European doctors back cycling strategy

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Organisations across Europe, including the Standing Committee of European Doctors, have called on the European Commission to develop an EU cycling strategy.

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) together with the European Public Health Alliance  and a number of other public authorities and business leaders have lent their support to calls for the European Commission to create an EU-wide cycling strategy.

The European Cyclists Federation last week published a series of EU Cycling Strategy Recommendations  to serve as “a source of inspiration” to the Commission to create an “ambitious” strategy.

They say there are a number of economic, environmental, energy and health benefits to encouraging cycling, and claim current levels of cycling in the EU prevent 27,860 premature deaths annually due to the physical activity, with an economic savings of €96.5 billion.

In an open letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, which was co-signed by the CPME, the signatories call for a level-playing field between cycling and other modes of transport. They say introducing an EU Cycling Strategy has the potential to increase cycle use by 50 per cent by 2030, and would represent “a massive investment into the liveability of Europe’s towns and cities, the public health care systems, the climate, and environment as well as for Europe’s businesses”.

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