If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role.
So far the program has engaged with the following local organizations:
Brazil: Transporte Ativol, a local NGO that has extensive experience working with the Mobility Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Colombia: Despacio Colombia. As a local partner Despacio Colombia worked with the Municipality in Bogota to define the collaboration scheme, maintenance and storage of the cargo bikes
Italy: FIAB, an Italian NGO, who is in charge of the sharing scheme of the cargo bikes, storage and maintenance
Mexico: Bicitekas, is a local NGO with extensive experience working with the Secretary of Mobility of Mexico City and the technical partner who has worked in collaboration with the Municipality to develop the sharing scheme for the cargo bikes
Spain: ConBici, a strong network organization in Spain that connects cyclists to advocate to increase safer cycling conditions, such as infrastructure, policy, and incentives to increase cycling market share
Matthew Baldwin - Deputy Director of Mobility and Transport EU
Mr. Slavko Davidović - Banja Luka Mayor’s Office, Bosnia
Mr. Miroslav Đerić - Communication Expert, Ministry of Transport Bosnia
Mr. Giuseppe Grezzi - Municipality of Valencia, Spain
Mrs. Catia Chiusaroli - Municipality of Bologna, Italy
Mrs. Alessandra Woszczyna - Municipality of Torun, Poland
Mrs. Małgorzata Ptaszek - Municipality of Torun, Poland
Mr. Pedro Machado, Mobility Office Lisbon, Portugal
Mr. Simone Crispim , Rio de Janeiro Municipality, Brazil
Mr. Thaís Rennó, Rio de Janeiro Municipality, Brazil
Please describe the project activities you carried/are carrying out and the time period over which these were implemented.
At the center of the program is the SCAP Guide that describes best practices gathered from The Netherlands and Denmark, two countries with a strong cycling culture. The guide helps to equip advocates, organizations, and transport planners from countries such as Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia, to implement steps towards safer and more sustainable active mobility. It covers policy, infrastructure, road user culture etc. to promote systemic change that enables a safe environment that encourages people to cycle.
The guide can be found here: https://safercycling.roadsafetyngos.org/best-practice-guide/. This guide was developed in 2019, and launched in February 2020.
SCAP has two main components: i) training on safer cycling best practices, and ii) development of a collaboration scheme to introduce a fleet of cargo bikes in a selected city.
Equips NGOs and campaigners to advocate with their local and national governments, as well as the general public, for cycling policy, infrastructure, education, legal framework, enforcement, and behaviors that can help to build a safer cycling culture. It includes a three-day training program, during which participants design an advocacy campaign action plan that they implement after the training. The project is a best practice guide, available in Bosnian, Croatian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Spanish, and offers a communication toolkit to enable cycling advocates to run awareness campaigns. The guide is also publicly available to anyone wishing to promote cycling in their local communities. So far, 115 cycling advocates in Bosnia, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain have undergone the SCAP training program and the results have been promising.
These trainings took place in October 2020, May 2021, and September 2021.
Cargo bikes collaboration scheme:
Through this program we work to introduce a small fleet of cargo bikes to the cities alongside consensus building activities with the local municipalities with the aim to create knowledge exchange and awareness of the benefits of using cargo bikes for short trips.
Firstly we created a working group with members of the municipal staff in each city and with local cyclist organizations, to facilitate and ensure that the exchange takes into account the national legislation and the local socio-cultural context. Our role included providing the working groups with a platform for monthly video-conference calls, documents storage interaction, and coordination. We provided a two-day workshop in each of the cities, which were designed to maximize interactivity and a hands-on approach, that include technical visits, equipment testing and citizens’ participation. Through these workshops we secured that the local authorities could conduct the maintenance, storage, and practical location of the cargo bikes.
Once this was completed we developed a cooperation scheme in each of the cities to give citizens the opportunity to test life with a cargo bike themselves before buying one. This cooperation scheme has adopted a different approach depending on the city.
We have been working with the municipalities since August 2021, and continue our collaboration in the six cities.