Belgium and Denmark are two of Europe’s Leading Cycling-Friendly Countries

Following the problem caused by the covid-19 pandemic, most European Union countries are now embracing cycling in their respective rehabilitation strategies.

The goal is to improve and develop bike infrastructure and promote riding in cities in most circumstances.

According to the European Cyclists’ Federation, Belgium is the country that plans to spend the greatest money on cycling development in proportion to the European funds it will get.

Belgium is expected to devote the biggest percentage of its Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to cycling (7%) in the European Union, considerably ahead of Denmark (4.4%), Hungary, Latvia, and Slovakia (1.7 %).

These figures come from a report produced by the European Cyclists’ Federation that details each EU member state’s efforts to promote riding. It also demonstrates that for the first time, numerous countries have established a recovery plan that includes cycling-related initiatives.

This is the situation in Bulgaria, which has included the construction of new bicycle infrastructure in its plans. Estonia, Sweden, and Malta also plan to improve infrastructures that are currently lacking, such as bicycle connections to train stations and public transportation stops, as well as establishing bicycle lanes outside of cities.

Several countries have released updated versions of their stimulus plans, including additional cycling guidelines. This is the situation with Cyprus, which aims to expand its bicycle network, build bicycle parking areas, and implement 30-kilometer-per-hour zones in towns. Hungary and Romania are in the same boat.

The European Cyclists’ Federation points out that the only mention of cycling in France is for a reform targeted at securing bicycle parking in stations as well as enabling and developing bicycle transportation on trains.

Three main initiatives were included in the government’s recovery plan released in 2020: the building of bike lanes, more parking places, and greater purchasing help.

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