Twenty-two partners have entered Baltic Sea Cycling to come closer to each other and create new inspiring policies concerning cycling in the urban environment. Between the 2004-2007 the project participants will co-operate to increase the political and public awareness of cycling and its benefits.
Baltic Sea Cycling is a co-operation between municipalities and organisations in Germany Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden for the development of sustainable and attractive townscapes. The Baltic Sea Region is facing an expansion in motorised urban traffic which, in turn, contributes towards increasing pollution. This type of urban traffic is becoming more and more inefficient and is both high energy and material consuming.
The overall objective of Baltic Sea Cycling is to enhance the urban mobility by using bicycles. Combining cycling with other urban public transport is furthermore an important objective for the Baltic Sea Cycling project.
The project is addressing problems that concern the integration of cycling as a part of urban traffic. At the moment there are no predefined solutions for solving such problems and exceeding obstacles. However, the bicycle is an alternative transportation mode that is more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly than motorised vehicles. Towns and cities become less at tractive and at the same time our health and social well being are being affected negatively.
Accessibility, social interaction and safety are features that strengthen the quality of life making cities attractive for people and creates business opportunities. Local policies and action plans will be based on knowledge developed during the project. There will be several tasks for the specific pilot actions. First, the creation of effective and innovative solutions in co
nsideration to urban cycling infrastructure. Second, the increase of cycling quality in means of safety, comfort and security. Third, the attraction of new groups to bicycle. The transnational co-operation will create the necessary conditions for the development of sustainable local transport policies within each participating municipality.