Nearly 1,000 employees from several companies cycled during May 18 to June 28 within Bike2Work campaign conducted by the
in Romania. Bike2Work is an EU co-funded project lead by the European Cyclists' Federation.
During the six weeks long campaign period participants recorded impressive 84,634 cycled kms using the I'Velo mobile application (available on the iOS App Store and on Google Play for Android) and totaled over 7058 hours spent on the bike.
The average, the participants cycled at least 14,9 minutes every day. The average speed pedaled was 11,99 kms per hour and the average distance traveled was 6,68 km.
25 companies across the country joined the Bike2Work -campaign and encouraged their employees to use bicycles as a means of alternative transportation. Among the cpmpanies are: Raiffeisen Bank, Ericsson, Oracle, Orange, Telekon, Stefanini, INSOFT, Mail Romanian, KFC etc.
The Green Revolution Association joined this project with other organizations from 11 European countries (Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, the UK, France, Croatia, Malta and Bulgaria).
The main purpose of the project is to encourage employees to adopt cycling as an alternative to driving a car to work. The campaign aims also to attract employers to implement cycling friendly company policies through the "Cycle Friendly Employer" -certification that they can get through joining the campaign.
"We are pleased to announce that in six weeks, we managed to convince nearly 1,000 employees in Bucharest and in other parts of the country to use the bike for daily transportation. Bike2Work campaign gave us useful information about the reasons why cycling is beneficial to the health of a city and how the bike is used as an alternative transport in Bucharest and in the country.. The project continues, even if the competition is over and we rely on the involvement of all to ensure the continuity of the campaign. Thank you all for your support and I encourage you to keep pedaling," said Raluca Fiser, President of the Green Revolution Association.
The campaign award ceremony is held on Thursday July 9 Roaba de cultura – Herastrau Park, at 6pm. The winners receive their awards and the final campaign data is presented at the ceremony.
Cyclists who want to support the campaign can register on the campaign site www.bike2work.ro
. Participants can also download the I'Velo application to register their cycled kilometers.
The Bike2Work Romania will take place again next year. Campaign premieres and further details can be found here