Brussels, 1 February 2023 (TDI): Climate change is a huge challenge for everyone. European Countries are also addressing this challenge by adopting several policies to reduce noise pollution and by promoting healthy living.

Among other measures, European Transport Parliamentarians stressed the use of cycling at different levels to reduce transport noise and to promote green transitioning.

To promote cycling at a vast level, European Transport and Tourism Committee drafted a resolution on February 1st. In the resolution, the parliamentarians urge for more dedicated cycling lanes, parking places for bikes, and a reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) rate.

While drafting the resolution EU parliamentarians highlighted the benefits of cycling by explaining that such steps will help to promote green transitioning and reduce road congestion, noise pollution, and improve air quality and economic growth.

Parliamentarians also discussed the provision of more secured parking and dedicated cycling lanes in both urban and rural places.

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They stressed that regional and local authorities must integrate cycling, affordable e-bikes, and bike-sharing schemes into urban and rural mobility plans.

More synergies with other transport modes, such as more places for bikes in trains or more secured parking areas for bikes at stations, could also help the cycling industry.

They also urged that the VAT rate and the rates related to rental and repair must be reduced as well. EU parliamentarian also stressed during the meeting to designate 2024 as the European Year of Cycling.

The draft resolution on developing an EU cycling strategy will be voted on by the full house of the Parliament, possibly during its meeting in Strasbourg in February.

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Zartasha Niazi
Ms. Zartasha Niazi is Communication, Advocacy, and Media expert who working with development and humanitarian both national and international organizations for the last 13 years. Her areas of expertise include designing and developing robust communications strategies including positioning of social media, storytelling, and filmmaking on both humanitarian and development issues and advocating for the rights of women and marginalized segments of society. During her services to CARE International in Pakistan, she awarded with "Best Communicator Award" from CARE Global. She is currently leading the Action for Impact. Started her career in 2008, She has traveled to Switzerland, and represented Pakistan at United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland several times to advocate and communicate the rights of the marginalized. Through her innovative approach, she initiated various campaigns in different organizations on Gender Equality, Maternal Reproductive Health, and WASH. In addition, she is associated with National Youth Assembly, Women Democratic Front, and Every Women Treaty. Her poetic blog book “Words of Wisdom” was recently published, in which she tried to come up with inspirational quotes and poetry for women's empowerment, humanity, and peace. Her other publications include articles on women empowerment and climate change, Policy Monitor on the implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Human Rights Report 2009 Jammu & Kashmir, FAFEN Fortnightly Newsletter, CARE Quarterly Newsletter, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum weekly bulletin, quarterly newsletter, and monthly reports, Infographics to Eradicate Poverty, Documentaries on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, and several research briefs.