Denmark is biking to work

About 110,000 Danes from all over the country participates in the month of May in the “Bike to Work” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage more people to use their bike for commuting and everyday transportation, and thereby improve their physical and mental health, and reduce the damage to the environment.

Rules of the campaign
In order to participate in “Bike to work” the bike must be used as part of the transportation to and from work. It’s legitimate to combine the bike together with public transportation and (even) car, as long as the bike is used in the transportation, either one way or partly. Participants are enrolled as a team – usually as a team of colleagues from the same company – with 4-16 people on each team. The more days the team members ride their bikes to work, the better chances are in the nationwide competition. This year, the prize is a trip around the world for all participants on the winning team, or one of the many prizes donated by different sponsors.

History
The campaign started as a pilot project in 1997, but turned nationwide the year after in 1998. The number of participants has between 2000 and 2009 been around 80,000 to 110,000 cyclists. The campaign runs a whole month, and is the biggest exercise campaign in Denmark regarding most participants spread out over most days. In 2009, 110,000 participants cycled around 11,000,000 km during the campaign.

You can read more on the Danish website www.vcta.dk

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