PRESTO – “Promoting Cycling for Everyone as a Daily Transport Mode” was a project of the EU’s Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme granted by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) running from 2009 until 2012.
PRESTO was about competence building in cycling policies. The project aimed to offer a set of tools for technicians to create cycle friendly urban environments, to implement sound cycling plans and to start up targeted promotion campaigns. PRESTO's local activities in the five PRESTO cities were meant to encourage the use of bicycles, also among elderly or those who live in very hilly areas (read the project's conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations in the final report).
As pedelecs (bicycles assisted by an electric motor) are making cycling even more accessible PRESTO involved dealers to set up “try-out days” of pedelecs where people could test and see for themselves the advantages. Finally PRESTO implemented an E-learning tool focusing on cycling policies aiming to become a long lasting training course. A brochure smmuarises all you ever wanted to know about pedelecs. Get it here.
The PRESTO website offers an overview of the project and its results (summarised in the document on the right). Find training material, Policy guides and Fact sheets in the top menu and download the files in six languages. We hope you will find this website and its content useful to improve the cycling level in your city - if you do, like us on Facebook too.
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PRESTO was endorsed by the European Commission's Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign as an Official Partner in the period 2010-2011.