Campaign background

CITY CYCLING is a campaign developed according to the Nuremberg model by Climate Alliance, which is the largest network of cities, municipalities and districts committed to protecting the world’s climate with over 1,700 members in 26 European countries. The aim of CITY CYCLING is to foster climate protection and to promote cycling. All municipalities (towns, cities, communities, rural districts/regions, etc.) in Germany are invited to participate in the campaign on 21 consecutive days between 1 May and 30 September. The campaign makes tried-and-tested, easy-to-implement measures available to municipalities to advocate sustainable mobility (more) actively in the key areas of marketing and public relations with relatively few overheads.


The campaign aims to motivate citizens to use their bicycle in their everyday lives, and to increasingly raise bicycle usage and cycle traffic planning as an issue on the agendas of local parliaments. As the local decision-makers for cycling infrastructure, local politicians should “experience” first-hand in the truest sense of the word what it means to cycle in their own municipality, and contribute and implement measures to improve the situation for cyclists. What’s more, politicians should be made aware of and use their role model function to encourage cycling by setting a positive example.

The CITY CYCLING campaign is designed as a competition to promote cycling with fun and enthusiasm. Germany’s most active local parliaments and municipalities are sought, as are the most active teams and cyclists in the municipalities themselves. Members of local parliaments are invited to form teams with citizens and to compete to top the leader board. Ideally, they should act as team captains for CITY CYCLING teams to set a positive example to encourage citizens to cycle more. During the 21 consecutive days, as many journeys as possible should be covered by bike – for both private and professional purposes. School classes, clubs, organisations, companies, citizens, etc. are also all invited to form teams.

During the three-week campaign period, cyclists record the kilometres they cover in an environmentally-friendly manner in the online cycling log, which is a web-based database for logging the kilometres cycled. The results of each individual team and municipality will be published on the CITY CYCLING website to enable a comparison of teams within a municipality as well as between the different municipalities and to provide added motivation. The achievements of individual participants will not be published, with the exception of the CYCLE STARS.

The CITY CYCLING campaign can be accompanied by and promoted through a variety of measures to raise awareness for the advantages of sustainable mobility. The organisation of cycling activity days with cycling tours, information stands, podium discussions, etc. enable municipalities to raise awareness among citizens and to promote cycling with the support of additional stakeholders. Ideas of measures municipalities are able to organise as part of their local CITY CYCLING campaign can be found in the resources section.

Participation of rural districts/regions and their associated towns/communities

Rural districts/regions are also able to participate in CITY CYCLING in their own right, i.e. they will be listed in the overall results individually, have the opportunity to win prizes and be allocated their own subpage featuring local information, etc.


On request, the towns and communities within a rural district/region can be listed separately (simply request a separate listing when you register. This does not necessarily have to be the case for all towns/communities. If a town/municipality (always discernible by the addition of “Municipality of X in the rural district of Y”) and the according rural district/region participate, the kilometres will be credited to both the town/municipality and the rural district/region.

Condition: the CITY CYCLING campaign must take place in the rural district/region and associated city/community at the same time!



Cyclists from the rural district of Starnberg


The CITY CYCLING app has now been launched!

There is now an even more convenient way to add the kilometres for a team or municipality than via the online cycling calendar: the CITY CYCLING app (for Android and iOS systems)! Either enter the kilometres manually – without needing to log into the internet – or use the GPS function: the exact route will then be tracked and the kilometres covered calculated immediately.

There are a variety of results views to choose from, and communication within the team is facilitated by a comment function that allows team members to organise tours together or to cheer one another on, for example.

Two versions of the CITY CYCLING app are available in the app stores: a free version and a paying version (without any advertising). A one-off fee is payable for the paying version, which also includes countless useful additional features, such as a speedometer, altitude meter and route export function (GPX file).

The app can moreover be used for the RADar! reporting platform (see below). If a municipality offers RADar! (as indicated by the RADar! symbol in the list of participating municipalities), cyclists are able to pinpoint locations directly on a street map via the CITY CYCLING app to inform their municipality of cycling infrastructure requiring improvement. The location needing attention is either determined by the nearest postal address or – even more easily – by GPS localisation through clicking directly on the map!

NEW in 2016: because the RADar! reporting platform is now being offered to cyclists entirely independently of the CITY CYCLING campaign for the first time (during the summer, for example, or even all year round), a standalone, free RADar! app has now been made available (for android and iOS systems); the RADar! function is still also integrated into the CITY CYCLING app.

The winners

The climate, the environment and each and every one of us! Every kilometre covered by bike rather than by car allows us to avoid 139g of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere (according to the German Federal Environment Agency), reduce traffic, emissions and noise, and leads to more liveable cities and communities!

Local winners

Where possible, the most active cyclists and/or teams should be acknowledged locally by the municipalities. The participating municipalities are responsible for deciding the award criteria. Possible categories include:

  • Most active cyclists: the individuals to have cycled the most kilometres
  • Most active teams: the teams to have cycled the most kilometres (absolute figures)
  • Teams with the most active members: the teams with the most kilometres cycled per team member (average)
  • Largest teams: the teams who managed to motivate the most cyclists to participate

National winners

As a municipal network, Climate Alliance will honour the top three municipalities in three categories at the end of the campaign to offer both small municipalities and large cities a realistic chance of a prize in at least one category.

The best newcomer in each category will also be honoured – so the municipality participating in CITY CYCLING for the first time ranked the highest among the campaign newcomers!

The award categories:

  1. Most active municipal parliament
    (kilometres per councillor according to the number of councillors participating)
  2. Most active municipalities with the most kilometres cycled (absolute)
  3. Most active municipalities with the most kilometres cycled per inhabitant (average)
  • Special category CYCLE STAR
    To lessen the focus on purely collecting kilometres, prizes are not merely conferred to the top finishers with the most kilometres: every CYCLE STAR is in fact a winner, which is why a draw featuring high-quality prizes is held at the end of each campaign season. Prizes include a top-of-the-range bicycle from Stevens Bikes and Bosch worth €2,500–€3,000 (subject to availability).


Click here to see the results for 2016!

Please note that comprehensive information on the CITY CYCLING campaign is also available to download as a PDF in the resources section.