Residents of Hamburg have cycled around 1.259 million kilometres during their leisure or commute as part of the “Stadradeln” project held between August 30 and September 19, 2019. The results are nearly double the 630,000 kilometres cycled in 2018. Hamburg now ranks seventh out of the ten most successful Stadtradel-regions and for the second time.
Number of activists doubled
“We really didn’t expect this result. The million kilometre target was very demanding, but nobody expected us to almost double last year’s result,” said Jens Kerstan Senator for the Environment. The number of participants in 2019 had doubled to 6,500 in 719 teams over 2018. The best team Airbus Cycle to Work cycled over 45, 000 kilometres and thus more kilometres than the circumference of the Earth at the equator. The best single cyclist managed almost 1,800 kilometres which is longer than the distance from Hamburg to Rome.
Cycling for cleaner air, fewer cars and improved climate
“Hamburg will definitely take part in ‘Stadtradeln’ next year and will continue to improve,” said Kerstan. During the campaign, companies across the city and their employees were urged to leave their cars at home and to hop on their bikes as part of the City Cycling international campaign organised by the Climate Alliance for Improved Air and the Allgemeinen Deutschen Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment and Energy.