60 million kilometres to promote cycling and quality of life

Winning City Cycling municipalities honoured in Kaiserlautern, Germany

Some 300,000 people took part in the Climate Alliance's international City Cycling campaign between May and September 2018. Together they avoided over 8,400 tons of CO2 emissions while cycling around 60 million kilometres – more or less the distance between Earth and Mars. In the approximately 900 participating communities in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and even Brazil, the bicycle became the main means of transport for many participants during the local three-week campaign periods. "With City Cycling, participants cycle to work and school and even use the bicycle to take care of daily errands. The campaign also helps promote the type of cycling infrastructure needed to make a long-lasting change in mobility habits," explains Thomas Brose, Executive Director of the Climate Alliance city network, which has been running the campaign since 2008. In Kaiserlautern on 13 November 2018, Brose along with Rhineland-Palatinate's Environment Minister Ulrike Höfken and Kaiserslautern's Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel honoured the most successful municipalities in 2018's City Cycling campaign. Winning municipalities with the most cycled kilometres as well as the most active municipal parliaments were awarded prizes in five size categories.

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Since 2008, CITY CYCLING has been inviting local politicians and the public to cycle for their municipalities. In so doing, they promote cycling and advocate climate action. Participating municipalities choose 21 consecutive days between May and September during which the campaign is to be implemented. At the end of the season, the kilometres covered are tallied and the top municipalities in three different categories are awarded. This campaign is a unique way to promote climate-friendly mobility in that it reaches out directly to members of municipal parliaments, encouraging them to experience the local cycle path network first hand. These politicians can then implement specific improvements based on their experiences, thus making it easier to travel by bicycle locally.