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Safe and healthy walking and cycling in urban areas, Pruhonice


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Official Documents

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Making the link: Action Points for Policymakers, Industry and Civil Society
Report of the workshop


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THE PEP Relay Race: Handing over knowledge and experience on cycling policy
Mr. Bernard Ter Haar, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the Netherlands
Objectives and expected outcome of the Workshop
Mr. Martin Magold, UNECE Transport Division
Making the Workshop Sustainable and carbon neutral
Mr. Jiri Jedlicka, Transport Research Center, Czech Republic
Challenges and opportunities for policy makers: What are the critical issues?
Pedestrian and cycle-friendly urban transport in Czech Republic: Challenges and benefits
Mr. Jiri Bendl, Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic
Experiences from the Czech regions
Ms. Renata Sedova, Czech Republic
Pedestrian and cycle-friendly urban transport in the Netherlands: The Dutch Approach
Mr. Drs. Remko de Haan , Deputy Managing Director, Directorate-Regional Transport, DG Mobility, Ministry of Transport of the Netherlands
Experiences and lessons learned at municipal level Why do Dutch people cycle? Why would you cycle?
Mr. Henk Hendriks, Fietsersbond, Project manager, cycle-friendly neighbourhoods
Sharing the Road
Ms. Sibylle Rupprecht, Director General, International Road Federation (IRF)
Challenges and opportunities for policy makers: Critical issues and best practices
Pedestrian and cycle-friendly urban transport: Experiences and lessons learned
Ms. Caroline Stoehr, Federal Environment Agency, Germany
Walking and cycling in Zurich: challenges and best practices
Mr. Mathias Camenzind, Civil Engineering Office, City of Zurich, Switzerland
How to develop cycling in urban areas? The French experience
Ms. Geneviève Laferrère, Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, France
Pedestrian and cycle-friendly urban transport: Challenges in EECCA and SEE countries
Experience from Moldova
Ms. Natalia Soltanici, Ministry of Ecology of the Republic of Moldova
Experience from Ukraine
Mr. Borys Borisov, Ministry of Health of Ukraine
Experience from Ukraine
Ms. Ganna Kurchenko, national Agency of Ecological Investments of Ukraine
Industry and civil society: What role can they play?
CYCLOCITY® A revolutionary public transport system accessible to all
Mr. Albert Asséraf, JCDecaux, France
The role of adequate infrastructure
Mr. Jiri Jedlicka, Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic
Planning and management of trails and greenways
Mr. Jurai Flamik, Greenways, Czech Republic
Electric biking: the new dimension of cycling
Mr. Stefan Limbrunner, KTM, Austria
The potential of cycling
Commission for Bicycle Transport, City of Prague
Role of NGOs in planning and promoting bicycle and pedestrian policies
Mr. Daniel Mourek, Greenways, Czech Republic
Planning, financing and regulation: What are the needs?
Public perception
Ms. Caroline Stoehr, Federal Environment Agency, Germany
Policy and Regulatory issues
Mr. Willi Husler, Traffic Planning (ETH/SVI), Switzerland
National Cycling Promotion: Austrian Masterplan for Cycling and Action programme klima:aktiv mobil
Mr. Robert Thaler, Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
International initiatives and experiences: How can they help?
Cooperation among cities at the pan-European level – Healthy Cities Network
Ms. Sonja Kahlmeier, WHO-Europe
Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)
Ms. Brinda Wachs, UNECE
Cycling in Sensitive areas: THE PEP project in the lake Neusiedl region
Mr. Roman Michalek, Regional Mobility Center, Austria
European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA Europe)
Ms. Sonja Kahlmeier, WHO-Europe

Press release

The beauty of human-powered mobility: UNECE workshop promotes cycling and walking in cities

Geneva, 30 September 2009 


Finding sustainable and alternative ways to move about in urban areas -- such as “human-powered mobility” like cycling and walking -- was the topic of a workshop held outside Prague from 24-25 September 2009. Cycling and walking are examples of environmentally-friendly modes of transport that contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions in cities, have a low impact on urban congestion and are a boost to human health. National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as increasingly attractive and viable modes of urban mobility.

The latest in a series of workshops held under the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme, THE PEP workshop on Safe and Healthy Walking and Cycling in Urban Areas was organized in cooperation with the Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Health, the City of Prague and non-governmental organizations. THE PEP is run jointly by the UNECE and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe.

The World Health Organization has estimated that 30 minutes of walking and cycling shows positive health effects. But the beauty of human-powered mobility is that it can also reduce traffic accidents and congestion in our cities as well as noise and air pollution. Walking and cycling can also be a fun way to do shopping, go to work and to spend leisure time.

Around half of the trips we make with our cars are shorter than 5 km and a third of our car trips are less than 3 km. Many of these trips could be made by public transport or by walking and cycling. As a rule of thumb, walking is suitable for distances of up to 1 km or 15 minutes; and cycling for distances of up to 5 km or 20 minutes.

A systemic approach to human-powered mobility requires new thinking by transport and city planners. It requires initiatives and support from national Governments - municipalities cannot do it alone. It requires an integration of car parks, public transport and walking and cycling networks and appropriate infrastructure. It requires education, training for motorists and cyclists and a change in public perception. And it requires money and the political will to do things differently.

The workshop identified strategies, policies and measures to promote innovative policies to support walking and cycling as increasingly viable and attractive modes of urban mobility.

As such, the focus of the workshop was on cooperation between national and local authorities, industry and civil society in design, planning, financing and legislation to support walking and cycling – best practices on translating national policy objectives into local action.

The workshop followed a High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment, hosted by the Netherlands, where more than 30 governments across the UNECE and WHO-Europe region agreed the Amsterdam Declaration and four priority goals, including reduced emissions of greenhouse gasses and noise, clean and efficient public transport and effective mobility management schemes.

This event kicked-off THE PEP staffete, or relay race, to spread the word from Amsterdam to Prague, by “passing a baton” of best practices in sustainable urban transport to raise awareness and promote a coordinated policy approach.

The workshop agreed concrete action points, urging policymakers, industry and civil society to:

    * Recognize walking and cycling as an integral part of transport and urban development planning and policy, on par with public transport and car traffic;
    * Promote human-powered mobility which contributes to individual fitness and public health, reduction of traffic accidents, noise and air pollution, less greenhouse gas emissions and congestion and increases the attractiveness of cities;
    * Ensure that cycling and walking infrastructure is focused on safety and eliminating barriers, including for children, the elderly, those with reduced mobility and is safe, accessible, convenient, comfortable and attractive.

For further information, please contact: The UNECE-WHO/Europe joint,
    Martin Magold
    Chief, Sustainable Transport Section
    UNECE Transport Division
    Phone:+41(0)22 917 2453
    Jean Rodriguez
    Senior Public Information Officer
    UNECE Office of the Executive Secretary
    Phone:+41(0)22 917 2727

Please click here for the PDF version of this press release.