UNOG joins in with Geneva's Bike to Work week

Tue, 14/07/15

This year, the annual Geneva “Bike to work” initiative, launched by PRO VELO Switzerland to promote cycling, was spread out over two months, May and June.

The popularity of the event continued to grow with 1,665 companies registering in 2015 (compared to 1,600 in 2014) for a total of 52,500 participants (compared to 50,000 in 2014) who traveled a total of 7.2 million kilometers to and from their workplace by bike. Had a car travelled that distance, it would have produced over 1,087 tons of CO2.

The United Nations Office at Geneva is an active particiapnt in the initiatve and had the highest ever level of participation with 72 teams registered (compared to 64 in 2014) for a total of 278 participants (240 in 2014).

Cylists from the United Nations Office at Geneva traveled a total of 79,166 km over two months. This distance is the same as going around the earth - twice. Also worth applauding is the distance travelled by individual teams with several cycling over 2,000 kilometers and one team cycling a total of 6,588 kilometers.

“Bike to Work" in 2015 started in the rain and a temperature of 15° and ended in a heat wave with temperatures up to 35°. The traditional breakfast, which closed the event, was attended by participants with a beautiful sunshine, a pleasant temperature of 26° and still in a festive atmosphere.

One participant, who preferred not to be named, said "My team and myself have really enjoyed doing the bike to work challenge" whilst another said that the traditional breakfast "was a super start to the day!".

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