Cycling towards the green transition

These days Denmark is colored yellow, as the world’s biggest bike race starts in Copenhagen – the Grand Départ. Also, the Bicycle Summit 2022 is getting held in Copenhagen setting focus on everyday cycling culture as a green, healthy, and socially inclusive mode of transportation all over the World.

Cycling is relevant for several key political agendas like public health, the environment and the green transition.

There is great potential to increase cycling and thereby contribute to solving some of society’s central challenges.

This was on the agenda when among others executive Vice President for the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, and the Danish minister of Transport and gender Equality, Trine Bramsen, met to discuss these issues at the summit.

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Increased cycling amongst workers

Some Danish companies have already increased cycling among their workers in different ways. One of these is Aarstiderne which deliver organic meal boxes to private customers as well as fruit to companies. 

Aarstiderne already had a green profile, but the transportation was still based on fossil fuels. So, in order to be an even bigger part of the green transition, Aarstiderne, in collaboration with the bicycle delivery company Chainge, now delivers company fruit to their Copenhagen customers on cargo bikes.

In the first 6 months, the bikes have delivered company fruit more than 5000 times, which would otherwise have been delivered by car.

Cycling to work part of green transition

Another company, Gubra, has integrated bicycles in a different way. Here cycling to work is part of the green transition. Gubra leases electric bicycles and makes them available to the employees. 11 out of Gubra’s 155 employees are using theses electrical bicycles to get to work.

Together, they cycle 2,200 kilometers every week and emit approximately 1,100 kilos of CO2 less per month than if they drive a newer car to work. There is a widespread satisfaction with the leasing scheme among the employees. Many appreciate the opportunity to lease the bike rather than buy it.

Denmark hosting the Grand Départ is an opportunity to sharpen the political focus on everyday cycling culture as a green, healthy, and socially inclusive mode of transportation across regions and sectors, not only in Denmark but all over the World.

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