More than 1.6 million kilometres were cycled by teams taking part in the European Cycling Challenge, with the top three cities of Warsaw, Lodz and Rome accounting for more than a third of the total.
Teams from 32 cities across Europe took part in the Challenge, which runs throughout May every year and encourages teams of cyclists to see how many kilometres of journeys made by any motorised transport can be replaced through cycling.
Participating cities in 2014 were located in Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Italy had the largest number of teams with seven participating cities. The campaign demonstrates the international enthusiasm for cycling present even outside of countries traditionally linked to cycling.
The European Cycling Challenge is an initiative run by the city of Bologna (Italy) which first began in May 2012. The campaign has gone from strength to strength - in 2014 more than 9 000 cyclists participated, compared to just over 3 000 in 2013. Additionally, the total distance increased fivefold from 313 000 kilometres in 2013 to 1.6 million kilometres this year.
Urban cyclists Warsaw pedal about 300.000 km and win 2014 edition of the European Cycling Challenge!!
Podium was occupied from the first day of the challenge: Rome has tried to reach Lodz, while Warsaw runned away! Fourth place for Bologna, initially occupied by Kaunas that closes in tenth position. Gdynia and Umea rode until the last second, at the end of the challenge the fifth position is polach. Great job in Padova and Lille Métropole; Gavleborg is ninth. Best performance for Uppsala that gained more rankings!
We can be satisfied with the third edition of the challenge between urban cyclists! All 31 european cities have already won while have committed themselves to encourage cycling trasport, a commitment that we hope don’t stop with the end of the May!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING CITIES!!
WE ARE WAITING FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF THE EUROPEAN CYCLING CHALLENGE! MEANWHILE..CONTINUE TO PEDAL!!