The European Parliament’s resolution on developing an EU cycling strategy, adopted in the past weeks, advocates for cycling to be recognised as a fully-fledged mode of transport.
It highlights the benefits cycling could bring to the EU’s green transition: better health, reduced road congestion and noise pollution, improved air quality and economic growth. MEPs urge the Commission to develop a European cycling strategy with the aim of doubling the number of kilometres cycled in Europe by 2030.
MEPs encourage EU governments and local authorities to invest significantly more money in the construction of segregated cycling infrastructure and reduce VAT rates for the supply, rental, and repair of bikes and e-bikes. In addition, this will address the lack of secured parking and dedicated bike lanes, but also the insufficient measures to prevent theft, which are some of the obstacles preventing the growth of cycling in cities.
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