More biking in small and medium sized towns of Central and Eastern Europe by 2020 (Mobile2020)
Duration: May 2011 – May 2014
Financiers: Intelligent Energy Europe program
The project mobile2020 aimed to support and promote cycling in small and medium sized cities up to 350.000 inhabitants in Central and Eastern Europe. These cities have a much lower share of cyclists compared to what would be possible if cycling would be consequently promoted and infrastructure would be upgraded. Mobile2020 wanted address exactly these towns through seminars, study visits and give them first assistance on their way to a higher share of cyclists. The events were carried out by trained multipliers of Atgaja (LT) and the BEF and REC network. The multipliers are supported by Dutch and German experts as well as by the cities of Odense (DK), Västerås (SE), Linköping (SE), Groningen (NL) and Bozen (IT).
With mobile2020 we stimulated the rethinking of planning processes in small and medium sized towns in 11 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. We transfered suitable good experiences from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and other countries and made them applicable in our target countries.
- initiated national working groups of cycling professionals to keep up the discussion on a high level and to think about long term objectives,
- seeked to broadly inform towns and cities in Central and Eastern Europe systematically about what they can do to increase the share of cycling in the future,
- empowered municipal planners and decision-makers to make the right investments, improve their planning procedures and to trigger a change in their citizens’ mobility behavior,
- carried out a number of workshops seminars and study visits to spread the good experiences, knowledge and ideas that will improve the conditions for cycling in Central and Eastern Europe in the future.
- organized a number of public events and competitions where municipalities in the region could demonstrate their achievements in favour of cycling and where every cycling enthusiast could join in.
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