GP: SPICYCLES - Sustainable Planning & Innovation for Bicycles - Regional PDF Print E-mail
Contract number: EIE-05-059

Start of project: 1 January 2006
Duration: 36 months

Coordinator: Stefano Mastrangelo
Municipality of Rome – Dipartimento X
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Partners: Comune di Roma Dipartimento X Politiche Ambientali ed Agricole (IT)
Istituto di Studi per l'Integrazione dei Sistemi (IT)
Agenzia per i Trasporti Autoferrotranviari del Comune di Roma (IT)
CPI Progetti S.P.A. (IT)
Senate Departement for Urban Development (DE)
DB Rent GmbH (DE)
City of Göteborg, Traffic and Public Transport Authority (SE)
Ajuntament de Barcelona, Barcelona Municipality (ES)
Ploiesti City Hall (RO)
Regia Autonoma de Transport Bucuresti (RO)
Master Plan BV (NL)
Goudappel Coffeng B.V. (NL)

Project summary

Cycling as a daily mode of transport has widely recognized positive impacts on cities: it improves the environmental performance reducing pollutant emissions, increases road safety and helps traffic management, supports equity and accessibility, it is beneficial to health and improves the overall quality of life. Despite these many advantages, cycling is still underused in many cities, and its effectiveness is too often under evaluated by national and/or local transport policies.

The project SPICYCLES (Sustainable Planning & Innovation for Bicycles) specifically dealt with such issues, by addressing the following Key Actions: STEER VKA 9 (Policy measures for an efficient use of energy in transport), in particular VKA9.3 and VKA9.5, and HKA1.2, HKA4.1, and HKA4.3. The project realises that the minor role the bicycle still plays in the overall transport systems is due to reasons of both technical and political nature. To solve the problem, there is a need for an articulated strategy that tackles the issue from different but equally important perspectives. The coordination of all such actions will provide at the end for an integrated set of measures that can make the difference in the long term. SPICYCLES has the ambition to support, facilitate and stimulate the activities of the 6 participating cities (Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Göteborg, Ploiesti, Rome) according to a simple and widely participated work plan. Starting from a benchmarking (WP2) on the state of the art of the cycling systems, 4 types of actions will be carried out and tested at the local level:

WP3 Bike-sharing, a challenging and innovative measure seeking to transfer the better known principles of carsharing to bicycles. This WP will be led by Berlin (DB Rent);
WP4 Communication and Awareness Raising, led by Göteborg, will address the efforts to inform travellers and make them aware of the benefits of alternative clean travel options and particularly cycling;
WP5 Planning for Cycling will tackle the issue of encouraging cycling from a different angle, that of integrating cycling planning in the broader framework of spatial and transport planning and accordingly providing adequate infrastructure for deployment. This workpackage will be led by Rome (Dipartimento X);
WP6 Building Local Partnerships will work towards involving local actors in the cycling plans of the municipal authorities. It will be led by Barcelona.

The evaluation workpackage (WP7) will analyse and report the project results, highlighting similarities and differences among cities (cross-comparison), barriers and success, drawing conclusions on their transferability. This WP will be led by the University of Rome (DITS). The experiences with different types of measures and the results obtained will be disseminated to a wide audience of European cities (WP8-WP9).

In the intentions of the 6 cities, SPICYCLES will have direct and marked beneficial impacts especially on: i) cycling modal share, ii) energy consumption, iii) emissions, iv) attitudinal change, v) local stakeholders involvement, vi) integration of cycling into broader transport/ spatial planning.


STEER projects promote the more sustainable energy use in transport (i.e. increased energy efficiency, new and renewable fuel sources, and the take-up of alternatively propelled vehicles). The specific focus is on alternative vehicle propulsion, policy measures for the more efficient use of energy in transport, and strenghthening the knowledge of local management agencies in the transport field.

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