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Sustainable Planning & Innovation for Bicycles (SPICYCLES)

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Cycling is fast on its way to become a mainstream tool for cities to conquer back their centres and to increase the quality of life in their cities. The image of cycling is growing, but on the streets there is still limited activity. The minor role cycling plays is due to reasons of technical and political nature. There is a need for a strategy that tackles the issue from different perspectives. Cities need support in increasing of the modal share of cycling in their cities. SPICYCLES aimed to create this support and made tools and know-how available to the cities in an attractive format. The project demonstrated that the modal share of cycling can be increased in European cities with different geographic, climate and cultural conditions. The coordination of all such actions provided at the end for an integrated set of measures that can make the difference in the long term.


  • Overview of bike sharing within and outside Europe in 2007 - Finalisation of transport study for Rome - Preparation of bike sharing test in Rome
  • Extension of bike sharing test in the area of Lundby (Göteborg); - Launching and promotion of the bike sharing pilot scheme in Ploiesti; - Publication of the cycling network map in Rome - Organisation of the Bike Week in Barcelona; - Promotion of cycling during the Mobility week in Ploiesti; - Finalisation of study on bicycle user’s profile in Bucharest (RATB); - Draft guidelines for bicycle route network planning and bicycle parking in Berlin
  • Surveys, meetings and drawings for bicycle highways in Göteborg; - Survey and pre-study for the cycle centre in Göteborg - Doubling of cycle parking spaces (from 7.000 to 14.000) in Barcelona; - Publication of a new map of cycling routes in Barcelona; - Technical Study for the development of cycling infrastructure Bucharest - Implementation of a cycle registration pilot as a telematics application in Barcelona - Purchase and installation of new bicycle racks in Rome

Lessons learned

  • SPICYCLES actions mainly consisted of a number of light measures, such as organising information and awareness campaigns, creating platforms for involving stakeholders, creation of parking spaces for bicycles or racks, etc. As a consequence no high risks for the implementation of the same actions in other cities were identified.
  • According to the evaluation approach almost all barriers and drivers have a moderate influence in the implementation process and transferability of the SPICYCLES actions.
  • Some local conditions like urban sprawl and city hilliness can negatively affect the implementation of measures promoting the use of cycling.

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Istituto di Studi per l'Integrazione dei Sistemi
Contact point: 
Andrea Ricci
0039 06 3612920
Mr Andrea Ricci
0039 06 3212655
Mr Stefano Proietti
Mario Gualdi
0039 063212655


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01/01/2006 to 31/12/2008
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