Cycling risks being sidelined in EU parliament infrastructure vote

נשלח 12 בדצמ׳ 2012, 12:59 על ידי Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 12 בדצמ׳ 2012, 13:00 ]
by Carlton Reid, 12/12/2012
 
Cycling risks being sidelined in EU parliament infrastructure vote

Next week the EU Parliament's Transport Committee votes on infrastructure funding: cycling could be sidelined. Lobby, urge orgs.

This coming Tuesday, the European Parliament will decide if billions will be made available for cycling infrastructure. Strategic EU documents have so far failed to mention cycling and it is at risk of being sidelined by more powerful lobby interests, warns the European Cyclists' Federation.

In Italy, lobbying pressure has succeeded in MEPs promising to raise the concerns of cycling organisations in the transport committee vote. In the UK, CTC has prepared a template for form letters to be emailed to the chair of the transport committee: an English MEP.

Ed Lancaster, ECF Policy Officer for Regional Policy & Cycling Tourism said:

"There are 35 million daily cyclists in Europe. There are more than 100 million Europeans that cycle regularly. The European Institutions, however, are failing to take cycling seriously as a mode of transport."

On December 18th, the European Transport Committee will vote on legislation which will have a big impact on cycling as it concerns the funding rules for major infrastructure projects in the strategic European networks (Trans-European Transport Network, or Ten-T for short). Although this appears to be major road, rail and transport corridors, the exclusion of cycling would mean that cycling provision such as road crossings, major junctions and ECF’s strategic EuroVelo network would be excluded.

"It’s time for us to remind the European Parliament, a democratically elected body, that cyclists’ have a voice and a place in European policy," said Lancaster.

Last year, the Parliament’s official opinion was to include Eurovelo in this network. Being included in this network would open up the path for billions of euros of investments in cycling infrastructure across Europe.

Since then the European Commission and the Transport Committee in the European Parliament have been preparing these guidelines, but have excluded cycling and EuroVelo, despite the earlier recommendation.

Lancaster warned: "Once again, they have excluded cycling from transport policy and billions in potential funding. We need to make sure that cycling gets the funding it deserves."

Chris Peck of CTC said:

"Funding could strengthen EuroVelo, the network of pan-European cycle routes, three of which run through Britain - albeit in embryonic form. More widely, commitment to cycling by the EU would help ensure that new infrastructure is build with cyclists' needs in mind.

CTC wants cyclists to contact Brian Simpson MEP, who chairs the Transport Committee and represents North West England.

"This is a unique opportunity to ensure that funding doesn't just go to major road and rail projects," said Peck.

CTC has prepared an online form that is auto emailed to Simpson's office. Cyclists just need to add their contact details.

The letter says:

"There are 35 million citizens cycling every day. There are more than 100 million Europeans that cycle regularly. Yet cycling is in danger of being left out of important European transport funding and policy.

"In December 2011, the European Parliament showed that it saw potential for significant growth in cycling and that it was a priority case for European investment by recommending that the European Cycle Route Network, EuroVelo and associated cycling facilities should be included in the Trans-European Transportation Network (Ten-T) strategic transport network.

"CTC, the UK's national cycling charity and ECF feel that, despite last year's supportive recommendations, the European institutions are now ignoring, forgetting and failing the millions of European citizen cycling in Europe. As a democratically elected body, European Parliament must listen to its citizens.

"I call on you, as a UK representative and Chair of the Transport Committee to respect 100 million European citizens and the actions of the parliament by restoring cycling to its appropriate place in the Ten-T guidelines.

"If you do not, you are disrespecting the needs of 100 million citizens and the huge potential for economic growth, carbon reduction and reduced congestion that investing in cycling can bring.

"In the vote on the 18th of December, please vote the amendments with the following content:

- Integrate EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, into the Trans European Transportation Network (TEN-T)
- Improve, develop the road infrastructure / conditions of cycle routes that run along the TEN-T Corridors
- Implement safe (grade separate) intersections when TEN-T infrastructure corridors cross local, regional, national cycle routes."

Source: bikebiz.com


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There are 35 million daily cyclists in Europe. There are more than 100 million Europeans that cycle regularly. Yet the European Institutions are failing to take cycling seriously as a mode of Transport.

Strategic EU documents keep failing to mention cycling and it is at risk of being sidelined by more powerful lobby interests.

It’s time for this to change.

Important budgets are being decided between now and 2014, and we want to stop this negative trend. It’s time for us to remind the European Parliament, a democratically elected body, that cyclists’ have a voice and a place in European policy.

By putting pressure on them, we make sure that cycling deserves recognition as an important mode of transport.

The First Big Battle: Including Cycling in the Strategic European Transport Networks.


We have identified an opportunity for ECF, its members, our allies and cyclists across Europe to remind the Parliament to take cycling seriously. On December 18, the European Transport Committee will vote on crucial legislation.

This particular case is the funding rules for major infrastructure projects in the strategic European networks (called Ten-T). Although this appears to be major road, rail and transport corridors, the exclusion of cycling would mean that cycling provision such as road crossings, major junctions and our own strategic EuroVelo network would be excluded.

Last year, the Parliament’s official opinion was to include Eurovelo in this network. Being included in this network would open up the path for billions of euros of investments in cycling infrastructure across Europe.

Since then the European Commission and the Transport Committee in the European Parliament have been preparing these guidelines, but have excluded cycling and EuroVelo, despite this earlier recommendation.

Once again, they have excluded cycling from transport policy and billions in potential funding.

With your help, we can change this. It's not too late. Italy's national cycling association, FIAB, have already managed to convince many of their Italian MEPs.

Action to Take:


Send These MEPs An Email before Tuesday, December 18.

We have prepared a draft statement, available here.

Please translate this where possible or write your own statement. We have identified the most influential MEPs in drafting this legislation. Please contact these MEPs first.

· Georgios Koumoutsakos (Greece) georgios.koumoutsakos@europarl.europa.eu
· Ismail Ertug (Germany) ismail.ertug@europarl.europa.eu
· Gesine Meissner (Germany) gesine.meissner@europarl.europa.eu
· Michael Kramer (Germany) (Already Convinced)
· Mathieu Grosch (Belgium) mathieu.grosch@europarl.europa.eu
· Saïd El Khadraoui (Belgium) said.elkhadraoui@europarl.europa.eu
· Roberts Zīle (Latvia) roberts.zile@europarl.europa.eu
· Jaromír Kohlíček (Czech Republic) jaromir.kohlicek@europarl.europa.eu
· Magdi Cristiano Allam (Italy) magdicristiano.allam@europarl.europa.eu (FIAB has prepared an online translation here)
· Brian Simpson (United Kingdom) brian.simpson@europarl.europa.eu (CTC has prepared an online petition here)

If an MEP from your country cannot be found above, please contact your country’s MEP from the Parliament’s Transport Committee. They can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/tran/members.html#menuzone

Any further questions, don't hesitate to contact ECF's Regional Policy Officer, Ed Lancaster. (e.lancaster[at]ecf.com)

You can read more news about the vote here

EU plans to lock out cycling from major transport funds
 
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By Chris Peck on 11 December 2012
Billions of pounds worth of road projects could go ahead without catering to cyclists' needs. CTC wants to influence the Transport Committee of the European Parliament, which will be issuing guidance on major funding which currently excludes cycling. Write to the Chair to express you views.
The Transport Committee will discuss major transport funding priorities
The Transport Committee will discuss major transport funding priorities

Funding priorities for the next few years are being set and cycling may lose out without pressure on the Transport Committee.

Last year there were suggestions that cycling be included within the Trans-European Transport Network, and therefore able to access funds for long distance cycle routes.

In particular, this could strengthen EuroVelo, the network of pan-European cycle routes, 3 of which run through Britain - albeit in embryonic form! More widely, commitment to cycling by the EU would help ensure that new infrastructure is build with cyclists' needs in mind.

CTC was alerted to the threat to funding by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), to which CTC, and, by extension, all CTC members, are affiliated.

CTC wants cyclists to get in touch with Brian Simpson MEP, who chairs the Transport Committee and represents North West England.

This is a unique opportunity to ensure that funding doesn't just go to major road and rail projects - there's a draft letter ready to go, all you need is sign it.

Source: ctc.org.uk
 
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