Greening the Blue, two wheels at a time

Tue, 30/07/13

A record number of UN staff in Geneva signed up this year for the 2013 edition of "Bike to Work". The Swiss initiative, launched in 2006 to promote cycling in the corporate world, was particularly successful this year: 1,602 companies, including the Office of the United Nations at Geneva (UNOG), registered more than 50,000 participants, who traveled a total of 7.2 million kilometers to and from their workplace by bike, the equivalent of 10 round-trips to the moon or 171 times the circumference of the earth!

Had a car travelled that distance, it would have produced over 1,087 tons of CO2. Braving a particularly cold and rainy month of June, including Thursday 20 June when a violent hailstorm brought down roofs and trees, 61 teams registered at the UN, for a total of 229 participants who traveled 40,650 km.
At UNOG, many decided to participate this year to pay homage to the former Chief of Central Support Services, Caroline Lepeu, who recently passed away after a long illness. An avid sportswoman and staunch supporter of initiatives aimed at saving energy and promoting sustainable development, Caroline had convinced many of her friends and colleagues to join “Bike to Work”. We hope that the next edition in June 2014 will see even more staff members coming to the Palais on two rather than four wheels.

This story first appeared on i-seek on 24 July 2013

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