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  How good is the cycling policy in your town,
city or region? Is it effective and efficient?
How can you improve it?

There is a tool for this purpose. It is called BYPAD (Bicycle Policy Audit) and was developed by an international consortium of bicycle experts as part of an EU-funded project. It is based on international Best Practice methods and provides an overview of the applied measures and structures in local cycling policy.

Cities, Towns and Regions can evaluate the quality of their cycling policy themselves with BYPAD by using a strengths and weaknesses analysis. Simultaneously, they receive concrete suggestions on how they can improve their cycling policy in future.

The entire quality chain consists of 9 modules which all together ensure a balanced cycling policy. Every module obtains a separate quality score. Together they reflect the quality level of the cycling policy in a town, city or region. Based on this quality score a bicycle action plan is prepared.
BYPAD considers cycling policy as a dynamic process, a whole of 9 fields, in permanent development, influencing each other (see figure below).

Almost 200 cities, regions and towns in 24 countries have already been convinced of the advantages of BYPAD and have started improving the quality of their cycling policy with simple, fast-working and above all cost-efficient measures.


Project was funded by the European Commission STEER Programme

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