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  BYPAD - MORE QUALITY FOR BICYCLE TRAFFIC Newsletter No. 03, January 2007

BYPAD in practice
  After the training of the enthousiastic team of new auditors in September, most of them started up the audits in their country. The same counts for the experienced auditors. Currently, BYPAD audits are running (or will be started soon) in the following countries: Belgium (Brussels region, cities of Hasselt, Brugge and Sint-Truiden), Austria (federal state of Voralberg and city of Feldkirch), the Netherlands (provinces of Zeeland, Friesland and the Haaglanden region), Germany (district of Borken), Spain (Island of Menorca and city of Donostia), Finland (region of Hyvinkää-Riihimäki and Järvenpää-Kerava-Tuusula), Estonia (city of Tartu), Switzerland (Canton of Zurich).
During the next months, regional workshops will be organised where the results of the audits and the good practices will be presented. These workshops are offered by language region and are open to the public. We will keep you informed via the BYPAD website

BYPAD good practice database online now
  Are you looking for a good example of cycling infrastructure in a small town? Are you wondering what effective cycling measures the Dutch cities implemented? Do you ask yourself how other cities and regions finance their cycling facilities?
An answer to these questions – and more – can be found in the good practice database on the BYPAD website, where 50 examples have been put in so far.
You can search by BYPAD modules (example: promotion&partnership; user needs; …) or by full text search.

Get to know BYPAD and the BYPAD people
  The Programme Committee confirmed that BYPAD can hold a poster presentation during the Velo City conference (München, 12-15 June). As announced, the BYPAD consortium will also hold there its first international seminar on 13 June, open for all those interested in BYPAD, in results and experiences of cities and regions that have run an audit, in examples of good practice.
BYPAD is also programmed at the European Sustainable Cities & Towns Campaign Conference (Sevilla, 21 - 24 March 2007).
A BYPAD-paper has also been submitted for the European Transport Conference, taking place from 17-19 October in Leiden (The Netherlands).

News from our BYPAD members
  Bolzano: First Italian bicycle barometer to promote cycling
After Stockholm (Sweden), Kristiansand (Norway) and Odense (Denmark) the Mobility Department of the city of Bolzano installed the first “bicycle barometer” in Italy on one of the main bike lanes of the city. Its display shows the total number of cyclists passing the census point (in both directions) during the actual day and since its installation on 14.05.2006. Last December the bicycle barometer counted the 1.000.000th biker who passed through it. These “bike counters” are first of all part of a marketing strategy in order to promote cycling as a daily means of transport that fits perfectly urban mobility needs. The main goal of the action is making people aware (and surprised) of how many cyclists are actually passing through this measurement point.

For more information, please look at: or contact Andrea Leverano, our Italian BYPAD auditor.

  Brussels: automated bicycle rental Cyclocity
Cyclocity is a system of unmanned cycling rental, available 24 hours a day. It was launched during the Car Free Day on 17 September 2006. At 23 stops at a distance of 300 to 500 meters from each other, citizens of Brussels, commuters and tourists have 250 bicycles at their disposal. The principle is simple: after registration a bicycle can be rent at one of these stops and returned at any other stop after use. A first evaluation indicates that currently 6000 rentals have been registered, with peaks during the weekends. Although the system is used now mainly by tourists for discovering Brussels by bike, the share of annual subscriptions is increasing. Still, the system is not yet considered as a real alternative for daily transport. Contrary to the French system in Lyon (Vélo’v), the Brussels Cyclocity covers in a first phase only 5 municipalities of the Brussels Region and offers insufficient possibilities for longer trips. An extension is needed to offer an alternative for the many short trips from home to work.
More information:,

  Swiss BYPAD cities would do it again
Asked about their experiences with BYPAD, representatives of the cities of Lausanne, Genève and Zurich answered unanimously, that they would apply it again. ‘BYPAD helps to clarify the complex roles of the various actors’ (Barbara Pillonel, City of Genève, cycling co-ordinator). ‘The many examples from other countries, presented by the auditor, give room for developing visions, which is easily lost in the daily business’ (Urs Walter, City of Zurich, cycling co-ordinator). ‘The idea of widening the perspective and to consider encouraging cycling also as a task of the departments of education and health, was new to me’ (Olivier Français, member of the executive, building department).
Read the complete interviews in the actual issue of Info Bulletin, the newsletter of the association of Swiss cycling experts, Velokonferenz Schweiz – Conférence Vélo Suisse Conferenza Bici Svizzera:
Edition 02/06, pages 10-19 (in German and French).

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