More Biking in Small and Medium-Sized Towns in Central and Eastern Europe by 2020 (Mobile2020)

More Biking in Small and Medium-Sized Towns in Central and Eastern Europe by 2020 (Mobile2020)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

BEF Deutschland (Baltic Environmental Forum)

Overall project value

EUR 176,823

Date

May 2011 – May 2014

Beneficiary countries

Central and Eastern Europe

Number of staff

16

Cyclists represent about 20 percent of the modal share in Europe's frontrunner cities, but the percentage is far lower in towns and cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Mobile2020 was funded by the STEER Programme, the transport branch of the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, as a response to two STEER objectives: to encourage a shift among passengers to less intensive modes; and to improve the knowledge of future and current practitioners.

The overall goal of the Mobile2020 project is to enable stakeholders in small and medium-sized cities (of up to 350,000 inhabitants) in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to increase their share of biking as a mode of everyday transport, and for cycling to claim a significant share by the year 2020. By creating national working groups on cycling in the target countries, the project aimed to support the long-term development of cycling, maintain exchanges of experience, and empower municipal planners and decision makers to make the right investments, improve planning procedures and trigger changes in behaviour at local level.

Although the beneficiary countries shared certain political and economic pasts, their cycling cultures and geographical characteristics varied considerably, and each required a different approach. The REC was responsible for facilitating dialogue among Hungarian and Polish transport and cycling stakeholders; disseminating information about good practices in cycling planning, infrastructure and services; communicating behavioural change; and organising capacity-building events in the two countries.

The REC contributed to the following activities in Hungary and Poland:

  • identifying stakeholders able to contribute to the promotion of cycling and establishing national working groups;
  • building capacities and preparing professional multipliers to promote bicycle use in municipalities by enhancing their knowledge and skills;
  • carrying out research and identifying good practices;
  • organising visits to study good-practice examples in Western Europe;
  • organising thematic seminars on various aspects of cycling for local planners and decision makers;
  • organising cycle tours; and
  • ensuring visibility and raising awareness by disseminating PR materials and providing information to the media.

The overall achievements of the Mobile2020 project are summarised in the publication Keeping Balance, produced by the REC and available on the project website.

  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity building
  • Preparation of guidance materials
  • Publishing
  • Events organisation

Project Publications