MUBi‘s application for becoming a member of ECF – European Cyclist’s Federation, was accepted at the AGM last week, which took place in Seville, just before the Velo-City conference.
Here’s the application intro sent last February:
Who is MUBi?
MUBi is a new portuguese grassroots organization of mainly urban ‘transportational’ cyclists, many previously involved in other local pro-cycling movements and initiatives. The majority of members is from the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, and almost all of the current “active” ones are from Lisbon itself. Although local in constitution, MUBi’s scope is national, as it’s based in the capital and deals with issues of national level. The current “picture” reveals a membership base of 24 % women, 76 % men, from 20 to 66 years old on an average of 34, and 80 % of members cycling for transportation a few to several times a week.
What is MUBi doing?
MUBi has just recently really kicked off, after its constitution in mid 2009, with renewed energy and dynamics. We’re working on:
- developing new projects of our own
- engaging in international cooperation with other groups
- monitoring national public projects
We have a 3 vector action plan:
- cycling community oriented programs (to engage, connect and empower current cyclists, the new and the veterans)
- partnerships with public and private players (to promote better conditions for cycling by educating and lobbying national and local authorities about cyclists’ rights, needs and societal benefits, and by creating incentives and tools for companies and other entities to better accommodate, serve and value their cycling users, customers and partners)
- public outreach (to use the media – conventional and new web 2.0 and social networks – to educate the general population about cyclists’ rights and positive role in creating better cities and better mobility for all, and to bring global awareness about cycling’s personal benefits)
Why would MUBi like to join ECF?
To cooperate at a transnational level in promoting better conditions for cycling as a means of transport nationally and internationally within the European Union. To use ECF’s available body of work and established networks of communication and cooperation as a starting base to define our own policies, to learn from others, and also to share our own experiences and perspectives.
We took this opportunity to send one of us to Velo-City also, to establish contacts with other NGO’s, particularly the Spanish ones, given the geographical and cultural proximity, and to bring back interesting and useful experiences, knowledge, and perspectives on cycling related issues.
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