Written statement to Parliament

EU informal Transport Council: 15 October 2015

Review of the 7 October 2015 informal Transport Council meeting, which focussed on cycling.

The UK was represented at official level at the informal Transport Council held under the Luxembourg Presidency (The Presidency) on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

The theme of the informal Transport Council was cycling as a mode of transport. The main agenda item was the Presidency’s proposal for a Declaration of Ministers on cycling as a climate-friendly transport mode.

The declaration called upon the commission to integrate cycling into multi-modal transport policy, develop an EU-level strategic document and set up a European focal point on cycling. It also set out some action points for member states which included for example, the designation of a national focal point for cycling and for national transport infrastructure projects to focus on strengthening cycling networks.

The UK outlined the importance of cycling in the UK, and the range of economic and health benefits it brings. Support was offered for other member state views on establishing national and European focal points for exchanging best practice. The UK welcomed the fact that “road safety” and “smart mobility” were referenced, as addressing behavioural matters is a key aspect of encouraging people to cycle. The UK also highlighted the importance of respecting the principle of subsidiarity and the fact that cycling is a devolved matter and so is best managed on a national and regional level.