Hamburg is participating in the international City Cycling Campaign for the first time this year. The campaign, set up by the Climate Alliance, will be running in the city between May 28 and June 17. The aim is for drivers to leave their cars at home and use their bicycles for their everyday trips, exclusively if possible. City Cycling is a central component of the Move Hamburg initiative, which aims to motivate as many companies and their staff as possible to join in. Registration has opened.
Hamburg participating for the first time
Cycling is increasingly popular in Hamburg, not only as a leisure activity, but also to get to work or educational institutions. Not only the people of Hamburg benefit from this, but also companies, as there is clear evidence that their staff are fitter and better motivated as a result. There are also savings in relation to health costs, time lost in traffic jams and parking fees. A positive side effect is a boost to corporate image. Hamburg aims to motivate more residents to make the switch to a climate-friendly and emissions-free mode of transport. For this reason, the international City Cycling Campaign is being introduced to the metropole on the Elbe, with the aim of making a positive contribution to halting global warming and improving air quality.
Easing the load on roads and the environment
“Hamburg is joining City Cycling for the first time. This is a good thing, because every kilometre travelled by bicycle rather than by car eases the load on our roads and the environment. This campaign makes a very definite contribution to cutting polluting emissions and to protecting the climate in our city. I can only encourage everyone to make use of the momentum provided by the spring and to register now for this campaign,” said Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment and Energy.
For three weeks – from May 28 to June 17 – the kilometres cycled by the participants will be counted, and at the end the best teams and most successful cyclists will be decided. The award ceremony is scheduled for the summer of 2018. Teams can register for Hamburg.