In a historic moment on October 4, 2023, the European Commission introduced the European Declaration on Cycling, marking cycling as a top priority for Europe's sustainable future. This declaration recognizes cycling as an eco-friendly, accessible, and vital mode of transport and recreation for European society and its economy. Commissioner Adina Vălean outlined commitments to enhance cycling infrastructure, integrate cycling with public transport, and promote cycle highways, among other initiatives. This milestone aligns with long-standing advocacy efforts and provides a framework for safer and more widespread cycling in Europe.

The European Cycling Declaration encompasses eight principles and 36 commitments, supporting climate objectives like the European Green Deal. It fulfills a commitment made earlier in the year by former Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans to develop an ambitious cycling plan. Amid recent pro-cycling developments, this declaration stands as a beacon of hope for cycling enthusiasts, signifying a strong commitment to unlock the full potential of cycling in Europe. 

Read More: Commission proposes list of principles to boost cycling across Europe (europa.eu)