European Cyclists’ Federation

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is an umbrella federation for national cycling organisations (organisations which promote bike for urban mobility) throughout Europe.

ECF was founded in 1983 by 12 bicycle user associations.  It now has 67 member organisations representing over half a million individual European citizens in nearly 40 countries.  ECF stands for:

  • To promote and encourage cycling throughout Europe and abroad
  • Cycling policy at European level
  • Cycle tourism as a sustainable economic factor
  • Environment-friendly mobility
  • Cycling as a health factor
  • Cycling as part of intermobility
  • Safety for vulnerable road users



The ECF mission includes:

  • To ensure that bicycle use achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and public well-being and economic development via sustainable tourism;
  • To change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level.

In line with this mission, the aim of the ECF EuroVelo project is to promote and coordinate the creation and operation of a complete European cycle route network, the EuroVelo network, crossing and uniting the whole European continent.  This is the truly sustainable Trans-European Transport Network.

For further information on the ECF please view the website.