Cycling Festival Europe 2016:

On April 16th around 400 cyclists celebrated the Cycling Festival Europe along Lake Eymir and the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.

Students, children and representatives of local authorities and embassies enjoyed the activities on site. The launch was carried out by Ambassador Kees van Rij and Mrs. Gülhan Yüksel, Deputy Secretary General of METU. The main goal was to draw attention to recreational cycling in Turkey and at the same time expose the Dutch EU Presidency. Given the enthusiastic response, the embassy and other local partners are considering to organize this event annually. 





Upcoming events

June 22, 2016: EuBike Conference On Cycling, Sharing and Creating

Networking event and presentation of local cycling initiatives. The conference is co-organized by the Zoï Environment Network, RCE Vienna and IMC FH Krems and funded by the EU lifelong learning project EuBike.

Location: CoSpace - Gumpendorferstrasse 65/1, Vienna, Austria.

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522634634712169/  

For questions or to register:  eubike@zoinet.org 


Best practices

With the Cycling Master Plan 2015-2025 the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management continues the successful promotion of cycling. The aim is to increase the cycling mode share to 13 per cent by 2025.

Radel zur Arbeit (Cycle to work), is a yearly event which encourages companies and individuals to use their bikes to go to work. This year it is taking place during the whole month of May. http://www.radeltzurarbeit.at/

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The platform “Cycle Competence Austria” offers the best possible cycling solutions “Made in Austria” to improve cycle traffic, launch international networking activities and transfer know-how to interested parties from all over Europe. http://radkompetenz.at/en/


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Electric Bike Support Programme and research on the use of electric bikes

As part of the klimaaktiv climate initiative the klimaaktiv mobil programme offers financial support to the following groups that aim to reduce CO2 emissions by means of mobility projects: businesses, property developers, cities, municipalities, regions, as well as players from the tourism industry, schools and youth initiatives. A research project from the Austrian province of Vorarlberg in 2010 highlighted the question of how many passenger cars could be replaced by electric bikes. 500 people (individuals as well as institutions) took part in this research project. They forwarded their information regarding the amount of cycling with their electric bike on a quarterly basis. The findings of the project were among others, that the average route on an electric bike was around seven kilometres. Before the implementation of the project, around half of the trips conducted by the survey members were done by a conventional bike and 35% by passenger car. http://www.klimaaktiv.at/mobilitaet/radfahren/studien_zahlen/efahrrad.html



Austrian Cycling Conference 2016

• Motto: From recreational to everyday cycling

• Date: 23-24 June 2016

• Location: Culture and Congress Centre Eisenstadt, Franz Schubert-Platz 6, 7000 Eisenstadt, Austria

• Register online:  www.radgipfel2016.at 

• Conference Language: German. Parts of the program will be translated into Hungarian 

• Costs: free of charge

The 9th Austrian Cycling Conference will take place on the 23rd and 24th of June 2016 with the motto "From recreational to everyday cycling". Child and youth mobility as well as suggestions on how to transform the bicycle from tourist traffic to everyday traffic will be the main focus of the conference. In lectures and workshops, national and international experts, including Lukas Stadtherr from Switzerland and Michael Cramer, Member of the European Parliament, will share their experience from projects and research. The highlight of the agenda "Knowledge creates more cycling" will provide an insight into the ongoing work at universities and research facilities targeting cycling innovations. The organizer of the Austrian Cycling Conference is the Province of Burgenland and the City of Eisenstadt with support of the climate initiative from the Austrian Ministry of Environment. Cooperation partners are the Austrian Association of Cities and Municipalities.




The youngest EU member has been trying to promote cycling in the recent past. Every year the Cyclists’ union is organizing a festival called “Pedalafest” in the capital Zagreb. Transportation experts and activists from all over Europe share their experiences in the field of transport planning and transformation of cities, activities of cycling organizations, preventing thefts and economic aspect of cycling transportation. This year’s festival starts on the 2nd of June.



Best practices: Bike2Work initiative: The local organization “Sindikat Biciklista” is encouraging people to use their bikes on their way to work. Among other activites they offer educational courses for cycling beginners.






Europe: Let’s Go Cycling 

Orange Bike Ride 2016, Zagreb, Croatia 

Zagreb Goes Cycling in Orange! 

On the 7th of May, the Dutch Embassy in Croatia organizes an Orange Bike Ride through the city center of Zagreb. With a distinct Dutch touch to it, this ride marks Europe Day and is also part of the 2016 European Cycling Challenge, organized by the City of Zagreb (#vozizazagreb). The goal is to promote smart mobility, as one of the priorities in the Dutch EU Presidency program, and to show that cycling is fun! Up to a 1.000 cyclists are expected to participate in this event.

Towards the evening of the 7th, the programme continues with the “Meet Me In ORANGE” talkshow, where the public can listen to inspiring presentations about the biking culture and cycling habits in Croatia and the Netherlands. This show is co-organised with TEDx Zagreb and wants to promote cycling as an efficient means of transport in Croatia.

For subscription to The Orange Bike Ride, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1727792547442253/ 

Save the date and be ready to spread the message of smart mobility! And remember that cycling is a way of life. 



Programme: Europski trg, Zagreb

10:00 EU Picnic

12:00 Beginning of Orange Bike Ride through the centre of Zagreb

18:00 Meet Me In ORANGE – Public talkshow about the biking culture and cycling habits in Croatia and the Netherlands, in cooperation with TEDx Zagreb

Register: Admission is free and registration is not necessary. A touch of orange is recommended.


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https://twitter.com/NLinCroatia or check:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1727792547442253/

For the route of the event check:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zJlVcRmcUbCY.kKazDXnbvnG8