Cycling Knowledge Europe

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The Swedish Cycling Research Centre at VTI – or Cykelcentrum – is part of a European network with focus on spreading knowledge about cycling. The network is called “Cycling Knowledge Europe”.

Cycling Knowledge Europe is an informal network of non-profit organisations in European countries with the mission to spread knowledge and build capacities to advance cycling policies and projects. The different organisations vary in terms of size, configuration, assignment, status and so on, but are all partly publicly subsidized as their mission is recognized as one of general interest at the national or regional level. The purpose of the network is to transfer knowledge between countries and to discuss common challenges and tasks.

Current members:

Austria – Radkompetenz - Cycle Competence Austria External link.

(Alec Hager)

The platform “Cycle Competence Austria” as the Austrian Cycling Embassy was founded in 2014 and aims to launch international networking activities and transfer know-how to interested parties inside Austria and all over Europe.

Belgium – the Region Flanderen – Fietsberaad in Vlaanderen External link.

(Wout Baert)

Fietsberaad Vlaanderen is a knowledge center for bicycle policy. The objective of Fietsberaad Vlaanderen is the development, dissemination and exchange of practical knowledge for cycling policy. Fietsberaad Vlaanderen wants to support governments to accelerate the dynamics in their bicycle policy and to achieve a higher bicycle share.

Denmark – Det Nationale Videnscenter for Cykelfremme External link. - Danish Centre for Cycling Knowledge

(Anna Dinesen)

The Danish Centre for Cycling Knowledge was founded in early 2020 and aims to raise knowledge about cycling and active mobility in Denmark and internationally. The centre is doing research and making new insights and knowledge available via an online platform, newsletters and webinars.

France – L’Académie Des experts en Mobilités Active, ADMA External link. - The academy of Active Mobility

(Camille Gaumont)

Founded in 2021, ADMA is a program of the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB). Its goal is to build national expertise on walking and cycling throughout France by offering a program of courses and a web portal of resources on active mobility for different stakeholders. It is entirely funded by “Energy Saving Certificates" from the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

Cerema External link. - Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Urban Planning

(Flavien Lopez)

Cerema is the major French public establishment for the development and capitalization of public expertise in the fields of planning, territorial cohesion and ecological and energy transition. As center of resources and multidisciplinary scientific and technical expertise, CEREMA contributes to the development, implementation and evaluation of public policies, such as cycling policies, at national and local levels.

Germany - Fahrradakademie External link.

(Martina Hertel)

The German Institute of Urban Affairs (in German “Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik" (Difu)) provides research and dissemination in the field of urban planning, mobility and climate protection issues for German municipalities. Between 2007 and 2021 the department of mobility at Difu was in charge of the 'Fahrradakademie' (Cycling Academy), an extensive knowledge hub and training program for cycling advocates throughout Germany. Funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, more than 350 seminars, workshops, conferences and excursions on cycling promotion were designed, organized, moderated and evaluated. Since the finalization of the Fahrradakademie in 2021, the German Institute of Urban Affairs is currently responsible for the realization of diverse training programs on cycling promotion for the Federal Logistics and Mobility Office.

Sweden - Cykelcentrum - the Swedish Cycling Research Centre

(Anna Niska)

The Swedish Cycling Research Centre is a platform for cooperation and knowledge transfer between researchers, NGOs and governmental bodies with the aim to build competence on how to make cycling safer and more attractive. It was founded in 2018, is funded by the government and hosted by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) - an independent and interdisciplinary research institute in the transport sector.

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