Why do some European cities have a much higher share of cycling compared to other cities with the same characteristics? That is one of the main questions the CHAMP project aimed to address. The European project, which kicked off in October 2011 and ran for three years, brought together seven of the most experienced European cities in the field of cycling: Bolzano, Burgos, Edinburgh, Groningen, Kaunas, Ljubljana and Orebro. 

By looking at their counterparts in Europe and analysing success and failure, the CHAMP cities aspired to discover methods for a further upgrade and optimization of their cycling policies. Additionally, the cities aimed to collect new ideas for upgrading the safety of cyclists and for making it a more attractive form of transport. The CHAMPs also reached out to less advanced cities with clear ambitions to help them pave the way to become cycle "champions" themselves.