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  BYPAD - MORE QUALITY FOR BICYCLE TRAFFIC Newsletter No. 04, November 2007

Training for new auditors on 14-15 February 2008 in Leuven (Belgium)
  You want to become a certified BYPAD-auditor?
Follow a BYPAD training and become a certified BYPAD-auditor for 2,5 years. This means you can implement audits in cities, towns and regions using the BYPAD methodology that was developed by an international team of experts. Within the auditor network we regularly exchange information and questions on cycling policy. Every 2 years we organize a BYPAD expert training to renew your BYPAD-license.
The training fee is € 600. A second participant from the same company / institution or colleague from an existing BYPAD-auditor pays € 300.
To register for the training send an e-mail before 11 January 2008 with your personal and your company’s background on cycling policy and motivation to Jeroen Bastiaens and Tim Asperges

Dutch and Flemish provinces discover they can learn from each other to strengthen their role in cycle policy
  On 10 October 2007 a BYPAD workshop took place in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands). During the morning 31 Dutch and Flemish participants discussed the similarities and differences in cycling policy in both countries on a provincial level and during the afternoon they visited good practice examples in Tilburg, Waalwijk and ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
The Netherlands have a long tradition in building high quality infrastructure and developing high-quality standards for infrastructure they support. It’s interesting to see that the province of Noord-Brabant is no longer designing it’s own regional cycle network, but discusses together with local actors what the priorities in the region are, based on the quality of a door-to-door chain of transport modes. This leads to investments in routes and parking facilities at train stations and the realization of primary cycle networks in the cities.
The Flemish provinces on the other hand have experience in working on image campaigns and sensitization initiatives with schools, shopkeepers and companies, what is relatively new in the Netherlands.
As an intermediary authority level provinces should develop a good understanding and collaboration with other political levels. In the province of Friesland BYPAD has been useful for bringing together and discussing the cycle policy with a delegation of municipalities, resulting in new structures and instruments for intensified collaboration.

More information: Jeroen Bastiaens, Vectris / Tim Asperges, IMOB / Martijn van de Leur, Mobycon

9 new BYPAD cities and regions certified during the Velo-city conference in Munich
  The BYPAD certification took place during the Velocity conference on 14 June in the Old City Hall of Munich. Mr. Manfred Neun, the President of the ECF and the BYPAD auditors handed over the BYPAD certifications to the 9 new BYPAD members. Among them the first regions that have implemented BYPAD:
  • Federal State of Styria (AT)
  • City of Feldkirch (AT)
  • Brussels Capital Region (BE)
  • Region of Olomouc (CZ)
  • Region of Zlin (CZ)
  • Region of Ceske Budejovice (CZ)
  • District of Borken (DE)
  • City of Zürich (CH)
  • Province of Zealand (NL)
A warm welcome to all the new cities and regions in the BYPAD Network in which over 100 cities and regions are already participating!

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Czech regions use BYPAD as a tool to boost their regional cycle policy
  In the Czech Republic BYPAD completes and enriches the implementation of the National Cycling Strategy and benefits from co-financing by the Ministry of Transport. After having worked with different Czech cities in previous years, the focus now has shifted to the regions.
In the first project phase all 13 regions got to know BYPAD through different coordination meetings (e.g. the national cycling conference in Velké Karlovice on 16th -18 May 2007), resulting in an analysis of the regional cycling policy background and a general comparison indicating the position of the regions on the BYPAD ladder of development.
The 7 regional governments showing most engagement to put their regional cycle strategy into practice (if they have not done so far) are selected to run through the BYPAD process.
BYPAD analyses in-depth the various aspects of regional cycle policy. This step is usually followed by a very exciting chain of discussions between politicians, users and the administration about realistic ambitions and the gap between policy intentions (policy on paper) and the results on the streets. The involvement of politicians, willing to give their personal commitment is a crucial element and important step towards more action. The ambition is stimulated by organising a competition of best practices with other regions and referring to international standards.

Based on the conclusions of the quality plan Czech regions develop a(n) (improved) regional cycling strategy with links to approved regional documents in the field of regional development, transport, environment, land use, education, health and insure the re-financing of activities.
In June 2007, during the VeloCity in Munich, the first three Czech regions received their BYPAD certificate: the Olomouc region, Zlín region and the South-Bohemia region. The audits in South Moravia and Central Bohemia are about to be finished.

More information: Radomira Pliskova, CDV

BYPAD in Liechtenstein focuses on the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All
  2007 is the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. Under this focus the VCL (Verkehrsclub Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein’s cycling initiative with Georg Sele) took the initiative and started together with the Office of Equal Opportunities (Bernadette Kubik-Risch) and the Civil Engineering Office of the princedom of Liechtenstein (Philipp Patsch) the BYPAD process in 3 towns of the princedome of Liechtenstein. While normaly the evaluation group consists of male and female persons (mostly men are involved), the BYPAD groups in the towns Balzers, Mauren and Schaan were mixed in a new way: As users only women were integrated and assessed the local cycling policy during 3 meetings. An important point was the cycling network itself, where women on the bicycle discussed weak points and places with the responsible mayors, Georg Sele from the VCL and the local bicycle coordinator.
The women elaborated and presented themselves their results and proposals improving the cycling situation as well as new projects during the town council. For some of them it was the first time they gave a presentation in public.
The results can be regarded in 2 ways: Concerning the BYPAD process the improvements are impressive. After BYPAD every of the participating towns installed a permanent bicycle coordinator. A regular cycling group (Radforum) has been installed and the malfunctions and dangerous situations in traffic will successively be solved.
On the other side focusing on the gender related aspect of the BYPAD project we see big steps considering the women’s perception. Cycling was seen from their perspective – they were encouraged telling their opinion in a self-confident way.
The certification for Balzers, Mauren and Schaan took place in June 2007 – the princedom of Liechtenstein already started with the BYPAD process for regions, other towns will follow in 2008.

For more information please contact Gudrun Uranitsch and Ursula Witzmann

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Project was funded by the European Commission STEER Programme

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