In Europe, cycling and using public transport are becoming increasingly important in the bid to improve air quality and the quality of life in cities, and to decrease the (often necessary) use of private cars in cities and between towns.
Cycling has also become a popular tourist activity that eases congestion in main tourist areas and improves economy in smaller towns. Indeed, cycling for sport, mountain biking and local cycle tourism consistently increase tourist activity in that area.
Promoting cycling requires constructive actions such as safeguarding bike trails and cycling paths, creating and enforcing 30km speed limit zones, setting up facilities such as bike stations, bike rentals and bike sharing, and putting up cycle tourism signs accompanied by relevant maps. These “hard” actions should be accompanied by just as many “soft” actions aimed at changing attitudes and lifestyles. Such campaigns are often forgotten, or lack the necessary determination to create a rebound effect with the aforementioned constructive actions and services.
Increased cycling mobility leads to improved benefits regarding climate, pollution levels and the health of people and cities.
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