Question asked by: Csanád Szegedi (NI)
Subject: Building more cycle paths in the EU
What further development plans does the Commission have with the aim of expanding the Member States’ and international cycle path networks?
Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the European Commission
For the period 2007-2013, the EU's Structural and Cohesion Funds made available an estimated budget of over EUR 600 million for the implementation of investment in cycle infrastructure in regions across the EU. An allocation of EUR 26.2 billion of the EU budget (Connecting Europe Facility) will be made available for the period 2014 ‐2020 for the financing of projects on the Trans-European Transport Network. This includes cycle lanes where appropriate alongside bridges or tunnels which are built using this funding. Within the competence of the EU in the field of tourism, several awareness-raising and networking-building projects for the development of long-distance cycling routes have been co-financed by the Preparatory Action ‘Sustainable Tourism’. Moreover, the Commission supported with grants the projects related to the EuroVelo Network central coordination and to greenways’ promotion. The Commission actively encourages the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) to help organise the mobility of people and the delivery of goods in a better and more sustainable way. These will ensure that cycle infrastructure is included at the planning stage. Furthermore, the Civitas Initiative has committed EUR 200 million since 2002 to help 59 participating cities to implement and evaluate over 120 innovative cycling-related measures, in order to develop new approaches to cycling in cities. European Mobility Week also takes credit for a kaleidoscope of permanent measures put forward by participating cities to improve public transport and urban infrastructure in general.