In the province of Bizkaia, cycling is still largely a recreational or sportive pursuit, however that is changing. The General Deputy has stated that increasing and encouraging more cycling throughout the municipalities of Bizkaia is a key goal in their future mobility plans. In November of 2019, they hosted a day-long conference to hear from local and international best practices how to best achieve these goals. Mobility Advisor, Robin Kleine, travelled to Bizkaia to deliver a masterclass on Dutch experiences and take-aways for Bizkaia as well as experience cycling in the province to help give them insights into how to stimulate cycling in the region.
Following the masterclass, Robin discussed the plans and approaches in Bizkaia. He saw one of the biggest contributions to be shifting the province’s focus from just implementing new infrastructure to a more integrated approach. One in which the cyclists (to be) and their various characteristics, motivations and needs were central. As a result, the province wanted to develop a strategy that would help both the province and the municipalities within Bizkaia to make it a better place for cycling. This would include both stimulating people to start cycling and to keep them cycling. Mobycon was hired to assist with developing the strategy and writing the final plan, which included a return visit to the province.