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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015
About one fifth of Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions which are harmful to the climate result from traffic: 161 m tons of CO2, of which 149 m are emitted from road traffic. One fourth of the traffic emissions result from inner city traffic only. 7.5 m tons of CO2 could be avoided if only 30% of short distances of up to 6 km in the inner cities would be carried out by bike instead of using a car. To encourage citizens to use their bicycles more often, communities have to lay the foundations by designing a bike-friendly environment and providing bike paths. As communities often lack resources in terms of time and money, ready-made campaigns which can be implemented in a simple and cost-effective way are of a high importance in order to sensitize citizens and politicians. One of these campaigns is ‘STADTRADELN’ which can be translated as ‘biking in the city’. It 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.
About one fifth of Germany’s carbon dioxide emissions which are harmful to the climate result from traffic: 161 m tons of CO2, of which 149 m are emitted from road traffic. One fourth of the traffic emissions result from inner city traffic only. 7.5 m tons of CO2 could be avoided if only 30% of short distances of up to 6 km in the inner cities would be carried out by bike instead of using a car. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Germany started the campaign 'biking in the city' which is a competition that encourages citizens and parliamentarians to form teams and collect as many bike kilometers as possible during three weeks in order to raise awareness for climate protection. Congratulations to this great initiative!