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Mayor of Tel Aviv Signs Bicycle Charter

City to become more bike friendly

By: Syd Keeb
Published: October 10th, 2012 in Health » Israel

Tel Aviv, an urban centre which offers its population the full spectrum of cosmopolitan amenities can now boast it is also a haven for bicycle enthusiasts. Recently the Mayor of the city, Ron Huldai signed the Charter of Brussels, a covenant that commits cities to setting a goal of having 15% of its citizens to be using bikes by the year 2020. In addition cities also agree to reduce the risks associated with fatal bike accidents by 50%, increase bike parking, put in place policies to decrease bike thefts and create initiatives that encourage people to commute from school or work using a bicycle.

Mayor Huldai used the signing of the charter to kick off the country's largest bicycle happening, Sovev which boasted three race paths, with 20,000 participating in the different events.

“We of course welcome Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s decision to join the distinguished list of European cities, which lead the world in the promotion of bicycle culture and transportation,” Yotam Avizohar, CEO of Israel for Bikes explained. “Data from Tel Aviv already indicates success of bicycle projects at European standards.”

A bill which calls for the regulation of bike paths, better parking spaces and even the availability of showers at work is being promoted by Israel for Bikes in the Knesset which is set for a second and third reading in the upcoming months.

Related articles: Tel Aviv, Israel, Ron Huldai, Charter of Brussels, Bicycles
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