The Hanse Region Office in Brussels hosted a conference on the future role of cycling in urban mobility on 5th December 2017.
During the panel discussion Pascal Smet, Minister for Transport and Public Works for the Brussels-Capital Region, Andrew Summers representative of Transport for London (TfL) and Kirsten Pfaue, Cycling Coordinator Hamburg shared their experiences and advices. Pascal Smet focused on Brussels becoming progressively a city for car to a city for people, through the pedestrianisation of squares and key areas. He also mentioned free-floating bicycles booming in European cities – there are 3 different system in Brussels on the top of the Villo bike-sharing scheme- which are operating without a public license. The ministers presented with Brussels’ strategy to come up with some regulation covering quality and customer relations. Hamburg representative, Kirsten Pfaue, focused on the new campaign for 2018-2021 promoting healthy lifestyle in the city and supporting the three pillars of the cycling strategy: infrastructure, services and communication.
“The Future of Cycling in European Policies” was then presented to echo the work done at city level, with representatives from the European Parliament Bas Eickhout ,MEP (Green Party) and from the European Commission, Maja Bakran-Marcich Deputy Director-General at DG MOVE. The European institutions underlined the importance of making sure that “bike is part of the economic policy at city and national level” while announcing the focus of the third mobility package (in May 2018) on safe and connected mobility and highlighting how current and future funding opportunities do support “decarbonisation” of transport.