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Further implementation and improvement of cycling audits in EU cities and regions, training of certified auditors and continuous exchange of knowledge on cycling policy by setting up a BYPAD-platform (BYPAD PLATFORM)

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The BYPAD Platform aimed to improve the quality of cycling policies and increased the bicycle use and safety, by implementing audits in European cities and regions. BYPAD was developed as a former SAVE project. It resulted in a profound evaluation report of the actual cycling policy and a concrete Bicycle Action Plan. The BYPAD Platform updated the audit methodology, trained qualified auditors, and offered a quality label for cities and regions. The project guaranteed the exchange of experiences and good practices in cycling policies. It expanded the BYPAD network successfully to new EU countries. The BYPAD methodology was adapted for regions (large metropolitan districts, counties, provinces) and for small towns. Developing a good practice database and organising different international seminars supported the exchange of knowledge between relevant stakeholders. The BYPAD website, newsletters and regional workshops continued with the Platform.


  • Having an international network of BYPAD-auditors (consultants, universities), cities and regions
  • Exchange of experience on cycling policy between at least 80 EU-cities and 35 Eu-regions.
  • Train at least 10 new BYPAD-auditors in new BYPAD-countries (= new EU-countries + Spain, Greece).
  • Implementing auditing techniques / total quality management in sustainable transport planning
  • Having an increase in cycling use and a decrease in private car use

Lessons learned

  • BYPAD is a strong instrument with a good name recognition all over Europe. Via BYPAD the aspect of Total Quality Management in cycling policy has been introduced and it is now also recognized as an efficient method to improve local and regional cycling policies. As BYPAD initially is a self-evaluation tool to help improve the cycling policy of a city, region or town there has been given a lot of attention to the comparing of scores and results by these authorities.
  • BYPAD went a big step further than the classical collection and exchange of good practices and experiences via workshops, websites, leaflets, trainings. Although this element of exchanging knowledge on cycling policy between different EU cities was one of the goals of BYPAD it was very clear that the participating cities, towns and regions where at first place interested in the direct advice they got via the audit report and the audit process guided by an external auditor in their own city.
  • It becomes clear that the package of necessary and justified cycling measures differs from level of cycle use in a city or region. For example in a city with a low cycle use it is logical to invest in infrastructure and traffic safety before stimulating and promoting bicycle use. Depending on the level of development a city has reached the most effective package of cycle measures differs. With BYPAD it is possible to give a clear answer which package of cycle measures is most appropriate.

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01/01/2006 to 30/09/2008
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