National Energy Globe Award Germany
Campaign CITY CYCLING (STADTRADELN) awarded
With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources.
The campaign STADTRADELN which can be translated as 'biking in the city' has been taking place since 2008 and encourages the use of bicycles as well as climate protection. Members of the local parliaments and citizens form teams to collect as many bike kilometers as possible during three weeks (any time between May and September). All of these kilometers are collected in an online bike calendar which is an internet based data base in order to enable the local comparison of teams and the national comparison of communities. The campaign is designed as a competition looking for the most bike active community parliaments, communities and teams.
In 2008, 1,800 participants (out of which 264 parliamentarians) from 23 communities participated and cycled app. 341,000 km which equivalents a saving of 68 tons of CO2. This number was enhanced to 86,000 participants (out of which 2,000 parliamentarians) from almost 300 communities in 2014 - together they cycled more than 16,300,000 km and saved more than 2,360 tons of CO2. Through this initiative, citizens and parliamentarians are not only sensitized for the importance of climate protection and using the bicycle more often, but also decision makers see for themselves what it is like to cycle through their own community - which can help them make better decisions in terms of bike infrastructure.
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