To cover as many kilometres as possible by bike for both private and professional purposes, and to contribute in this way to climate protection, setting an example to promote cycling in the municipality – and, ultimately, also having fun cycling!
Anyone who lives, works, belongs to a club or attends school or university in a participating municipality.
Cyclists with internet access
During the campaign period, each participant keeps a record of the kilometres they have cycled and enters them in the online cycling log. In order to do so, participants must complete a one-off registration on the CITY CYCLING website. This will involve entering their name and email address. Once registered, participants can simply log in – similar to how they log in to their email account.
Note: the user details entered by cyclists in previous years remain valid, i.e. it is not necessary for these participants to re-register. They simply need to select a municipality when they log in for the first time and can then view the kilometres they cycled in past years and compare their results.
Recording the kilometres for multiple cyclists
It is possible to record the kilometres both for individual cyclists and multiple cyclists (e.g. school classes, families, etc.) in the online cycle log. If the latter is the case, the number of people managed from one access/user account must be adjusted accordingly (under the ‘Settings’ tab in the online cycling log). Once this has been done, it is possible to simply enter the total number of kilometres covered.
Exception: CYCLE STARS and members of local parliaments are only permitted to enter their own kilometres!
Note: for local awards for the most active (individual) cyclists, only cyclists who have recorded kilometres in the online cycling calendar for just one single person can be considered for the prizes.
Cyclists with smartphones
It is possible to either enter the kilometres cycled online or to use the CITY CYCLING app (for Android and iOS systems). In addition to other functions, the app allows kilometres cycled to be entered manually (meaning it is no longer necessary to log into the internet) or recorded using the GPS function.
The CITY CYCLING app tracks the exact route and calculates the kilometres covered.
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.
Cyclists with no internet access
During the campaign period, each participant logs the kilometres they have cycled in the log form (available in the resources section) and forwards this form to the local coordinator of the participating municipality or team captain.
The team captain then enters the kilometres on their behalf or forwards them to the local coordinator (also every week).
The deadline for logging kilometres is seven days after the CITY CYCLING campaign ends in the municipality. Please note that no entries or changes are possible after this time!
Every participant in the CITY CYCLING campaign should use their bicycle for private and professional purposes as often as possible. Cyclists participating in the special CYCLE STAR category should lead by example and use only their bike during the 21-day CITY CYCLING period instead of their car. Where possible, CYCLE STARS should be public figures, such as members of local parliaments, (lord) mayors, department heads, etc.
As an added incentive, all CYCLE STARS STARs will receive a top-of-the-range cycle computer courtesy of Paul Lange & Co. worth €35 for precise recording of the kilometres cycled (max. two per municipality). Provided all the requirements are met, they will be presented with a waterproof bicycle bag featuring the CITY CYCLING logo worth €120 from Ortlieb at the end of the local CITY CYCLING campaign period.
In addition, at the end of the campaign period, high-quality cycling-related prizes are raffled off among all of the successful CYCLE STARS across the country, including a top-of-the-range bike from Stevens Bikes and Bosch worth approx. €2,500–3,000 (subject to availability).
Please note that the following rules only apply for CYCLE STARS!
NEW in 2016: owning and using a car is no longer a prerequisite for participation in the CITY CYCLING campaign. However, a maximum of two CYCLE STARS are able to participate per municipality.
The local coordinator must inform the CITY CYCLING project team at Climate Alliance of an individual’s intention to participate in the campaign as a CYCLE STAR at least one week before the local launch event (registration is only possible via the local coordinator’s CITY CYCLING user account).
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!
As a municipal network, Climate Alliance will honour the the best newcomer – so the municipality participating in CITY CYCLING for the first time ranked the highest among the campaign newcomers – along with the top three municipalities in the following three categories:
Information on local awards, kick-off and closing events, cycling tours, etc. can be found on the subpage for the respective municipality (listed under the participating municipalities tab). The contact details for the local coordinators are also published here.
Participation in the CITY CYCLING campaign is voluntary and at the participant’s own risk.
There shall be no recourse to legal action.
The Climate Alliance CITY CYCLING team wishes all participants a great deal of fun and every success with the campaign!
Please note that comprehensive details of the CITY CYCLING campaign are also available to download as a PDF in the resources section.