European Cyclists' Federation

European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) is an umbrella federation for national cycling organizations (organizations that promote bike for urban mobility and urban transport) throughout Europe.

ECF was founded in 1983 by 12 bicycle user associations. It has now 81 member organizations representing individual citizens from 45 countries worldwide. ECF actively promotes and encourages cycling worldwide while trying to enforce cycling policy at European level. One of its goals is to promote cycle tourism as a sustainable economic factor and environment-friendly mobility. It also focuses on the security of cyclists, safety for vulnerable road users and increase of cycling modal share. In addition, ECF runs the Velo-city Conference Series, the EuroVelo cycle route project and lobbies European and international institutions.

European Cyclists' Federation
Logo ECF
MottoThe Voice of European Cyclists for Over 25 Years
Purpose"More people cycling, more often"
Key people
Manfred Neun, President
Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General


The European Cyclists' Federation 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, the ECF seeks to change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level. The ECF will stimulate and organize the exchange of information and expertise on bicycle related transport policies and strategies as well as the work of the cyclists' movement.

The European Cyclists' Federation has set a number of goals for 2020 in a project entitled "2020 Objectives."[1] Their goals are:

  • Investment in recreational cycling and tourism is comparable to transport investments


ECF is a legal entity registered under Belgian law as an ASBL (non profit organization). Its statutes are published in the Moniteur Belge of April 24, 1997.

2013 ECF Board
Picture of the 2013 ECF Board

General Meetings

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the highest decision-making body of the ECF which gathers all member organisations. The AGM traditionally takes place in May and is organized by one member organization. The AGM approves the yearly work plan, budget and new board members, it also approves new members. The AGMs have taken place in various locations: 2009 Brussels, 2010 Gdansk, 2011 Seville, 2012 Vienna, 2013 Brussels, 2014 Dublin, 2015 Nantes, 2016 Stockholm, 2017 Ede, 2018 Milano,


Board members are elected for 3 years. The latest board members were elected in 2018 in Milan, Italy. As of May 2018 the ECF president is Christophe Najdovski, vice-mayor of Paris. [2][3]



Velo-city is widely respected as the premier international cycling planning conference series in the world.

Velo-city began in 1980, and has played a part in the promotion of cycling ever since. The Velo-city conferences bring together all those who are involved in the policy, promotion and provision of cycling. This mixture of people, professions, skills and experience is a valuable component of the events' success. Since 2010, Velo-city has taken place every year internationally. The first Velo-city Global took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2010. Since then conferences have taken place in numerous locations, such as in Seville in 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 2012 and Vienna in 2013.[4] Adelaide in 2014[5] and in Nantes in 2015, in 2016 it was held in Taipei and in 2017 in the region Arnhem - Nijmegen. In 2018 it will be organised in Rio the Janeiro and in 2019 in Dublin.

EuroVelo – A cycle route network for Europe

The EuroVelo network has 15 routes with well over 40,000 km of bike paths in use. Thousands more are planned and when completed, it will total over 70,000 km. The network includes existing and planned regional and national cycle routes, crossing and uniting the whole European continent.[6]








Furthering Less Congestion by Creating Opportunities For More Walking and Cycling or "FLOW" takes a trans-disciplinary approach to congestion reduction, and aims to create and implement a new state-of-the-art by integrating the FLOW methodology and congestion assessment tools into the current standard transport impact analysis process.[11][12]


Cities for cyclists


Scientists for Cycling

The Scientists for Cycling group works to exchange their knowledge and research in order to improve cycling. The main aims of the network are: to build a strong academic community doing research on cycling-related topics; to bridge the gap between the research on cycling issues, cycling advocates and decision makers; to disseminate the latest academic publications on cycling; to assist in developing the Velo-city conference program; to build up a more research based approach to cycling advocacy and policy.[14]

Cycling Industry Club

The Cycling Industry Club (CIC) was created at EuroBike in 2011, and has since become the biggest player on Europe's advocacy scene. It is working with ECF.[15]

World Cycling Alliance


Cycling Forum Europe



In order to influence the position of European authorities, ECF is working on several issues:

Global policies


Cycling and New Technologies


Cycling economy

ECF raises awareness and carries out research about returns of investment for cycling infrastructures; job creation (and its benefits); economic impact of cycling, etc.[21]

Cycling tourism


Health and Environment

ECF underlines the fact that cycling generates also positive externalities in the field of health. Therefore, it supports a number of projects that ECF Member organizations have set up like the "Bike to Work" and "Bike to School" plans.[23]

Road Safety


Urban Mobility

ECF’s main target is more and safer cycling in Europe. According to Eurobarometer,[25] 7.4% of European citizen used the bicycle as their primary means of transport in 2010. By 2020, ECF seeks to see the level of cycling at 15% of the modal split. At the same time, the risk of a serious or fatal accident should decrease by 50%.



Full membership is open to European groups of cycle users, and entitles them to vote at ECF Annual General Meetings (AGM).

Associate membership is open to: European groups that do not meet the criteria for full membership but that support the aims of the ECF, cycling organizations from outside Europe or other bodies with an interest in cycling.They pay the agreed subscription, receive material and may attend the AGM or working groups meetings, but do not have voting rights at meetings.

Full members

Organisation Country Members
Go 2 Albania  Albania
Radlobby Österreich  Austria
BCC - Brest Cycling Community  Belarus
Minsk Cycling COmmunity  Belarus
Fietsersbond VZW  Belgium 23,000
GRACQ - Les Cyclistes Quotidiens asbl  Belgium
Centar za životnu sredinu  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgarian Cycling Association  Bulgaria
Udruga Sindikat biciklista  Croatia
Dansk Cyklist Forbund (DCF - Danish Cyclists' Association)  Denmark 16,000
Foreningen Frie Fugle  Denmark
Vänta Aga  Estonia
AF3V (Association Française des Véloroutes et Voies Vertes)  France
ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club)  Germany 152,000
HPV Deutschland  Germany 1,000
Attica Bike Community  Greece
Podilatiki Apo-Drasi Pierias  Greece
Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki  Greece
Magyar Kerékpárosklub (Hungarian Cyclists' Club)  Hungary
Landssamtök hjólreiðamanna - Icelandic Cyclists' Federation (LHM)  Iceland  Ireland
FIAB (Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta)  Italy
Latvijas Velocelojumu Informacijas Centre  Latvia
Lithuanian Cyclists' Community  Lithuania
Cycle Luxembourg  Luxembourg
LVI (Lëtzebuerger Velos-Initiativ)  Luxembourg
Fietsersbond  Netherlands 35,000
Bikers Lovers Association[27]  Northern Cyprus 82
SLF (Syklistenes Landsforening)  Norway
Miasta Dla Rowerów (Cities for Bicycles)  Poland
Municipal Association of Bicycle Tourism Circle Relaxation  Poland
FPCUB (Federação Portuguesa de Cicloturismo e Utilizadores de Bicicleta)  Portugal
MUBi – Association for the Urban Mobility on Bicycle  Portugal
Bicycle Transportation Union (Велотранспортный союз)  Russia
Russian Cycle Touring Club  Russia
Yugo cikling kampanja  Serbia
Slovenský cykloklub  Slovakia
Slovenska Kolesarska mreza (Slovenian Cyclists´ Network)  Slovenia
Cykelfrämjandet, The Cycling Promotion in Sweden  Sweden 5,593
Future Bike CH   Switzerland 250
Pro Velo Schweiz   Switzerland 31,000
Izmir Bicycle Association  Turkey 312
Kyiv Cyclists' Association  Ukraine 315
Cyclenation  United Kingdom
Cycling Scotland  United Kingdom [28]

Associate members

  • Bicycle SA (Australia)
  • Toerisme Vlaanderen/ Tourism Flanders (Belgium)
  • Pro Velo asbl (Belgium)
  • T & E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment (Belgium)
  • Vélo Québec (Canada)
  • Nadace Partnerstvi (Czech Republic)
  • Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities (Finland)
  • Ekopolis Foundation - (Slovakia)
  • AEVV - EGWA, European Greenways Association - (Spain)
  • VCS / ATE (Switzerland)
  • Thailand Cycling Club (TCC) - (Thailand)
  • FLCA (Taiwan)
  • Sustrans (United Kingdom)
  • Alliance for Biking and Walking (United States)
  • One Street (United States)

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Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club

The Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) (German Cyclist’s Association) is a registered cycling association and club for cyclists in Germany.

The founding meeting of the ADFC took place on 27 September 1979 in Bremen, after the idea to establish such an organisation arose during the International Bicycle and Motorbike Exhibition (IFMA) on 18 April 1978. Jan Tebbe from Bremen provided the idea and was the first chairman of the ADFC. Other founders were transportation researchers like Heiner Monheim or Tilman Bracher.

The ADFC is an interest group of cyclists in German towns, particularly in traffic politics. It became known for the bicycle climate test, which was carried out in 1988, 1991, 2003, 2005 and 2012.

The ADFC is a member of the European Cyclists' Federation and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. At the demand of the ADFC a National Cycle Traffic Plan was presented in 2002 for the first time by the Cabinet of Germany.

Association for the Urban Mobility on Bicycle

The Association for Urban Mobility on Bicycle (in Portuguese Associação pela Mobilidade Urbana em Bicicleta, known by its acronym MUBi) is a Portuguese cyclists association that aims to promote the bicycle and other active means of transportation in urban areas, as well as sustainable mobility. MUBi was legally established on the 22nd of June, 2009. It has influenced and worked with the parliamentarians for the revision of the traffic code in Portugal that took place in 2013, in order to make it more respectful to more vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists. MUBi has also kickstarted a movement called "Friday by Bike" (Sexta de Bicicleta, in Portuguese), with the goal to encourage new users to use the bicycle at least once per week on their daily errands.MUBi is also a full member of the European Cyclists' Federation and also supports the Critical Mass cycling event.

Bernhard Ensink

Dr. Bernhard Wilhelm Ensink (born September 5, 1956) ) is a Dutch theologian, politician and manager. He has been the Secretary General of the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) since May 2006.

Bicycle Federation of Australia

The Bicycle Federation of Australia (BFA) was the peak Australian body representing non-competitive cyclists, and directly represented over 20,000 cyclists who belonged to its affiliated groups in all states of Australia. Established in 1979 as a non-profit organisation, it advocated and lobbied Governments and the private sector for the several million Australians who ride bicycles for recreation, sport and transport. It discontinued its operations in February 2010..

Bicycle helmet laws by country

The wearing of bicycle helmets, and attitudes towards their use vary around the world. Compulsory use of helmets has often been proposed and is the subject of much dispute (see Bicycle helmet laws), based largely on considerations of overall public health. Only two countries (Australia and New Zealand) currently require and enforce universal use of helmets by cyclists. In some other jurisdictions, partial rules apply - for children, in certain states or sub-national areas, or under other limited conditions.

Cycling advocacy

Cycling advocacy consists of activities that call for, promote or enable increased adoption and support for cycling and improved safety and convenience for cyclists, usually within urbanized areas or semi-urban regions. Issues of concern typically include policy, administrative and legal changes (the consideration of cycling in all governance); advocating and establishing better cycling infrastructure (including road and junction design and the creation, maintenance of bike lanes and separate bike paths, and bike parking); public education regarding the health, transportational and environmental benefits of cycling for both individuals and communities, cycling and motoring skills; and increasing public and political support for bicycling.There are many organisations worldwide whose primary mission is to advocate these goals. Most are non-profit organisations supported by donations, membership dues, and volunteers.

Danish Cyclists' Federation

Danish Cyclists' Federation (da: Cyklistforbundet) is a Danish non-governmental bicycle interest organisation, with the purpose of promoting bicycling and bicycle-safety. It was founded in 1905 and got around 16,000 members (2013) Danish Cyclists' Federation is a member organisation of the European Cyclists' Federation, ECF and of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.With a view to remedying the situation of bicycle parking in Copenhagen and other Danish cities, in 2008 the Danish Cyclists' Federation published a "Bicycling Parking Manual" with a number of guidelines, that is now published in English by the Cycling Embassy of Danmark.

EV15 The Rhine Cycle Route

EuroVelo 15 (EV15), named the Rhine Cycle Route, is a EuroVelo long-distance cycling route running 1230km along the Rhine river valley from the headwaters of the Rhine in Andermatt in Switzerland to the river's mouth in Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands.The route crosses Europe from south to north, from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, passing through four countries: Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Rhine Cycle Route is called the following in the languages along its course: German: Rheinradweg, French: Véloroute Rhin and Dutch: Rijnfietsroute.

EV5 Via Romea Francigena

EuroVelo 5 (EV5), named the Via Romea Francigena, is a 3,900 km (2,400 mi) long EuroVelo long-distance cycling route running from Canterbury to Rome and ending at the Italian port of Brindisi. The route crosses Europe passing successively through six countries: UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, France again, Switzerland and Italy.The EV5 is named the Via Romea Francigena after the ancient road from France to Rome that passed over the high Alps: this is reflected in the old road's Latin name, Via Romea Francigena, which means "the way to Rome that comes from France". This route was notably documented by Archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric the Serious who made the trip to Rome and back again in the 11th century.

Note that there is also a walking trail called the Via Francigena which follows Sigeric's route from Canterbury to Rome more closely. It is important to realise that the EuroVelo route does not in any way follow the walking route; the two are very different. For instance, the Via Francigena walking trail does not pass through Belgium or Luxembourg.

EV7 The Sun Route

EuroVelo 7 (EV7), named the Sun Route, is a 7,409 km (4,604 mi) long EuroVelo long-distance cycling route running north-south through the whole of Europe from the North Cape in Norway to the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. The route passes through nine countries, and from north to south these are: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Malta.

EV8 The Mediterranean Route

EuroVelo 8 (EV8), named the Mediterranean Route, is a 5,900 km (3,700 mi) long EuroVelo long-distance cycling route running from Cadiz, Spain to Athens, Greece, and then continuing to the island of Cyprus. The route runs east-west across Europe mainly along or close to the Mediterranean coast, passing successively through 11 countries: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus.

EV9 The Amber Route

EuroVelo 9 (EV9), named the Amber Route - is a 1,930 km (1,200 mi) long EuroVelo long-distance cycling route running from the city of Gdańsk, Poland on the Baltic Sea to Pula, Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. It is called the Amber Route as historically the precious stone amber found in the Baltic region was taken by routes such as this to the Mediterranean Sea. This north-south cycle route runs through Central Europe and passes successively through six countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia.


EuroVelo is a network of long-distance cycling routes (currently 14) criss-crossing Europe, in various stages of completion. As of May 2013 more than 45,000 km (27,962 mi) were in place. The network is scheduled for substantial completion by 2020 and when finished, the EuroVelo network's total length will exceed 70,000 km (43,496 mi). EuroVelo is a project of the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF).

EuroVelo routes can be used for bicycle touring across the continent, as well as by local people making short journeys. The routes are made of both existing national bike routes — such as the Dutch LF-Routes, the German D-Routes, and the British National Cycle Network — and existing general purpose roads, together with new stretches of cycle routes to connect them.


The Dutch Fietsersbond (Cyclists' Union) is an organisation which represents the interests of cyclists in the Netherlands by working towards the expansion and improvement of bicycle friendly infrastructure. The Fietsersbond does this by lobbying, and working with, all levels of government on urban planning, policies, and laws, etc. to improve cycling conditions and make Dutch cities, towns and country areas safer and easier to get around in for anyone who rides a bike — which is a large proportion of the population: approximately 5 million Dutch people ride every day out of the country's total population of 16.8 million.The Fietsersbond lobbies politicians and the civil service on all levels — national, provincial & local — to achieve (among other things):

excellent and direct cycling infrastructure with a constant aim for new ideas and innovative designs,

more and improved parking spaces for bikes,

effective action against bicycle theft, and

greater safety for cyclists.They provide and/or conduct:

development of a crowdsourced cycling route planner, maintained by volunteers (

giving advice to local, regional and national authorities about cycling policy

national and regional campaigns about cycling facilities, road safety and bike lighting.

research about cycling in the NetherlandsThe Fietsersbond has 35,000 members, has more than 1500 active volunteers, is organised into 150 local branches across the country, and is organised from its national office at Utrecht which has 45 staff members. It is a member of the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) and is a principal partner of the Dutch Cycling Embassy. It publishes a quarterly members' magazine called the Vogelvrije Fietser (literally "Free-as-a-bird Cyclist"). The organisation also conducts the Fietsstad (Cycling City) awards every few years where a Dutch town or city that has done extraordinarily well in improving and expanding its cycling infrastructure, is honoured.

(Note that Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, has its own cyclists' union, also called the Fietsersbond.)

Hyderabad Bicycling Club

The Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) is a bicycling club for riders in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Founded by Krishna Vadi in 2007, which has now emerged as the World’s largest Cycling Club on meetup overtaking the Denver Front Range Cycling Club, USA to achieve the same under the mentorship of HBC Chairman, DV Manohar. It has grown six times in the last three years to reach the present membership strength of over 7500 members and 2800 members on Facebook . Hyderabad Bicycling Club is a not for profit organisation registered under section 25 of the Indian Companies Act. It's Bike Stations at Gachibowli and Necklace Road have transformed the city, resulting in more and more people taking to cycling.. The club organises regular bicycling events in and around Hyderabad, broadcasting their upcoming and past events on Meetup , Facebook Page and a closed Facebook Group.

UN Habitat agreed to partner HBC in its unique initiatives to promote cycling in India. HBC is a Founding Member of World Cycling Alliance and Associate Member of European Cyclists Federation. HBC tied up with GHMC, Hyderabad Metro Rail, TSIIC and the Traffic Police to promote "Cycle to Work" initiative in a big way in Cyberabad area to substantially reduce vehicular pollution and traffic congestion there.

Icelandic Cyclists' Federation

The Icelandic Cyclists' Federation (Icelandic: Landssamtök hjólreiðamanna) (LHM) is a federation for cycling for transport, touring, leisure and sport in Iceland. It is a member of the European Cyclists' Federation, which focuses on daily utility cycling and the touring network EuroVelo. The Icelandic Cyclists' Federation was established in 1995, under the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland and its Sports for All project. The official name is (in Icelandic), abbreviated LHM. It has its headquarters in Reykjavík.

Two of the most active, and long-running cycling clubs in Iceland, the Icelandic mountainbike club, a club for touring and everyday cycling and the Cycling Club of Reykjavík, which focuses on training and competitions are members of the federation.

Other members include the Cycling Club of Akureyri Hjólreiðafélag Akureyrar which work on various forms of sportive cycling as well as infrastructure and promotion for utility cycling, Hjólafærni á Íslandi which offers various services to further utility cycling and cycletouring on a not-for profit basis.

Manfred Neun

Manfred Neun (born 21 August 1950) is a German entrepreneur and a key figure in cycling advocacy. He is the former president of the European Cyclists' Federation and actively advocates for cycling and utility cycling in Europe and abroad.


Velo-city is a series of cycle planning conferences that started in 1980 in Bremen. The Velo-city 1980 also inspired the founding of the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) in 1983. The conferences are one of the world's primary forums for the exchange of bicycling expertise.

The name Velo-city is a small play on word using the French for bicycle – vélo, and Velo-city can also be read as velocity or speed. European Cyclists’ Federation owns the series name, and the ECF Board is the decision-making body for Velo-city.

At the beginning, the conference guests and speakers were mainly bicycle advocates, but today Velo-city is well known for gathering all those who are involved in the policy, promotion and provision for cyclists. This mixture of people, professions, skills and experience is a valuable component of the events' success. Velo-city is a forum, the place to be for stakeholders from local, regional and national authorities, politicians, academics, consultants, industrials, and bicycle users.

Velo-city is an occasion for a city to show continuous and lasting efforts to improve cycling in its city. For instance Paris, inspired by the Velo-city 2003 conference, launched Velib in 2007, thereby creating world-wide attention.

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