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22 June 2010

Cycling without language-barriers - EESC launches European Cycling Lexicon's even more comprehensive second edition

Want to request a "puncture repair kit" in Lithuanian? Or ask for a "Green wave for cyclists" in Romanian? Need to know "Is this road good for cycling?" in Arabic? Or think what Brussels could do to co-finance your cycle ways? No problem – the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched the second edition of its popular European Cycling Lexicon today at the international cycling conference "Velo-city Global" ( in Copenhagen. The fully illustrated booklet in traveller-friendly format contains all the answers. It also includes terms useful in the world of cycling and human-powered vehicles in 27 languages, including the 23 official EU languages.

"Cities that are good for cyclists are cities that are good for all citizens. The European Economic and Social Committee as the EU body in which civil society organisations from all EU member states have their say in EU policy making, has long stressed that the car-dominated city is not an option." explained Mr. János Tóth, President of the EESC's Section for Transport and Energy.

Responding to the continuous strong demand for copies of its "best-seller" publication, the EESC, in partnership with the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), has launched the second edition with many new features:

  • four more languages in the printed version (Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic) and six additional languages in the web-version (Croatian, Turkish, Icelandic, Macedonian, Montenegran, Albanian) to address Europeans and visitors of Europe alike

  • a chapter on EU-sources for funding of cycling projects and cycling infrastructure, never compiled before

  • a chapter with cycling statistics and facts on the economic, environmental and health benefits of cycling

  • more examples of state-of-the-art cycling infrastructure (such as the "green wave for cyclists", or roundabouts with right of way for cyclists)

  • the latest developments in human powered-vehicle constructions for different mobility needs

    • a wiki-version on the EESC website, where citizens can add further translations and terms (from fall 2010 on)

When the EESC launched the first edition of European Cycling Lexicon one year ago it immediately became a hit with citizens and organisations alike and has since helped to promote cycling across Europe.

Web link European Cycling Lexicon: For a free copy write to

For more details, please contact Barbara Gessler at

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