Mobile2020 has ended

Our project "More biking in small and medium sized towns of Central and Eastern Europe by 2020" (mobile2020) has ended. Read about our approach and achievements in our brochures "gaining momentum" and "keeping balance" or dive deeper into utility cycling with the mobile2020 handbook


Keeping Balance - Maintaining the Strong Cycling Culture of Central and Eastern Europe

The purpose of the Mobile 2020 project was to boost cycling levels in small and medium-sized communities in Central and Eastern Europe. This publication summarises Mobile 2020's accomplishments, assesses the current state of play of everyday cycling in the region, and proposes ways to increase its popularity among the new generation of travellers.

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Gaining Momentum - More biking in small and medium sized towns of Central and Eastern Europe by 2020

Mobile 2020 was driven by the determination and power of its team members, who have worked on its components, and were in turn powered by the positive feedback of their audience. Just like a bicycle, mobile2020 is more than the sum of its parts. From May 2011 until June 2014, mobile 2020 has developed into an effective vehicle for knowledge on concepts and measures for a sustainable cycling infrastructure in small and medium-sized communities in central and
Eastern Europe.
With this report, we want to share insight into our efforts, successes and challenges.

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Decreasing CO2 by Increasing Bicycle Use

Decreasing CO2 by Increasing Bicycle Use
collect data - estimate - decide (.pdf)

Calculation Sheet (.xls)

The mobile2020 project addresses in particular the priority of encouraging a modal shift from the car to bicycle, which does not consume primary energy. Effecting such shifts will improve the overall energy efficiency of the entire transport system in the participating countries. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are reduced due to a modal shift from passenger car use to non motorized means of transport especially the bicycle.

This study shall provide an easy to use toolkit (carbon calculator) to visualize and present an estimation about the CO2-reduction potential by measures that aim on increasing bicycle use. Different carbon calculators are accessible via internet that allow to estimate individual CO2-emissions for different sectors like fuel, energy, air travel, food, waste, etc. (e.g., nature.org2 or atmosfair.de3). All carbon calculators lack in the ability to estimate the reduction potential by cycling respectively the ability to consider modal shifts from passenger car use to bicycle use and the ecological effect on greenhouse gas emissions. 

In this study we develop a carbon calculator based on the facts and figures of a German nationwide surveys on transportation4 that enables multipliers of the mobile2020 project, urban planners and decision makers to give an impression about the amount of possibly reduced input of CO2 into the atmosphere. The calculator can be easily used with any spreadsheet software like MS Excel© or other open-source software (e.g. libre office ©). With the tool effects on GHGs savings are presented instantly which make it handy in any discussion
about setting up targets and their ecological effects. 

Co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union