• The European Union (EU) has made a social and financial commitment to supporting cycling as a safe, efficient mode of transportation. Cities and nations, as well as the EU and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have introduced projects to promote cycling.
  • Mnster, Germany, has invested in extensive bike lanes, bike routes, and bike-only streets throughout the city. Bicycle parking is free in many public lots, often where cars and motorcycles have costly parking meters. The enormous bike garage near Mnster's largest railway station has 3,300 covered parking spaces, as well as security features, bicycle-repair services, cleaning facilities, and even a second-hand bike shop.
  • The SwitzerlandMobility Foundation is a public-private partnership that integrates non-motorized traffic with public transportation. In addition to bicycling, "non-motorized traffic" includes walking or hiking, skating, and canoeing. Routes of Swiss buses, trains, and ferries are integrated with bike routes, hiking trails, and public waterways.
  • EuroVelo is a cycling network spanning the entire continent and more than a dozen countries. It runs from Russia, Finland, and Norway in the north, to the United Kingdom, France, and Hungary further south, and Spain, Montenegro, and Greece on the Mediterranean coast. EuroVelo appeals to both local cyclists and cycling tourists, with more than 45,000 kilometers (27,962 miles) of interconnected routes.
  • Bicycle transportation in Europe is most popular in the Netherlands (where 26% of journeys are taken by bike), Denmark (19%) and Germany (10%).
Noun

edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.

Noun

one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

efficient
Adjective

performing a task with skill and minimal waste.

enormous
Adjective

very large.

European Union
Noun

association of European nations promoting free trade, ease of transportation, and cultural and political links.

financial
Adjective

having to do with money.

journey
Noun

voyage or trip.

Noun

political unit made of people who share a common territory.

network
Noun

series of links along which movement or communication can take place.

NGO
Noun

non-governmental organization.

private sector
Noun

section of the economy that works for profit, such as corporations (not government or nonprofit organizations).

public
Adjective

available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.

public transportation
Noun

methods of movement that are available to all community members for a fee, and which follow a fixed route and schedule: buses, subways, trains and ferries.

route
Noun

path or way.

tourist
Noun

person who travels for pleasure.

transportation
Noun

movement of people or goods from one place to another.