NATCYP is a benchmark program directed by Velo Mondial, supported by DG TREN of the European Commission, and with five participating countries; Czech Republic, England, Finland, Scotland and The Netherlands. The program has, for the first time ever, compared and benchmarked cycle policies at a national level within Europe.
The work of the first stage of this program covered in this report covers the period from early 2001 until December 2001 and the publication of the final report.
It was planned that this stage would be time and participant limited, but good work has been completed, and other countries that would join a further NATCYP phase are also identified. The participating countries became involved in this benchmarking program in order to compare their achievements so far, and to identify best practice relevant for their stage of development. Indeed, there are wide variations of cycling policies in Europe, and the situation is developing quickly. There are countries, which are at a starting stage of development, those who have some achievements, and those who have integrated cycling into the overall transport policy.
At a time when the many benefits of greater cycle use are being increasingly recognised, this benchmarking program is a very important tool to: aid countries with cycle policies to do better; raise the status of the bicycle; and to encourage more countries to adopt pro-cycling policies.
NATCYP stage I report