Less polluting than cars, faster than walking, and above all better for health: theoretically, cycling has many advantages for everyday journeys. Particularly for getting to work in town, cycling is certainly the quickest means of transport. Cycling past stationary cars and through traffic jams not only saves time - using a bike also has a positive impact on both personal health and the environment. And yet cycling is not the most popular mode of transport.
Cycling to work is worth it
In the Grand Duchy, the car is by far the most widely used means of transport for workers, well ahead of public transport and even further ahead of the bike. So, with the aim of promoting non-motorised transport, the 'Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff' awareness campaign is encouraging workers to use their bikes to get to work.
The initiative, launched by the Verkéiersverbond, is aimed more particularly at professionals and schoolchildren, encouraging them to use their bikes at least 15 times between 15 May and 31 July.
To take part in the campaign, you just need to get together a team of 2 to 4 people and sign up online on the organiser's website. It doesn't matter what type of bike you've got to get you to work, as long as you have to use the pedals: trekking bike, racing bike, electrically-assisted bike, etc. At the end of the campaign, teams will work out how many kilometres they have cycled. The tonnes of CO2 saved will be added up, and the best teams will have a chance to win a prize.
The outcome of the 2016 edition was very encouraging. A total of 504,561 kms were cycled, saving the environment from 112 tonnes of CO2 . Since the first edition in 2008, about 10,000 workaday cyclists have taken part in the campaigns.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)