Monday, January 26, 2009

Cycling and Environment-UCI Charter

The protection of the environment and the application of the principles of sustainable development are fundamental duties for all individuals in society. As an International Federation, the International Cycling Union is committed to assuming its responsibilities in this respect. A competitive sport that does not require huge facilities, a healthy outdoor leisure pursuit and an ecological means of transport, cycling is an activity that respects, and is closely linked to, the environment. Strengthened by the values and assets of cycling, of which it is assuming the development and promotion of all aspects with the close cooperation of National Federations and its main partners, the UCI is committed to respecting the seven following rules:
  1. Apply, encourage and pass on recommendations made by the International Olympic Committee’s Sports and Environment Commission, which considers the environment as the third dimension of the Olympic movement.
  2. Adopt responsible conduct in its daily activities at its headquarters and the velodrome at the World Cycling Centre: environmentally friendly facilities, ecological management of energy, materials and waste
  3. Take into account the respect of pre-established environmental criteria when evaluating bids for the organisation of UCI events. This includes the need to ensure that permanent facilities will provide a harmoniously integrated and utilised legacy.
  4. Make National Federations and partners aware of the problems regarding the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
  5. Support organisers of UCI events, enabling them to supply pertinent answers to questions related to the protection of the environment before, during and after the event.
  6. Encourage cyclists, whatever their chosen discipline, to show responsibility towards the environment by respecting basic rules.
  7. Support the promotion of the bicycle as an ecological means of transport that helps to resolve the problems of pollution and traffic congestion.

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