Know your starting point to notice progress. To improve the conditions for cycling it is important to know the present situation. What are the conditions for cycling in your city and which goal do you want to reach in the near future? Which are the main obstacles to avoid?

There are many different indicators to judge by. Some are obvious; others might sound strange at first. Asking questions is an important instrument to stimulate people to think about cycling and possibilities for improvements.

Often there are different opinions about the conditions between users and those responsible. Both perspectives must be considered. A survey is a good basis for discussion about possible goals and areas for improvement.