Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

5.1 Bicycle steering group

5.1 Bicycle steering group

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A bicycle/cycling steering group guides and supports the implementation of cycling measures and the promotion of cycling within a city.

Considerations for applicability

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Level of cycling

The development of bicycle steering groups is likely to benefit cities with both low and high levels of cycling. When cycling levels are low, bicycle steering groups can assist in the initial activities related to identifying and addressing challenges for cycling in the city. In cities with high levels of cycling, their role may be more focussed on identifying further improvements that can be made, and the dissemination of best practice to other cities.

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Urban layout/topography


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Finance Resources

There may be significant operating costs to cover salaries and rent. This will vary depending on the type of activities, responsibilities and size of the steering group. In some cases steering group roles will be voluntary or within the scope of existing job roles, especially within the public sector.

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Time & Human Resources

Significant ongoing time and human resources are required. The activities of a steering group can range from identifying challenges through to the implementation of measures and ongoing evaluation of the cycling activity. The number of individuals in a steering group can also be large due to the range of activities and the number of stakeholders that need to be represented.

The Active Mobility Unit in the city of Gdansk is made up of 10 people, while the cycle superhighway Secretariat in Copenhagen is much larger, representing 23 municipalities.

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Public transport, bus and cyclist Modal share

A bicycle steering group is effective in supporting and improving the implementation of infrastructural and promotional cycling measures. Across all cycling measures, increasing modal share is the common impact that will result from successful implementation and so a steering group can be considered important for maximising possible increases in modal share.

Note: An overview of the direct and indirect impacts resulting from correctly implemented cycling measures is available in Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them.

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