GermanBike2Work campaign "Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” goes into the 15th round
Big summeraction of ADFC and AOK makes employees fit!
Berlin, May13, 2015
The nationwide, interactive Bike2Work campaign called "Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” organised by AOK and ADFC goes into the 15th round. Participants who commute to work by bike at least 20 times between June and August can win folding bikes, city trips and bicycle accessories.
"To clear your mind - that's the main reason for the participants to cycle to work. This effect is confirmed by studies. We want to convince more people that cycling is an excellent way to balance all the tension cause by the long seating phases in the office", says ADFC Federal Executive Ludger Koopmann.
Jürgen Graalmann, CEO of AOK Federal Association: "It is not always easy to be physically active after a stressful day at work. But those who already in the morning get on their bikes and cycle to work can put their feet up at night with a clear conscience. "
Cyclists aremore motivated and less sick
Regular, moderate cycling can reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease by about 50 percent. The 30 minutes of daily exercise recommended by the World Health Organization could be achieved on the way to work by many people if they cycle. According to a Dutch study, employees who cycle to work have on average one less sick day per year.
Going to work by car has a negative effect on well-being whereas cyclists and pedestrians come to the office more relaxed, reveals a recent British study of 18,000 commuters. So bicycle friendly employers benefit from a healthier and more motivated staff. ADFC has put together an online dossier about the health benefits of cycling.
15 years "Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit"
The Bike2Work campaign "Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit" started in 2001 with 828 participants in the Bavarian town of Günzburg. The kick-off event in the anniversary year is therefore also held in Bavaria. It is organized on May 20 at the Broadcasting House of Bavarian Radio (Bayerischer Rundfunk) in Munich. Since 2001, more than 1.4 million people have taken part in the campaign duringthe summer months. In 2014 there were more than 170,000 participants cycling together more than 21 million kilometers!
All details about the camapign and the registration forms can befound on the campaign website.