Bicycle users seeking government support

in News · 07-06-2020 14:00:00 · 2 Comments

The Association for Urban Bicycle Mobility (MUBI) has proposed to the Government an emergency programme to support and encourage active modes of travel, with a budget of €50 million, under the Budget of the Supplementary State.

“In the resumption of post-confinement activities, there is fear of an increase in the use of the individual car, with serious consequences of congestion and pollution in our cities,” warned MUBI, arguing that active modes of travel proved to be “safe and healthy during the pandemic”.

So much so that the demand for bicycle use "has increased significantly in recent weeks in Portugal, as in the rest of Europe and, in general, worldwide", revealed the association.

In this context, on behalf of bicycle users, MUBI put forward a proposal to encourage the use of sustainable modes at the expense of the car, which includes the “creation of an emergency financial support fund for local administrations for urgent interventions to adapt the public space and encourage sustainable mobility”.

The association also suggested the budgeting of measures with implementation foreseen this year in the National Strategy for Active Cycling Mobility 2020-2030, as well as the acceleration of the execution of this plan and the anticipation of the defined goals.

Another of the proposed measures, which is intended to be included in the Supplementary State Budget, is the launch of a programme of tax and financial incentives for commuting to work on bicycles,, support for bicycle repairs and the adaptation of public transport fleets to transport bicycles.

"MUBI proposes an emergency programme to support and encourage active modes of travel of 50 million euros, to be included in the Supplementary State Budget", reinforced the association, in a statement, recalling that the actions of countries such as France, Italy and the United Kingdom, which have already launched emergency programmes in this area.

According to the association, the goal is to contain the return to mass use of the car and resulting pollution, help to relieve pressure on public transport and contribute to reducing the risk of contagion and the public health of the population.

“Fostering the use of active modes of travel will allow a faster and safer return to normal activity. The social and economic crisis resulting from the health crisis will last for several years and, therefore, the bet and investment in public transport and, in particular, in active mobility, is crucial ”, maintained MUBI.

In addition to the mobility problems arising from the pandemic crisis, the association wants the Supplementary State Budget and the economic recovery program to respond to the needs of reducing pollutant emissions and decarbonizing the economy, particularly in the mobility and transport sector, improving air quality and reduced overuse of the individual car and associated huge negative externalities.

“The annual quantifiable socio-economic benefits of cycling in the European Union (EU) are estimated at more than 150 billion euros (close to 1% of the EU's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or 3/4 of Portugal's GDP) ”, The association explained, referring that more than 90 billion euros represent positive externalities in the environment, public health and mobility systems, of which about 73 billion euros correspond to health benefits.


Comments:

Thanks for the vocabulary lesson. However it gets accomplished, it's still a good idea....I'm in my 50's and I haven't seen skies this blue since I was a kid!

By William from Other on 09-06-2020 03:17

Unfortunately nowadays it's everyday more common to induce or lobby the development of a public policy, in this case by MUBI an interest group, by comparing mere especulation ("fear of an increase on the use of individual cars") with the hard reality ("the demand for bycicle use has increased significantly in recent weeks"). And that's the problem! Apparently and regrettably some hollow politicians follow and adopt the easiest, the especulation!

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 09-06-2020 12:43
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