The bike boom continues – record year for bike to work: 80,000 participants pedal 22 million kilometres!
Bern, 7 July 2022. The 16th edition of the bike to work Challenge beats all previ-ous bike campaigns with a 30% increase on last year’s achievements: more par-ticipants, more teams, more companies and more kilometres. In May and June as many as 80,556 participants from 2,829 companies covered 22,184,698 kilometres biking to and from work. Even the firm Google Switzerland joined in and pro-moted eco-friendly commuting by bike.
This result delights Mai Poffet, Project Manager of bike to work: ‘‘For many employ-ees, taking part in bike to work is a refreshing change from their daily routine and reenergises the team. This year’s success is due to a number of factors, of which the most significant is the ‘post-Corona feeling‘. Staff return to the office, compa-nies want to strengthen the teams and offer something to their employees. So many firms use the campaign to encourage team spirit and the optimistic mood’’.
Companies have also recognised the value of the bike and are actively promoting it. Patrick Warnking, Country Director Google Switzerland: ‘‘For Google Switzerland the bike and public transport are the preferred means of getting around. It’s important for us that our staff are able to travel quickly and safely both to their office and between our different work locations. We actively encourage cycling, and here in Zurich we offer our staff over 1500 modern bike parking spaces. We also welcome the expansion of the bike network and infrastructure that are essential for sustaina-ble micromobility. And we are investing in innovation on bike information and routes in Google Maps’’.
In the bike to work Challenge 2022, 28% of the participants joined in with an e-bike, as against 19% in 2019. The e-bike is becoming increasingly attractive for commut-ers, and replaces inefficient and polluting car journeys.
Mai Poffet, Project Management bike to work, 079 385 73 04
Claudia Bucher, Communications Manager Pro Velo Switzerland, 031 310 54 15