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Application Area

  • Analysis, scenarios and measure selection
  • Financing, procurement, legal aspects, measure implementation

Tool Type

  • Guidance document / Manual
  • Indicator set
  • Method / Approach
  • Option generator

Target Audience

  • Small cities
  • Medium-sized cities
  • Large cities
  • Metropolitan regions


How good is the cycling policy in your town, city or region? Is it effective and efficient? How can you improve it? BYPAD (Bicycle Policy Audit) helps you to provide answers to such questions.

BYPAD was developed by an international consortium of bicycle experts as part of an EU-funded project. It is based on international best practice methods and provides an overview of the applied measures and structures in local cycling policy. Cities, towns and regions can evaluate the quality of their cycling policy themselves with BYPAD based on a systematic analysis of strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, they receive concrete suggestions on how they can improve their cycling policy in the future.

The entire quality chain consists of 9 modules which all together ensure a balanced cycling policy. Every module obtains a separate quality score. In combination, they reflect the quality level of the cycling policy in a town, city or region. Based on this score, a bicycle action plan is prepared by the evaluation group and compiled by the auditor.

BYPAD considers cycling policy as a dynamic process, a compilation of the 9 modules, in permanent development, influencing each other. The BYPAD-method will result in a report with a list of improvement actions for the cycling policy. In this BYPAD action plan, concrete objectives and actions are set out in a timetable with specific budgets and responsible persons or departments. Almost 200 cities, regions and towns in 24 countries have already been convinced of the advantages of BYPAD and have started improving the quality of their cycling policy with simple, fast-working, and above all cost-efficient measures.

Good Example

Gdynia, (PL): Inhabitants: 250.000 BYPAD Audit 2013 The Audit Group consisted of: administration, cycling NGO and politicians. The Action Plan contains 37 proposed Actions for improvement. "The diagnosis and the action plan are the product of genuinely collaborative effort. It proves there is a consensus as far as both the goals and the means of cycling policy are concerned. I am convinced that the action plan laid out has a really strong mandate and will be successfully implemented." (Wojciech Makowski, Auditor 2013 / Cycling officer, current)

Input Data

Qualitative data collected by questionnaire tool

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Basic Information

February 2017
Auditors' Training costs: € 600/person, yearly membership fee depending on the GDP
4-8 months for the Audit including Action Plan
The process is based on the contribution of administrative staff, politicians and cycling NGOs.


BYPAD core group, BYPAD secretariat by FGM

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