The 'Great Transition' to a post-fossil energy economy lies in cycling

נשלח 24 במאי 2011, 7:49 על ידי Sustainability Org


On the 7th of April, the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) published their Flagship Report 2011 in Berlin, outlining the desperate need for a post-fossil economic strategy on the national, European and global level.  The ECF president, Manfred Neun, had the chance to meet with 5 of the council members, and pushed for more cycling to be included into this bottom-up policy approach.

Now with the International Transport Forum (ITF) fast approaching (25-27 May),  Neun will be telling the National Transport Ministers from 53 participating countries that cycling will be crucial in this “Great Transition” towards a post fossil economy. He will be pushing for cycling to be taken seriously in the global transport debate, and will be asking all Ministers to sign the recent “Charter of Seville”.

E-mobility will clearly be a key topic of discussion, and ECF is adamant that Electric Cars are not the way forward. With the recent hype surrounding electric mobility, it is often forgotten that the bicycle industry already has a proven and economically viable solution: E-Bicycles.

“Regarding energy efficiency and transport, the benchmark on passive mobility is clearly set by the train, the benchmark on active mobility by the bicycle. The German government-even with investments in E-mobility-is creating a tremendous imbalance by prioritizing motorized transport and neglecting the much higher potential of train travel and cycling,” Neun remarks.

In a recent press release, ECF stressed bicycles should be given as much, if not more, attention than the car industry is currently receiving. This is crucial if we are to achieve this great transition.

At the ITF, we’re calling for more public resources and space to be given to the bicycle and for its important role in both mobility and e-mobility to be recognized,’ explains Neun, before adding, “But no matter how the bicycle is powered, with just pure human power or with an electric assisted motor –cycling means happiness, cycling is community building and as everyone can have a bicycle, cycling is democracy.” 

ECF president Manfred Neun meets In the yard of the Tutzing Castle with members from the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and other high-profile individuals,  (from left to right side): Prof Lars Gemzøe, Gehl architects Copenhagen; Dr Martin Held, Protestant Academy Tutzing; Manfred Neun, ECF president; Dr Franziska Matthies, WHO Rome; Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE, WBGU chair PIK; Prof Reinhold Leinfelder, WBGU; Prof Uwe Schneidewind, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy.

Photo Credit: Lisbon Cycle Chic


  • Read the Recent Press Release announcing ECF’s decision to attend the conference, and its vision on the future of E-Mobility.
  • Read the Charter of Seville, which ECF will try to get all National Ministers to sign
  •  ECF ITF Fact Sheet.pdf Look over some relevant facts and figures that ECF has published on the conference
  • Browse through our photos of VIPs on bicycles