Title:Cooperation between NGOs and municipalitiesAuthors:Virág Bencze-KovácsMore information:http://kerekparosklub.huMain questionHow could and should a civil organisation actively participate in the processof creating a cycle-friendly city? We see that, in the case of a “climber” country, this factor is indispensable.Situation analysisRelatively low level of car ownership and high but decreasing share of public transport are commonphenomena in “climber” countries. However, cycling is two-faceted with a striking contrast between cities andthe countryside. “Climber” countries also face a problem of the public sector: a lot of important tasks –promotion of cycling, maintenance of infrastructure or even road planning – are not properly fulfilled, sothese tasks have to be done or strongly motivated by civil organisations.Current role and mode of operation of NGOsPros (+): Cons (–): • catalysing the process (bringing together • cooperation on an ad hoc and personal politicians, authorities, urban planners, basis; engineers); • not being taken seriously; • substituting the deficiencies of the public • no “control” over decision making, only sector; option is persuasion; • protesting and cooperation: since decision • insufficient resources (especially financial) to makers do not possess the knowledge for meet the needs for cooperation in all fields; right decisions, protesting is not enough – • no access to sufficient data (plans, statistics, NGOs have to cooperate; other data) for decision-making. • professional expertise combined with volunteer activism and strong presence at the local level; • instead of demands: participation, common work.The role of HCC in Hungary can also be a good example for organizations in other “climber” countries.What can be done to involve and motivate municipalities? • Long-term agreements with municipalities. • Organization of professional days and groups all over the country. • Taking formal and informal contact with designers, consultation in the planning of bicycle infrastructure. • Our examples until now: ◦ City of Győr, Cycling Concept: working together with the municipality and designers delegated by the city. ◦ City of Miskolc: professional day, consultation in road network planning. ◦ City of Budapest: control of developments – suggestions, opinions and expertise.In January 2010, Győr accepted the Citys Cycling Programme prepared in cooperation with HCC and themunicipality. The joint presentation of HCC and the municipality will show the details of the programme andthe cooperation.