Baltic Sea Cycling
Detailed description of the Good Practice
Twenty-two partners have entered Baltic Sea Cycling to come closer to each other and create new inspiring policies concerning cycling in the urban environment.
The Baltic Sea Region is facing an expansion in motorized urban traffic which, in turn, contributes towards increasing pollution. This type of urban traffic is becoming more and more inefficient and is both high energy and material consuming.
The project is addressing problems that concern the integration of cycling as a part of urban traffic. At the moment there are no predefined solutions for solving such problems and exceeding obstacles. However, the bicycle is an alternative transportation mode that is more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly than motorized vehicles. Towns and cities become less attractive and at the same time our health and social well being are being affected negatively.
Sustainable transport, improvement health, urban traffic
Objectives of the Good Practice
The overall objective of Baltic Sea Cycling is to enhance the urban mobility by using bicycles. Combining cycling with other urban public transport is furthermore an important objective for the Baltic Sea Cycling project.
Between the 2004-2007 the project participants will co-operate to increase the political and public awareness of cycling and its benefits.
Participants of the Good Practice
Baltic Sea Cycling is a co-operation between municipalities and organizations in Germany Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden for the development of sustainable and attractive townscapes.
Target group of the Good Practice
Accessibility, social interaction and safety are features that strengthen the quality of life making cities attractive for people and creates business opportunities. Local policies and action plans will be based on knowledge developed during the project. There will be several tasks for the specific pilot actions.
First, the creation of effective and innovative solutions in consideration to urban cycling infrastructure. Second, the increase of cycling quality in means of safety, comfort and security. Third, the attraction of new groups to bicycle. The transnational co-operation will create the necessary conditions for the development of sustainable local transport policies within each participating municipality.
Funding of the Good Practice
The total ERDF-budget amounts to EUR 149 million. This amount will be matched with co-financing from national project partners of the EU Member States. The general ERDF-funding rate for projects will be up to 50% of the total eligible project budget. To encourage participation of project partners from Objective 1 areas (East German Länder, parts of Sweden and Finland, whole of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in truly transnational projects, the ERDF assistance can be increased to up to 75%. In addition, private funds are welcome to top up project budgets. The contribution from Norway, and from the EU Phare (until 2004) and Tacis programmes also plays an essential role in financing actions.
More Details of the Good Practice
A final report of the Baltic Sea Cycling project will be published once the project has been finalised. Nevertheless, the Baltic Sea Cycling website provides a wealth of information: all the cycling profiles of the participating cities can be found here, as well as descriptions of the pilot projects undertaken in work packages 3 and 4. These can act as a source of inspiration for other cities eager to invest in more sustainable forms of transport.
Documentation and documents
City of Örebro, Sweden
Data sources and references
http://www.balticseacycling.com consulted on 07.04.09