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!
The CITY CYCLING campaign takes place every year between 1 May and 30 September. In the municipalities, the campaign runs on 21 consecutive days to advocate climate protection and promote cycling. The participating municipalities are free to decide on the exact campaign dates.
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, every participant must keep a record of the kilometres they have cycled and enter these in the online cycling log. In order to do so, participants must sign up (once!) on the CITY CYCLING website. This involves entering a name and email address. Once they have signed up, participants can simply log in – similar to how they would log into 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 sign up again. 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 log for just one single person can be considered for the prizes.
Cyclists with a smartphone
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 encourage one another, for example.
Cyclists without internet access
During the campaign period, participants without internet access are able to log the kilometres they have cycled in a log form (available in the resources section; currently only available in German) and to then forward this form to the local coordinator of the participating municipality or team captain.
The team captain can then enter the kilometres on their behalf or forward them to the local coordinator (also every week).
The deadline for logging kilometres is seven days after the CITY CYCLING campaign has ended in the municipality. Please note that no entries or changes are possible after this time!
Every CYCLE STAR participating in CITY CYCLING should use their bicycle for private and professional purposes as often as possible during the campaign period. 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 will receive a top-of-the-range cycle computer courtesy of Paul Lange & Co. worth €20 for precise recording of the kilometres cycled. Provided all the requirements are met, they will also be presented with a waterproof bicycle bag featuring the CITY CYCLING logo worth €70 from Ortlieb at the end of the local CITY CYCLING campaign period.
In addition, at the end of the campaign season, 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 (subject to availability).
Exception: CYCLE STARS who previously participated in the campaign will not receive an additional bicycle bag, however they will be entered in the draw for cycling-related prizes along with all of the other CYCLE STARS!
(Please note that the following rules only apply for CYCLE STARS!)
NEW in 2017: The local coordinator must inform Climate Alliance of the CYCLE STARS due to participate in their municipality at least ten calendar days before the start of the local campaign to ensure that any bicycle computers and car covers requested will arrive on time. Registration is exclusively possible via the local coordinator’s CITY CYCLING user account up until the start date for the local campaign. Please note, however, that in the event of registration less than ten days before the start of the local campaign, Climate Alliance unfortunately cannot guarantee that the delivery will arrive in time.
The climate, the environment and each and every one of us! Every kilometre covered by bike rather than by car allows us to avoid 142 g 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 participants’ own risk.
There shall be no recourse to legal action.
The CITY CYCLING team at Climate Alliance 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.