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CYCLISTS❤TRAINS: We Call on Europe to Boost Multimodality

(En anglais, l'ECF interpelle les institutions européennes de garantir au moins 8 places vélo dans le train.

Euro­peans love trains and bicy­cles. Our dense rail­way and bike lanes net­works pro­vide for the most sus­tain­able, flex­i­ble and effi­cient way to trav­el. The review of the leg­is­la­tion on rail pas­sen­gers’ rights is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to facil­i­tate the com­bi­na­tion of the two. With the #Trains­For­Cy­clists cam­paign, the Euro­pean Cyclists’ Fed­er­a­tion and its mem­bers are call­ing on the Euro­pean insti­tu­tions to pro­vide at least 8 spaces ded­i­cat­ed to bicy­cles on all new and refur­bished trains.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has the ambi­tion to make Europe the first net-zero car­bon emis­sion con­ti­nent by 2050, as high­light­ed in the Euro­pean Green Deal. It has also stressed the impor­tance of mul­ti­modal­i­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly with regard to longer dis­tances. With the recast of the EU Rail Pas­sen­gers’ Rights and Oblig­a­tions Reg­u­la­tion there is an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a sig­nif­i­cant step into the right direc­tion by improv­ing rail and bicy­cle solu­tions as an effec­tive alter­na­tive to car­bon-inten­sive car and plane trips

Read more on the Euro­pean Cyclist’s Fed­er­a­tion

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Thierry Roch

Président de l'au5v, Association des Usagers du Vélo, des Voies Vertes et Véloroutes des Vallées de l'Oise.

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