All participating municipalities are listed in the overview available here. Should your municipality not feature in this list, then why not approach your municipality (administration, town/city council, etc.) and suggest that they participate in the campaign?
The CITY CYCLING campaign takes place every year between 1 May and 31 October 2020 (due to the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign period is being extended by one month exclusively in 2020 – usual period: from 1 May to 30 September every year). In the municipalities themselves, the campaign runs on 21 consecutive days to advocate climate protection and promote cycling. The participating municipalities are free to choose the exact campaign period.
To make the competition even more exciting, cyclists are now able to form subteams (e.g. for individual departments or classes) within their main team (company, school, public authority, club, etc.). The kilometres cycled count towards the subteam as well as the main team.
First, sign up for CITY CYCLING and join a main team. You will then have the option to “Create a new subteam” under “My team” after logging in. The person to create the subteam is automatically appointed as the subteam captain.
Each and every kilometre covered by bike for professional or private purposes during the 21-day campaign period can be counted; (cycling) competitions as well as indoor training on stationary bikes (e.g. spinning bikes) cannot be included here.
CITY CYCLING lives from the principle of fair play and relies on the honesty of cyclists. It is not possible to check the kilometres entered by the tens of thousands of cyclists participating in the campaign, nor do we wish to do so. This being said, we ask that the municipal coordinators look into any “unusual” activities and to review these as necessary. “Social checks” among and within teams also tend to work.
This being said, the actual aim of the campaign is simply to get more people – and particularly local politicians as decision-makers for cycling promotion – on their bikes and to facilitate more effective public presentation and addressing of this issue by means of a competition. At the same times, cyclists demonstrate to those responsible with their participation how important climate protection and cycling promotion are to them and how many people are already using their bikes today.
It is at the local coordinator’s discretion to decide who is permitted to represent the municipality in this special category (e.g. mayors, city councillors, etc.).
Take advantage of the CITY CYCLING campaign to gain an insight into life as a cyclist for (at least) 21 days and experience the traffic situation for cyclists in your municipality first hand. The real experts on cycle policy are all those, who have considered the matter from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. Why not refine your senses and enhance your awareness to help improve the situation for cyclists.
You also should not underestimate – and indeed should also use – your role model function as a member of the local parliament: with your participation, you show others how important climate protection and sustainable mobility are. What’s more, in the process, the kilometres you cycle help your municipality achieve a good ranking in the “Most active local parliament” prize category.
(For those wishing to register for the Most active municipal parliament prize category.)
When a cyclist signs up for the first time, they will be asked about their status as a parliamentarian or member of the local parliament and/or council. This information is decisive for the prize category of “Most active municipal parliament” in which Climate Alliance acknowledges municipalities’ achievements.
In principle, members of the local parliament are all persons belonging to the town/city/municipal/district council or committee. A right to vote is always decisive here. For towns/cities, there is also the option of adding members of district parliaments/local councillors, etc. and actively including them in the local CITY CYCLING campaign.
In case of doubt, please contact your local coordinator directly (details of the local contact(s) can be found on the subpages of the participating municipalities).
With your participation, you show those responsible for cycling in your municipality how important climate protection and cycling promotion are to you. The larger the number of cyclists who participate in CITY CYCLING, the clearer – and louder – this signal will be! The (political) decision-makers will be made (more) aware how many cyclists there are and how many journeys are already being completed by bike in the municipality so that these road users must also be afforded more space. What’s more, only those who have signed up for CITY CYCLING are able to use the RADar! reporting platform.
Every kilometre travelled by bike is almost inevitably a contribution to climate protection, too! Hence every kilometre cycled and every cyclist counts. CITY CYCLING is not intended as a competition among individuals but rather a communal undertaking in which as many people as can and wish are able to participate. Perhaps you cycle so little because you are unhappy with the conditions for cyclists: your participation will help make the call for more cycling promotion louder! What’s more, only only those who have signed up for CITY CYCLING are able to use the RADar! reporting platform to actively help improve cycle routes!
Particularly short journeys covered by car harbour considerable savings potential. In the first few kilometres, a cold engine needs up to 30 litres per 100 kilometres and the wear on the engine is particularly high. By covering shorter distances by bike, you will not only increase the life of your car but also save money and help avoid even more climate-damaging CO2 being released into the atmosphere!
Beside promoting cycling and facilitating a long-term improvement in the cycling infrastructure (e.g. through the RADar! reporting platform), the CITY CYCLING campaign aims to help protect the climate – this is also one of the overall aims of Climate Alliance. We strive to communicate and raise awareness using the simplest, most comprehensible messages possible. Every journey covered by bike is essentially environmental and climate protection as a matter of course. And this is what makes it so great!
We always consciously speak of CO2 avoidance and not savings, as we know that not every journey covered by bike actually saved/replaced a journey by car. Strictly speaking, people who do not own a car cannot save CO2 – the fact that their behaviour still has a positive impact on the environment should be undisputed, which we also wish to take into account and acknowledge.
The campaign does not make any scientific claim. By indicating the CO2 avoided (based on 142 g of CO2 saved per kilometre cycled, according to the German Federal Environment Agency) we merely wish to illustrate the positive effects cycling can have on our mobility behaviour – and how much greater these effects can be if more people choose to regularly switch to using their bicycle, naturally also beyond the CITY CYCLING campaign period!
Pedelecs (250 W average engine power, support regulated at 25 km/h) are permitted in the CITY CYCLING campaign as they are considered bicycles within the scope of the German Highway Code (Straßenverkehrs-Ordnung, StVO). Studies moreover show that pedelecs are also climate-friendly vehicles in terms of the battery production: with less than 6 g of CO2 per kilometre, they emit around 20 times less CO2 than an economical car with a combustion engine.
Pedelecs also deserve support, as they significantly increase a bike’s radius of use and can make cycling accessible to a great many new cyclists. A great deal of potential exists to reduce the number of journeys completed by car.
And last but not least: due to their high average speed, pedelec cyclists are also – and perhaps even more – reliant on good cycling infrastructure, which is why they may and should also use the RADar! reporting platform!
Yes! We are delighted to report that the CITY CYCLING campaign has become so well established that Climate Alliance will continue to run the campaign indefinitely.
As in every year, municipalities will be able to register from next spring, after which time it will also be possible for teams and individual cyclists to sign up.