New Danish cycling platform aims to inspire cities across the world

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By State of Green, June 24, 2019

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Cycling Embassy of Denmark (CED) proudly announce the launch of a new online cycling knowledge-sharing platform.

Cities all over the world are facing challenges related to the effects of decades of car-oriented city planning: congestion, air pollution, noise, physical inactivity, CO2 emissions and crowded and unattractive public spaces. Cycling is a key component in meeting these challenges.

As one of the world’s leading cycling nations, Denmark boasts a wealth of knowledge, experience and best practice on all things related to promoting cycling.  The goal of this new digital platform is sharing that knowledge with the world.

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Visit the new platform “Cycling – Danish Solutions”

Learning from leaders

UCI Advocacy and Mass Participation Events Manager, Isabella Burczak commented:

“To advance cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of mobility, sport and leisure activity, we believe it is important to learn from leaders across the globe. There is no doubt Denmark is a true cycling nation, with many cycling lessons to share with others, including using large scale cycling events to create a source of inspiration for younger generations. We are proud to partner with the Cycling Embassy of Denmark in launching this new tool, and are sure it will be a key educational asset for other nations looking to develop cycling in all forms.”

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport, and also just for fun.

“Cities can become places for people again”

The Cycling Embassy of Denmark added:

”I’m thrilled to be part of sharing our comprehensive best practice knowledge, presented by Danish experts. Danish cities have realised a long time ago that the bicycle can solve congestion and improve public health as well as environmental and climate problems, while contributing to more liveable cities. It’s time to get this valuable knowledge out into the public space so that cities worldwide can become places for people again,” said Klaus Bondam, CEO of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation.

“Danish know-how is in great demand all over the world right now and the Cycling Embassy of Denmark is very happy to be able to share this knowledge with everybody who wants to make cycling available and part of the urban mobility mix for all, and thereby solve many of the challenges cities are facing right now. It’s not a “copy-paste”, but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel in every city. We have 100 years of experience and are happy to share our best practice and experiences,” said Marianne Weinreich, Chairman of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark and Market Manager, Ramboll.

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 The Cycling Embassy of Denmark (CED) is a comprehensive network of cycling professionals from private companies, local authorities and non-governmental organizations working together to promote cycling and communicate cycling solutions and know-how. The CED was established in 2009.

The aim of the Cycling Embassy is to encourage cycling both in Denmark and the rest of the world, and the association’s members work together to develop and market Denmark as a cycling country. This is done by knowledge sharing, communications, and development of the country’s cycling culture and cycling solutions in a unique cooperative network of private enterprises, local authorities and other organisations.

The Cycling Embassy of Denmark thus works to share this knowledge and know-how about bicycle traffic with the communities and cities around the world working to promote cycling as a transport mode.

100 articles – and counting

The platform launches with an initial collection of roughly 100 articles, presented under 22 different themes. All articles were written by Danish cycling experts and experts from the UCI. The website covers a wide variety of topics ranging from cost-benefit analysis of bicycle traffic to children’s cycling, ITS solutions for cyclists, bicycle parking facilities, bicycle tourism, as well as planning and implementation of safe cycling infrastructures.

As a living platform, it will continue to be updated with new examples of best practice. All the articles are targeted towards municipal city and traffic planners, consultants, architects, NGOs, National Federations, politicians and other policy makers; in other words, any individuals or organisations who are working in the field of cycling promotion.

Why Denmark?

Denmark boasts over 100 years of experience in bicycle planning, and a world leading share of cyclists. In the country’s capital city, Copenhagen, just under half of all trips to work and school are made by bicycle, and cycling enjoys a 50/50 gender split. In 2008, the city was awarded the first UCI Bike City label by the UCI, recognising the city’s achievements in promoting everyday cycling alongside hosting major cycling events.

While levels of cycling are higher in larger cities, Denmark’s rural areas are also bike friendly. The region of Funen was awarded UCI Bike Region status in 2017, in particular for its comprehensive Bike Island 2020 strategy.

Visit the new platform “Cycling – Danish Solutions”

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UCI and CED press release

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