European Cyclists' Federation

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European Cyclists' Federation
Logo ECF.jpg
Motto The Voice of European Cyclists for Over 25 Years
Formation 1983
Type NGO
Purpose "More people cycling, more often"
Location
Key people
Manfred Neun, President
Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General
Website http://www.ecf.com

European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) is an umbrella federation for national cycling organizations (organizations that promote bike for urban mobility) 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.

Mission[edit]

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

Organization[edit]

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 and in 2017 it will be organised in Nijmegen.[2]

Board[edit]

Board members are elected for 2 years and half of the board has to be voted on every year. The latest board members were elected in 2016 in Stockholm. As of October 2016 the ECF president is Manfred Neun.[3]

Projects[edit]

Velo-city[edit]

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. The next conferences in 2017 will be held in the region Arnhem - Nijmegen, the Netherlands.[6]

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.[7]

ActiveVoice[edit]

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Bike2Work[edit]

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CHIPS[edit]

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FLOW[edit]

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.[12][13]

Networks[edit]

Cities for cyclists[edit]

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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.[15]

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.[16]

World Cycling Alliance[edit]

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Cycling Forum Europe[edit]

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Advocacy[edit]

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

Global policies[edit]

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Cycling and New Technologies[edit]

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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.[22]

Cycling tourism[edit]

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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.[24]

Road Safety[edit]

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Urban Mobility[edit]

ECF’s main target is more and safer cycling in Europe. According to Eurobarometer,[26] 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%.

Members[edit]

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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  Finland
AF3V (Association Française des Véloroutes et Voies Vertes)  France
FUB - FÉDÉRATION FRANÇAISE DES USAGERS DE LA BICYCLETTE  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
POLEIS GIA PODILATO  Greece
Magyar Kerékpárosklub (Hungarian Cyclists' Club)  Hungary
Landssamtök hjólreiðamanna - Icelandic Cyclists' Federation (LHM)  Iceland
Cyclist.ie  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
NEDERLANDSE VERENIGING VOOR HUMAN POWERED VEHICLES  Netherlands
SLF (Syklistenes Landsforening)  Norway
Miasta Dla Rowerów (Cities for Bicycles)  Poland
PSWE - POMORSKIE STOWARZYSZENIE ”WSPÓLNA EUROPA”  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
FEDERATIA BICICLISTILOR DIN ROMANIA  Romania
Bicycle Transportation Union (Велотранспортный союз)  Russia
Russian Cycle Touring Club  Russia
Yugo cikling kampanja  Serbia
NSBI - NOVOSADSKA BICIKLISTIČKA INICIJATIVA  Serbia
Slovenský Cykloklub  Slovakia
Slovenska Kolesarska mreza (Slovenian Cyclists´ Network)  Slovenia
A Contramano: ASAMBLEA DE CICLISTAS DE SEVILLA  Spain 116
CONBICI  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
BISIKLET DERNEĞI  Turkey
ENVERÇEVKO  Turkey
Kyiv Cyclists' Association  Ukraine 315
Cyclenation  United Kingdom
Cycling UK  United Kingdom

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)
  • YISRAEL BISHVIL OFANAYIM (Israel)
  • STICHTING EUROPAFIETSERS (The Netherlands)
  • GREEN REVOLUTION ASSOCIATION (Romania)
  • STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE OF MOSCOW “SCIENTIFIC-RESEARCH AND DESIGN INSTITUTE OF MOSCOW URBAN TRANSPORT” (Russia)
  • CIKLO SVET SRBIJA (Serbia)
  • 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)

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