Press release of 5 November 2020
48'635 commuters covered over 11 million kilometres on their bikes
Due to the exceptional situation in the spring Pro Velo Switzerland postponed the popular bike to work campaign from May & June to September & October. Despite the uncertain and adverse circumstances the campaign was a great success: 48'635 participants from throughout Switzerland covered over 11.5 million kilometres biking to work.
The postponement of the popular campaign to the autumn months of September and October was due to the effects of Covid-19. This was the decision of the organisers, Pro Velo Switzerland Association, because of the exceptional situation at that time.
Despite great uncertainty and the postponement to September and October with their unpredictable weather conditions, the number of participating companies was gratifying. A total of 48'635 participants from 1851 companies covered 11'527'842 kilometres pedalling their way to and from work. The CO2 equivalent amounts to 1660 tons, calculated on the basis of 0.144g CO2/km. This corresponds to the annual absorption capacity of a forest with 132'000 trees.
As many staff were working wholly or partly from home the conditions for participation were adapted accordingly. This time participants could also count bike rides on home office days for the Challenge. 15% of participants made use of this possibility on a regular basis.
Success throughout Switzerland
The Migros Group recorded the highest number of participants with 1048 commuters, followed by the ETH with 846 and the Zurich City Administration with 784 bike commuters. In fourth place was the Insel Group with 636 cyclists, and fifth came CERN with 558 participants.
bike to work companies donate 14,000 trees
In registering for the 2020 Challenge companies had the choice of receiving a thank-you gift or donating the amount for planting trees. Over 1270 companies opted to donate.
bike to work supports the companies‘ donations and rounds up the amount to the nearest thousand francs, leading to the planting of a total of 14'000 trees. The tree-planting campaign is run in cooperation with the non-profit organisation One Tree Planted.
Outlook for 2021
In 2021 the campaign will again take place in spring in the months of May & June. Registrations for the campaign are accepted from mid-January via biketowork.ch.
Claudia Bucher, Head of Corporate Communications, 031 318 54 15
Adrian Freiburghaus, Project Manager bike to work, 031 318 54 23