Brussels – April 26, 2016
On April 26th the Committee of the Regions (CoR) organised a stakeholder consultation on ‘An EU Roadmap for Cycling’. Specifically, the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Funds (COTER) is currently drafting an opinion on the topic: the debate was led by Rapporteur Mr. Kevin Peel – Councillor of Manchester City – and the expert Fabian Küster – Senior Policy Officer at the European Cyclists’ Federation. There is a growing demand for action at the EU level to help unlock the well-evidenced environmental, health and economic benefits of cycling. The CoR, as the voice of local and regional authorities, is participating in the discussion on EU initiatives for the promotion of cycling because cities and regions are expected to benefit most from such actions. CONEBI emphasised the importance of setting up a European focal point for Cycling on a full-time basis given the range of challenges to be faced.