Cycling policy

Pro Velo Switzerland wants cycling and travelling on foot to be taken seriously and promoted as a third pillar of transport next to public transport and motorized individual transport, both in public perception and in the implementation of government policy. The term "slow traffic" (French: "mobilité douce") was created in the 1990s to describe this third pillar. Pro Velo is working to change public perception of this third pillar by referring to it under a new name, “Active Mobility.”

Federal Decree on Cycle Paths 
On September 23, 2018, the federal decree on cycle paths, footpaths, and hiking trails was approved by the people and the cantons with 73.6%.

Law on cycle paths
In May 2021, the Federal Council adopted a dispatch for a law on cycle paths based on bicycle article 88 in the Federal Constitution. The parliament will deal with this in the course of 2021.

Parliamentary group on active mobility
In 2002, the parliamentary groups on pedestrian mobility and the bicycle joined forces to form the parliamentary group on active mobility. Around 35 members of the National Council and the Council of States belong to this group.

Keep your distance
Every 20th cycling accident in Switzerland occurs when overtaking in traffic. In order to increase the safety of cyclists in Switzerland, Pro Velo Switzerland demands that the legal minimum overtaking distance be set at 1.5 meters.

Cycling policy