This summer, a delegation of ED’s Cycle Co-op met with members of the European Parliament in Brussels, at the invitation of Scottish Conservative MEP, Struan Stevenson. MEPs from Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, as well Scotland were all encouraged by the success of the co-ops cycle promotion efforts and shared experiences of cycle culture in their own countries.
Struan Stevenson MEP said “Cycling is clean, green and good for wellbeing – and my constituents here are leading the way to promote it in the UK.”
Struan is pictured above with ED’s Cycle Co-op delegation, including (from left to right) Conor Brady, Struan Stevenson, Mark Kiehlmann, Donald Macdonald, Susan Murray and Andrew Ashworth.
Mark Kiehlmann, founder of ED’s Cycle Co-op said “We were delighted to be invited to meet with MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels and share the great news that so many young people in Bishopbriggs are cycling to school. We were grateful that so many took time meet with us during our short two day visit, nine in total:”
- Alyn Smith (Scotland, SNP);
- Anna Rosbach (Denmark, Ind);
- Catherine Stihler (Scotland,Lab);
- David Martin (Scotland, Lab);
- Edvard Kozusnik (Czech Republic, Ind);
- Helga Trupel (Germany, Greens);
- Ian Hudgton (Scotland, SNP);
- Michael Cramer (Germany, Greens);
- Struan Stevenson (Scotland, Cons).
Mark added “One of the key findings from the trip is that many of the European cities that enjoy high numbers of people cycling (typically more than 20%) and have good road safety records have implemented 20 mph speed limits across their communities. These include:
- Basel (20%) in Switzerland,
- Bremen (28%) and Freiburg (27%) in Germany,
- and Utrecht (33%) in Netherlands.