Stadtradeln – 26 Times around the Equator

The equatorial circle has a length of 40,075,017 kilometers.A total of 4,460 cyclists from Dresden are running this route from 17 June to 7 July around 26 times.This corresponds to a distance of 1,044,142 kilometers.More importantly, the associated carbon dioxide savings of 150,356.5 kilograms.What is it about?To the German-wide competition STADTRADELN.

Launched in 2008 by the European network Climate Alliance , it has been implemented annually.Citizens should be allowed to leave the car within three weeks – from 1 May to 30 September freely – and leave as many kilometers as possible by bicycle.The concern:climate protection and bicycle promotion in Germany’s cities, municipalities and counties/regions.

As an ENSO team we were with 60 colleagues. Together, we scrubbed 13,236.3 kilometers, avoiding 1,906 kg of carbon dioxide. This can be seen.

Young and old at the start

Like many of my colleagues, I go to work every day with my bike.In my spare time I am passionate mountainbiker.Of course I was at the STADTRADELN.Anyway, everyone could.Whether young or old, commuters or recreational cyclists.After registering on the STADTRADEL portal, my colleagues and I have entered the kilometers traveled in the online cycling calendar.Everything was counted.The way of work, the end of the evening or the weekend or the journey to the next shopping market.

It was only important that the municipality, where the participants live, participated.Dresden did this, and that was more than successful.As in the past two years, the Dresdeners stomped their city to the most radically active commune in Germany.With 1,044,142 kilometers, the million mark was broken for the first time in 2013, and Munich and Leipzig were once again placed in second and third place.In this year, 56,928 cyclists returned a total of 8,911,619 km by bike, avoiding 1,283.27 tonnes of CO2. And the action continues until September 30th!

By the way:the CO2 calculation assumes that 144 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled are avoided.

Low noise and no pollutants

In Germany, more and more people are moving to the wheel as an ideal means of transport for the city.I can only support this trend.Fast, relaxed and without parking problems I reach almost every destination.Besides, I spare my money bag and keep fit.But the most important thing is that cycling does not make any noise and does not pollute the environment.

The plan to attract citizens to switch to the bicycle seems to be going on.And also local politicians – local decision-makers in the field of cycling – or persons of public life like (upper) mayors, athletes or priests leave their car standing.They saddle and “learn on their own”what it means to be on the road in the commune.In Dresden, members from the individual factions of the city council – for example, the Bündnis90/Die Grünen, CDU, Die Linke – were also present and have kicked the pedals.

Topics such as cycling and bicycle traffic planning will find their way into the municipal parliaments.Measures to improve the traffic situation for cyclists are the goal.Inge Niedek – Moderator of the ZDF-Wetter, Christiana Figueres – secretary general of the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Thorsten Schröder – moderator and Tagesschau spokesman of the ARD – receives the STADTRADELN prominent support.

Growing enthusiasm for wireles

According to the German Bicycle Monitor 2011, 41 per cent of Germans ride a bicycle several times per week.A large part of it uses it for the way to work or training place, tendency increases.It is therefore time to make the cities even more bicycle-friendly, to minimize accident risks and to boost the enthusiasm for young and old alike.

And next year it will be called again: STADTRADELN for climate protection, for cities with more bicycles and for their own health.Spur enough to be there again.Until then I will not pause, but will continue to pedal strongly.And you? Tell us through GROWTHEOLOGY.