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ECO Raluca Fișer President at Green Revolution Association (environmental NGO) Vice President – board member of the European Cyclists Federation Developer and operator of the Ivelo (www.ivelo.ro) bike-sharing projects.

10 Easy Steps to Turn Bucharest into a Cycling City by Raluca Fișer

Cities all over the world are reinventing themselves as places to be lived, rather than just driven through. Valencia, Bogotá, and Hanoi are the new pioneers. Vibrant, open, busy, messy, mixing, these cities, although different from one another, but they all share something. All are leveraging bicycles as an excellent tool to unlock the full potential of mobility, liveability, local economy and democracy. The time has come for Bucharest’s resurgence. Here are 10 steps to transform the Romanian capital into the most competitive city of Eastern Europe – for cycling and more.

1. Vision and will

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ity leaders are generally highly engaged individuals, passionate about their job and capable of firm commitments. The very first thing they need is to have an ambitious vision of the city they want. Be inspired by the top 20 most cycling friendly cities, recently unveiled in the Copenhagenize Index. The first 5-7 cities are in a category of their own, but lower down the list one can find cities like Barcelona, Paris, Taipei; highly chaotic, until recently traffic oriented, and all featuring huge avenues designed for big polluting vehicles. And yet, the rock-solid political will of their leaders are changing the face of these cities forever. Best practice: Ljubljana 18

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10 Easy Steps to Turn Bucharest into a Cycling City

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OZB Magazine July/August 2019  

Romanian magazine in English published monthly and distributed across a wide range of Bucharest based shops, cafes and restaurants.

OZB Magazine July/August 2019  

Romanian magazine in English published monthly and distributed across a wide range of Bucharest based shops, cafes and restaurants.

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