European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has been the voice of European cyclists for 30 years. Representing organisations in 40 countries with over 500,000 active members, the ECF is pledged to ensure that bicycle use achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and public well-being. To achieve these aims, ECF seeks to change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level. ECF stimulates and organises the exchange of information and expertise on bicycle related transport policies and strategies as well as the work of the cyclists’ movement.
The ECF owns the trademark for EuroVelo and coordinates its development at the European level.
National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs)
At a national level, the organisation, development and operation of the routes is undertaken by National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs). The composition of these organisations varies but often include government bodies, tourism organisations, relevant NGOs, public transport companies and service providers. The ECF is working to ensure that there is a Coordination Centre or Coordinator established in every country in Europe.
ECF was founded in 1983 by 12 bicycle user associations. It now has 67 member organisations representing over half a million individual European citizens in nearly 40 countries. ECF stands for:
- Promoting and encouraging cycling throughout Europe and abroad
- Improving cycling policies at the European level
- Promoting cycle tourism as a sustainable economic factor
- Encouraging an environment-friendly mobility
- Promoting cycling as a health factor
- Promoting cycling as part of intermobility
- Improving safety for vulnerable road users
The ECF mission includes:
- To ensure that bicycle use achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and public well-being and economic development via sustainable tourism;
- To change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level.
In line with this mission, the aim of the ECF EuroVelo project is to promote and coordinate the creation and operation of a complete European cycle route network, the EuroVelo network, crossing and uniting the whole European continent. This is the truly sustainable Trans-European Transport Network.
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