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European Cycling Challenge 2014

1st – 31st May 2014, Europe

The “European Cycling Challenge 2014”, launched by the City of Bologna and  the SRM – the Authority for mobility and local public transport – will take place throughout the month of May 2014. In each city, urban cyclists will join their City Team, tracking their movements using a free smart phone app and contributing to the number of kilometres travelled in their city. The city which cycles the most kilometres will win the Challenge. The aim of the challenge is to encourage people to use bicycles for commuting.

The Challenge, now in its third year, has achieved incredible results. Last year, more than  3,000  cyclists  in  12  European  cities  took  part  (Bologna,  Padua, Rimini, Tallinn, West London, London, Lewisham, Dublin, Lille, Utrecht, Tartu, Kaunas and Vila Nova de Famalicão), cycling more than 300,000 km.

The City of Bologna was also awarded the 2013 CIVITAS Award for citizen participation which is one of the most  significant  European  awards  for  cities  that  recognise  sustainable  transport  policies.

At the end of the challenge every city organises a local public event to reward their cyclists. Participating cities will also have the opportunity to request anonymous records of all of the routes travelled. This information can then be used for future verification and planning of cycling networks.

To find out how more about the European Cycling Challenge click here.

European Green Capital Award

The European Green Capital recognises the impact that well-planned sustainable transport can have on the overall environment of a city and has listed local transport as one of the 12 indicators for the Award assessed by an Expert Panel. In spite of a population growing by 1000 a month, Copenhagen European Green Capital 2014 has succeeded in controlling car use. This is partly due to a long term campaign to encourage Copenhageners to cycle. Today, 36% of trips to and from work (including commuting from neighbouring cities) are made by bike.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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