ECF Letter to governments at COP26

More than 300 organisations including Newcastle Cycling Campaign have signed a letter requesting world leaders to commit to boosting cycling levels to reduce carbon emissions and reach global climate goals quickly.

The letter can be found here. It calls for:

“Promoting cycling in all its forms, including cycling tourism, sports cycling, bike sharing, riding to work or school and for exercising

Recognising cycling as a climate solution, establishing a clear link between how an increase in bicycle trips and a decrease in private car trips reduce CO₂ emissions

Creating and financing national cycling strategies and collecting data on cycling to know where improvements in infrastructure and usage can be made

Focusing investments on building safe and high-quality cycling infrastructure and in incentives for communities historically marginalised from cycling

Providing direct incentives for people and businesses to switch from automobiles to bicycles for more of their daily trips

Building synergies with public transport and foster combined mobility solutions for a multimodal ecosystem capable of covering all user needs without relying on a private car.”