Rethinking post-COVID Mobility: The European Cyclists’ Federation Puts the Spotlight on Cycle Logistics
In celebration of World Bicycle Day, the European Cyclists’ Federation held a webinar on "Cycling for a Safe COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond". During the webinar, ECF presented five recommendations for European, national and local authorities to promote cycling and unlock its true potential for a green COVID19 recovery.
Besides calling for 95,000km of COVID cycling lanes, 30km/h speed limits and an assistance package for cycle tourism, ECF made a compelling case for e-bike and cargo bike incentives and highlighted the limitless potential of cargo bikes for emission-free city logistics.
Incentivize Positive Change
Morten Kabell, co-CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation argued: “incentivize positive change and disincentivize car travel. One thing we call for here (…) is 5 billion Euros for e-bikes and cargo bikes (…) we call on the European institutions to establish a set of subsidies so that it becomes cheaper to buy an e-bike. Why is that? Well, we have seen that for instance in Sweden that had an incentive scheme of 25% subsidies for an e-bike that it dramatically changed the picture. (…) we know that these subsidy schemes work”
50% of Motorized DeliveryTrips could be Switched to Bikes
ECF also highlighted that cargo bikes offer a huge and untapped potential, which remains to be exploited.
Jill Warren, co-CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation explained: “we know that cycle logistics or using bikes for delivery basically has much more potential. Environmentally-friendly delivery modes such as cargo bikes are essential if we want to address the environmental impact of delivery traffic (…) over 50% of motorized trips for moving goods in our cities could be switched to bikes.”
Referring to the CCCB project, she emphasized that “cargo bikes outmatch traditional vehicles in almost every respect. Over 90% of vans currently circulating are diesel-fueled. A single cargo bike replacing a diesel transporter saved 5 tons CO2 emissions per year. (…) this makes cargo bikes one of the most effective tools for achieving the EU goal of CO2-free city logistics by 2030.
The webinar highlighted the COVID19 crisis as a turning point for Europe and predicted that cycling and cycle logistics will be an essential element of the post-COVID urban mobility landscape. Have a look at the webinar in full here.