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ECF attend Connecting Europe Conference to promote EuroVelo and Cycle Highways

08.11.2017
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Following the enthusiastic reaction to the ECF’s EuroVelo booth at the TEN-T Days events in Riga (2015) and Rotterdam (2016), the team attended this year’s Connecting Europe Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.   The aim was to promote the fact that measures related to EuroVelo routes and cycling generally can be included in TEN-T projects and that measures such as the development of cycle highways can ease the pressure on the networks of other transport modes.

The Trans-European Transport Network is a European Union transport policy that aims to connect the continent, close gaps and remove bottlenecks in order to promote and strengthen transport chains for passengers and goods.  It has a budget of €26 billion for the seven years leading up to 2020 and aims to integrate all transport modes into a common transport policy

In 2014, following a campaign by the ECF, its Members and supporters, a reference to cycling and EuroVelo was included in the TEN-T Guidelines for the first time.  Since then references to cycling and EuroVelo have featured prominently in the Calls that have been published providing the opportunity for cycling measures to be included in CEF-funded projects.

This is starting to be reflected in the projects that are being approved.  For example, the 4km Storstrøm Bridge will connect Zealand and Falster in Denmark.  As well as being for trains and motor vehicles, the bridge will also incorporate a path for cyclists and pedestrians.  The planning phase for this impressive project was funded by the Connecting Europe Facility and it is expected to be open in 2022.

Bridge

The Connecting Europe Conference was a high-level meeting on the TEN-T network and its funding mechanism – the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).  The event gathered all the key players in the field: EU Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the TEN-T Coordinators, the European Investment Bank, Ministers from Europe’s neighbouring countries and the whole TEN-T stakeholders community including project promoters and private investors.

Booth

The ECF’s booth was in a prominent location outside the entrance to the Plenary hall and consequently received a lot of visitors. The ECF hopes that due to the connections established during this year’s TEN-T Days, many more projects will feature such measures in the years to come.

For more information about the Storstrøm Bridge visit the official website: www.vejdirektoratet.dk/storstroemsbroen