy at European level. One of its goals is to promote cycle tourism as a sustainable economic factor and environment-friendly mobility. It also focuses on the security of cyclists, safety for vulnerable road users and increase of cycling modal share. In addition, ECF runs the Velo-city Conference Series, the EuroVelo cycle route project and lobbies European and international institutions.


The European Cyclists' Federation is pledged to ensure that bicycle use achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and public well-being. To achieve these aims, the ECF seeks to change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level. The ECF will stimulate and organize the exchange of information and expertise on bicycle related transport policies and strategies as well as the work of the cyclists' movement.

The European Cyclists' Federation has set a number of goals for 2020 in a project entitled "2020 Objectives."[1] Their goals are:

  • Investment in recreational cycling and tourism is comparable to transport investments


ECF is a legal entity registered under Belgian law as an ASBL (non profit organization). Its statutes are published in the Moniteur Belge of April 24, 1997.

Picture of the 2013 ECF Board

General Meetings[edit]

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the highest decision-making body of the ECF which gathers all member organisations. The AGM traditionally takes place in May and is organized by one member organization. The AGM approves the yearly work plan, budget and new board members, it also approves new members. The AGMs have taken place in various locations: 2009 Brussels, 2010 Gdansk, 2011 Seville, 2012 Vienna, 2013 Brussels, 2014 Dublin, 2015 Nantes, 2016 Stockholm, 2017 Ede, 2018 Milano,


Board members are elected for 3 years. The latest board members were elected in 2018 in Milan, Italy. As of May 2018 the ECF president is Christophe Najdovski, vice-mayor of Paris.[2][3]



Velo-city is widely respected as the premier international cycling planning conference series in the world.

Velo-city began in 1980, and has played a part in the promotion of cycling ever since. The Velo-city conferences bring together all those who are involved in the policy, promotion and provision of cycling. This mixture of people, professions, skills and experience is a valuable component of the events' success. Since 2010, Velo-city has taken place every year internationally. The first Velo-city Global took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2010. Since then conferences have taken place in numerous locations, such as in Seville in 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012 and Vienna in 2013.[4] Adelaide in 2014[5] and in Nantes in 2015, in 2016 it was held in Taipei and in 2017 in the region Arnhem - Nijmegen. In 2018 it will be organised in Rio the Janeiro and in 2019 in Dublin.

EuroVelo – A cycle route network for Europe[edit]

The EuroVelo network has 15 routes with well over 40,000 km of bike paths in use. Thousands more are planned and when completed, it will total over 70,000 km. The network includes existing and planned regional and national cycle routes, crossing and uniting the whole European continent.[6]








Furthering Less Congestion by Creating Opportunities For More Walking and Cycling or "FLOW" takes a trans-disciplinary approach to congestion reduction, and aims to create and implement a new state-of-the-art by integrating the FLOW methodology and congestion assessment tools into the current standard transport impact analysis process.[11][12]


Cities for cyclists[edit]


Scientists for Cycling[edit]

The Scientists for Cycling group works to exchange their knowledge and research in order to improve cycling. The main aims of the network are: to build a strong academic community doing research on cycling-related topics; to bridge the gap between the research on cycling issues, cycling advocates and decision makers; to disseminate the latest academic publications on cycling; to assist in developing the Velo-city conference program; to build up a more research based approach to cycling advocacy and policy.[14]

Cycling Industry Club[edit]

The Cycling Industry Club (CIC) was created at EuroBike in 2011, and has since become the biggest player on Europe's advocacy scene. It is working with ECF.[15]

World Cycling Alliance[edit]


Cycling Forum Europe[edit]



In order to influence the position of European authorities, ECF is working on several issues:

Global policies[edit]


Cycling and New Technologies[edit]


Cycling economy[edit]

ECF raises awareness and carries out research about returns of investment for cycling infrastructures; job creation (and its benefits); economic impact of cycling, etc.[21]

Cycling tourism[edit]


Health and Environment[edit]

ECF underlines the fact that cycling generates also positive externalities in the field of health. Therefore, it supports a number of projects that ECF Member organizations have set up like the "Bike to Work" and "Bike to School" plans.[23]

Road Safety[edit]


Urban Mobility[edit]

ECF’s main target is more and safer cycling in Europe. According to Eurobarometer,[25] 7.4% of European citizen used the bicycle as their primary means of transport in 2010. By 2020, ECF seeks to see the level of cycling at 15% of the modal split. At the same time, the risk of a serious or fatal accident should decrease by 50%.



Full membership is open to European groups of cycle users, and entitles them to vote at ECF Annual General Meetings (AGM).

Associate membership is open to: European groups that do not meet the criteria for full membership but that support the aims of the ECF, cycling organizations from outside Europe or other bodies with an interest in cycling. They pay the agreed subscription, receive material and may attend the AGM or working groups meetings, but do not have voting rights at meetings.

Full members[edit]

Organisation Country Members
Go 2 Albania  Albania
Radlobby Österreich  Austria
BCC - Brest Cycling Community  Belarus
Minsk Cycling COmmunity  Belarus
Fietsersbond VZW  Belgium 23,000
GRACQ - Les Cyclistes Quotidiens asbl  Belgium
Centar za životnu sredinu  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgarian Cycling Association  Bulgaria
Udruga Sindikat biciklista  Croatia
Dansk Cyklist Forbund (DCF - Danish Cyclists' Association)  Denmark 16,000
Foreningen Frie Fugle  Denmark
Vänta Aga  Estonia
Finnish Cyclists' Federation [fi; fi]  Finland
AF3V (Association Française des Véloroutes et Voies Vertes)  France
FUB - Fédération française des usagers de la bicyclette [fr]  France 30,000
ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club)  Germany 152,000
HPV Deutschland  Germany 1,000
Attica Bike Community  Greece
Podilatiki Apo-Drasi Pierias  Greece
Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki  Greece
Magyar Kerékpárosklub (Hungarian Cyclists' Club)  Hungary
Landssamtök hjólreiðamanna - Icelandic Cyclists' Federation (LHM)  Iceland  Ireland
FIAB (Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta)  Italy
Latvijas Velocelojumu Informacijas Centre  Latvia
Lithuanian Cyclists' Community  Lithuania
Cycle Luxembourg  Luxembourg
LVI (Lëtzebuerger Velos-Initiativ)  Luxembourg
Fietsersbond  Netherlands 35,000
NVHPV - Nederlandse Vereniging voor Human Powered Vehicles [nl]  Netherlands
Bikers Lovers Association[27]  Northern Cyprus 82
SLF (Syklistenes Landsforening)  Norway
Miasta Dla Rowerów (Cities for Bicycles)  Poland
Municipal Association of Bicycle Tourism Circle Relaxation  Poland
FPCUB (Federação Portuguesa de Cicloturismo e Utilizadores de Bicicleta)  Portugal
MUBi – Association for the Urban Mobility on Bicycle  Portugal
Bicycle Transportation Union (Велотранспортный союз)  Russia
Russian Cycle Touring Club  Russia
Yugo cikling kampanja  Serbia
Slovenský cykloklub  Slovakia
Slovenska Kolesarska mreza (Slovenian Cyclists´ Network)  Slovenia
ConBici [es]  Spain
Cykelfrämjandet, The Cycling Promotion in Sweden  Sweden 5,593
Future Bike CH   Switzerland 250
Pro Velo Schweiz   Switzerland 31,000
Izmir Bicycle Association  Turkey 312
Kyiv Cyclists' Association  Ukraine 315
Cyclenation  United Kingdom
Cycling Scotland  United Kingdom [28]

Associate members[edit]

  • Bicycle SA (Australia)
  • Fietsberaad Vlaanderen (Belgium)
  • Toerisme Vlaanderen/ Tourism Flanders (Belgium)
  • Pro Velo asbl (Belgium)
  • T & E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment (Belgium)
  • Vélo Québec (Canada)
  • Nadace Partnerstvi (Czech Republic)
  • Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities (Finland)
  • Hyderabad Bicycling Club (India)
  • Europafietsers [nl] (The Netherlands)
  • Ekopolis Foundation - (Slovakia)
  • AEVV - EGWA, European Greenways Association - (Spain)
  • VCS / ATE (Switzerland)
  • Thailand Cycling Club (TCC) - (Thailand)
  • FLCA (Taiwan)
  • Sustrans (United Kingdom)
  • Alliance for Biking and Walking (United States)
  • One Street (United States)

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Board | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Christophe Najdovski @C_Najdovski elected President of The European Cyclists' Federation "To make the ECF Vision for cycling in 2030 an EU Vision for 2030"". May 19, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Velo City". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Essay Writing VeloCity 2014". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
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  9. ^ "Cycle Highways Innovation for smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "CHIPS | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Home". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-10-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Scientists for Cycling | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "Members of ECF's Cycling Industry Club found new association: Cycling Industries Europe | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "World Cycling Alliance | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "Cycling Forum Europe | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Global policies | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "Cycling & New Technologies | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Cycling economy | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  22. ^ "Cycling tourism | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  23. ^ "Health and environment | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  24. ^ "Road safety | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  25. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2015-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^
  27. ^ Northern Cyprus Archived 2018-08-31 at the Wayback Machine Bikers Lovers Association
  28. ^ "Our members | ECF". Retrieved October 20, 2019.

External links[edit]

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