Hamburg gearing up for "City Cycling 2020"
Around 1,400 municipalities have entered this year’s “City Cycling" (Stadtradeln) contest which will take to roads across Hamburg from September 3-23. Contestants aim to clock up the most (bicycle) kilometres per city, municipality, village and district. Registrations are still being accepted. Last year, more than 6,700 residents of Hamburg covered a distance of 1.26 million kilometres during City Cycling, which is part of the Climate Alliance campaign.
Making the mobility transition tangible
"City Cycling involves exercise and actively contributing to climate protection. All rides can be tracked on an app or analogously to clock up three weeks of kilometres for your team and thus for Hamburg," said Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture. Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Transition, added: "This makes the mobility transition a very real experience. Last year, people in Hamburg covered twice as many kilometres as in 2018. We are pushing ahead with the expansion of the cycling infrastructure as never before to encourage more people to cycle." In 2019, more than 6,700 residents of Hamburg formed 472 teams and cycled a total of 1.258 million kilometres.
Every kilometre counts
Anyone who lives or works in Hamburg, attends a school or university, or is a member of an association can take part. Join an existing team online or start your own. Every kilometre cycled, whether to work, shopping or school - except for bicycle races - is counted. City Cycling (Stadtradeln) is being organised by the Hamburg branch of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) association on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Climate and Agriculture.
Expanding bike infrastructure – latest projects:
- Expanding the cycle route network to 14 veloroutes and from 155 km in length to 280 km.
- Expanding inner-city sections of veloroutes on Thadenstraße (Veloroute 1), Rothenbaumchaussee (Veloroute 3), Ballindamm, Mundsburger Damm (Velorouten 5 and 6), Steindamm (Veloroute 7) in 2020.
- Building/refurbishing 60 bis 80 km of bicycle facilities and 100 km per annum in the long term.
- Creating pop-up bike routes in autumn. The aim is to retain existing bike lanes until the start of construction.
- Expanding the Stadtrad public bike lending system from 249 stations, over 3,100 bicycles and more than 20 cargo bikes. Around150 stations are to be set up by 2022 to cover the entire city.
- Seven more Bike+Ride stations with a total of 1,000 spaces will be completed in Joachim-Mähl-Strasse, Oldenfelde, Wandsbek-Gartenstadt, Volksdorf, Neugraben this year. The B+R service at the Kellinghusenstrasse underground station will be expanded by 1,000 parking spaces from around 23,100 at present.
City Cycling - cycling for climate protection
City Cycling is an international campaign run by the Climate Alliance, which is the largest network of cities, municipalities and districts striving for global climate protection. It has around 1,700 members in 26 European countries. Hamburg joined in 1992. Cities, districts, regions and municipalities, teams and individuals compete for the most kilometres cycled over a three-week period between May 1 and 30 September every year, but which has been extended to October 31 this year due to the corona pandemic. The status of all registered municipalities in Germany, Luxembourg and one municipality in Alsace can be found on https://www.stadtradeln.de/ergebnisse.