12-13 September in Brussels THE PEP conference was devoted to adjustment of the pan-European master plan for cycling.


February 3, 2014 Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated pan-European program for the development of the Master Plan to promote cycling.

The objective of the Master Plan is to develop guidelines and tools for forming in each participating country of a national strategy and policy for the development of cycling. In fact, it is about creating a set of recommendations for the measures to ensure at each stage of the most effective policies.

The developed plan is carried out in the framework of THE PEP Partnership (THE PEP), coordinated (in Russia) by the Russian Ministry of Transport. Since May 2015, a head of Bicycle Transport Research Intitute n.a. M.Walvius is a representative of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation in the working sessions of the Pan-European preparation of the Master Plan.

The 6th PEP meeting in Brussels (September 12-13) was devoted to discussions and adjustments of the actual version of the Master Plan, study of the reports of national representatives, checking the results of work by the countries, making proposals on the composition of the necessary measures.


The main objectives of these conferences under the PEP program are:
  • strengthening and expansion of the existing members of the network partnership, improving their training;
  • topics and items for consideration and approval at the European level;
  • the formation, development and promotion of pan-European master plan for cycling;
  • transnational exchange of experience in the development of veloinfrastruktury;
  • the formation of the key parameters, guidelines and tools for the implementation of the pan-European Master plan in practice.

For two days, national representatives of the Ministries of Transport, Environment, Health, representatives of the European Cycling Federation (the ECF), the World Health Organization (WHO) from 24 countries in working groups analyzed and adjusted the composition of the recommendations and measures on the substantive items prepared version Pan-European Master plan:
1) The national government policy of cycling and the main task of the state

- Providing regions publicly available scientific data and expert

- Providing legal and regulatory support

- The strategy of promoting and stimulating

- Educational programs at all levels

- Infrastructure elements

2) bicycle infrastructure needs

- The share of expenditure in the total expenditure on transport, landscaping, environment.

- A shift in focus on the different stages of development

3) National Development Plan cycling

- Key objectives and indicators of the development of regional and national cycling

- Transnational projects

4) Financing

- Sources of financing

- Determination of the effectiveness of investments

5) The tax system

- Tax Incentive System

6) Inventory, coordination and standardization.

- The degree of national and European unification

- Data collection

7) Designing and planning processes of the development of cycling

8) Development of indicators and benchmarking

9) Health and Safety

10) Innovation and research

Key findings and recommendations

  1. It is necessary to establish a national expert scientific and methodological center for the development of cycling ( "Cycling Academy"), is able to formulate an elaborate strategy to become a driver of cycling information, coordinate and provide expert advice.

  2. The need for transparent and clear system of financial support of cycling at the national level with a clear indication of the expected economic and social effects.

  3. The creation of large regional and national cycling projects that can greatly stimulate economic development of the regions.

  4. Necessary a national support of research and development of new forms of local transport, meeting the energy efficiency requirements, environmental friendliness, compactness.

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