In 2017, CITY CYCLING is taking place for the tenth time – and, from now on, municipalities worldwide are invited to also join the campaign. CITY CYCLING has been developed by Climate Alliance, which is the largest network of cities, communities and districts committed to protecting the world’s climate with over 1,700 members in 26 European countries. Between 1 May and 30 September, local politicians and citizens cover as many kilometres as possible by bike during a three-week period to help protect the climate and promote cycling in their local area. The most active local parliaments and municipalities are sought, along with the best teams and cyclists within the municipalities themselves.
One key development came in 2014 with introduction of the RADar! reporting tool, which participating municipalities are able to use at no additional cost as part of their local CITY CYCLING campaign. Cyclists can use RADar! to inform their local authorities of any issues or dangerous places in the cycling infrastructure quickly and easily via the CITY CYCLING app or on the website. Participating municipalities can use this tool as a complement to their existing road checks and at the same time provide an excellent opportunity for citizen participation. Allowing municipalities and their cyclists to work together to improve the cycling infrastructure!
Around half of the participating municipalities offered RADar! to their cyclists during the 2016 CITY CYCLING campaign!
Municipalities are now able to offer the RADar! reporting platform to their cyclists outside of the CITY CYCLING campaign period or even entirely independently of the campaign – during the summer, for example, or even all year round.