Population 120.000 – Bærum is the fifth largest municipality in Norway with a population of 120.000, and has an area of 191 km2 (74 square miles). Bærum is the nearest neighbor to the capital, Oslo, on the western side. Sandvika is the municipal administrative center. At one time Sandvika was known as ’the little white town innermost in the bay’. Today, Sandvika is a thriving trade and cultural center.
Baerum is located close to Oslo fjord with exhilarating islands and small island communities, broad and lush valleys, farmland, undulating terrain, challenging rocky outcrops and dense forests. In other words, a place where one can find tranquility, but also the excitement of urban life – a perfect potential for cycling!
Project ‘Rekreative Ruter’ (Recreational Routes) is a joint Scandinavian initiative which seeks to strengthen walking and cycling based tourism, and increase the degree of development of small businesses across regional – and national borders in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Bærum is a part of the initiative, and have 3 gateways where you can rent a bike and get the map for free.
Rental bikes in Bærum is part of the project ” recreational routes “. Recreational routes also have an iPhone and Android app where one get maps and tour descriptions. Of applications can be downloaded via iTunes and http://scandinaviantrails.com
Through its cycling strategy, Bærum aims at making cycling attractive to everyone. Many people in Bærum commute, either within or towards neighboring municipalities such as Oslo. A goal is to get some of these journeys over from car to bicycle, hoping to increase the proportion of bicycle trips to < 10% by 2020.
Population 380.000 - Capital of the Province and of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is located between the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the heart of the Po Valley. Due to its position between North and South, East and West, the Adriatic coast as well as cities such as Venice, Florence, Milan and Rome can easily be reached from Bologna. City of art, culture and commerce, with a streamlined trade-fair organization and a well-known manufacturing and motor tradition, Bologna is famous for its almost 40 km of arcades, the longest in the world.
Also called “The Learned” for its old University, and “The Fat” for its food tradition, the city is also a “UNESCO creative City of Music” and has one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval historical centres, full of restaurants, taverns, theatres and shops. Home of many famous artists such as Giorgio Morandi, Guido Reni, the Carraccis, Guercino, Aspertini, its charm has also charmed notable people like Mozart, Carducci, Dante, Rossini and Guglielmo Marconi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Population 100.000 – Bolzano is the capital of the province of Bolzano-Bozen, South Tyrol. In the medium-sized Italian city of Bolzano, cycling is common culture. There are 128 km of road and streets, and 48 km of bicycle path and lanes. The percentage of car ownership is equal to 52%, while bicycle owners are the 80% of the population. Around 30 % of the trips in the urban area are carried out on bicycles. However, this figure was not reached overnight, it is much more the result of yearlong policy choices and investments in favour of the bicycle. The generation of an extensive cycle path network was accompanied by intense marketing and communication activities targeted at raising the image of cycling. As a result of this, Bolzano today offers very good conditions for cycling.
Population 428.100 – Bristol is England’s sixth most populous city and has long had a tradition of being a hub of eco ideas, art and entertainment. We are truly dedicated to sustainable living and proud of it too. That’s why the city has been chosen as European Green Capital 2015.
Bristol is also a fair trade city and the UK’s first cycling city. There are over 450 parks and green spaces, proportionately more than any other UK city.
In the summer, one of the many cycling events is Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride where up to 10, 000 riders enjoy a choice of routes ranging from 9 to 38 miles sharing traffic-free routes under Bristol’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and into the beautiful countryside beyond.
Other activities include Bristol Cycle Festival, Mountain Bike trails in Ashton Court park estate and riding along the popular Bristol to Bath Railway Path, which is a 15-mile (24 km) off-road cycleway, part of National Cycle Network and was used for 2.4 million trips in 2007, increasing by 10% per year.
In 2011, data from the Census and Department for Transport showed that 16,211 people cycled to work which is 5% of population, more than double the 8,087 who cycled to work in 2001.
Plus, 9% of the population of Bristol cycled at least five times a week, compared to the 2% national average in England.
Population 120,000 - Bruges is the capital of West-Flanders and one of the great cities of art and culture in Belgium. Although Bruges is a rather small city, it has a rich cultural and historical background, attracting more than 5.3 million visitors every year. The historic city centre of Bruges is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The many monuments, mediaeval façades and steeples are famous all over the world. In 2002, Bruges was the European Capital of Culture.
Although Bruges has a fascinating history, it is far from stuck in the past. Visitors, inhabitants and business people alike enjoy the luxury of a contemporary, green city with all its cultural, tourist and business assets.
Strolling along Bruges’s alleys, picturesque canals, well-preserved mediaeval buildings and verdant ramparts you cannot but fall hopelessly in love with its elegant and charming mysteriousness.
Back in the early Middle Ages, Bruges was one of Europe’s most famous sea ports. Today, the Seaport of Bruges is one of Europe’s most significant ports for container traffic as well as for cruise ships.
Bruges strives for sustainable transport within the city walls, promoting green mobility and cycling in order to reduce environmental pollution and to restrict car traffic in the centre. Sustainable mobility is one of the top priorities. The figures speak for themselves: during rush hour, two thirds of incoming traffic consists of bicycles against one third of cars. Cycling is already in vogue, but there is still much room for improvement. Therefore, a bicycle survey is being conducted in Bruges to find out what need to be done in a next stage.
Population 153.000 – Cagliari è la principale città della Sardegna, con un’area metropolitana di circa mezzo milione di abitanti. Porto di mare e terra di storiche conquiste, presenta un’anima poliedrica e affascinante: dalla storia millenaria alla cultura, dalla natura ancora intatta al turismo balneare, fino alla vita notturna. La città è un sapiente mix in grado di offrire intriganti panorami, alti bastioni e vestigia romane, una lunga tradizione di artigianato e buona cucina, affacciato su quella meraviglia nota in tutto il mondo che è il mare della Sardegna.
Città sospesa tra cielo, terra e acque. Il mare non è la sola forma d’acqua presente a Cagliari. A pochi passi dalla lunga spiaggia si adagiano lagune e oasi naturalistiche uniche in Europa. Nelle vecchie Saline, che al tramonto si colorano di sfumature rosso-porpora, gli eleganti fenicotteri rosa hanno trovato un habitat ideale. La città è incorniciata ad est dal parco naturalistico di Molentargius e ad ovest dallo stagno di Santa Gilla, magico luogo dei primi insediamenti cartaginesi.
Costruita, come Roma, su sette colli che identificano altrettanti quartieri cittadini (Castello, Tuvumannu, Tuvixeddu, Monte Claro, Monte Urpinu, Bonaria, San Michele), aveva il suo nucleo originario nel quartiere Castello, zona dalla quale era possibile sovrastare l’area circostante e da cui ancora oggi si può ammirare un bellissimo panorama che si apre verso il Golfo degli Angeli.
Il polmone verde della città è il tranquillo Orto Botanico che all’ombra dei sui ficus secolari, custodisce antiche cisterne romane e ospita rarissimi esemplari della flora Mediterranea e tropicale. Splendidi panorami possono essere goduti dalla sommità dei colli cittadini: dai Giardini Pubblici e dal Terrapieno, Monte Urpinu, Colle di San Michele e parco di Monte Claro. Interessantissime a livello naturale la passeggiata sopra la Sella del Diavolo che si staglia sulla spiaggia del Poetto, conosciuta anche come spiaggia dei Centomila.
Un po’ di storia. Cagliari custodisce gelosamente la storia e la memoria delle antiche civiltà che qui si sono succedute. Il suo territorio porta tutt’oggi il ricordo di diverse civiltà: la Necropoli di Tuvixeddu, la più grande necropoli fenicio-punica ancora esistente, la Karales Romana dell’ Anfiteatro, la civiltà Bizantina con la Basilica di San Saturnino, quella Pisana con le alte Torri, fino ad arrivare alla Piemontese del Palazzo Regio. Impronte e tracce millenarie si riscoprono tra le strette vie un tempo percorse solo da carri e carrozze. Bastano pochi passi e, tra antichi e nuovi palazzi, d’un tratto si scopre l’emozione di monumenti affascinanti che raccontano la storia della città.
Quella che Cagliari, e la Sardegna in genere, regalano a chi la osserva dal mare è una vista che non si dimentica facilmente. Né quando ci si arriva né quando la si lascia con il cuore stretto, che sia ammirandola dal ponte di una nave o semplicemente da una piccola barchetta.
Population 100.000 – Eskilstuna is beautifully situated at the river of Eskilstuna, about 10 km from the lake Mälaren. The distance from Stockholm is 117 km. In 2009 Eskilstuna celebrated its 350th anniversary. The small town Torshälla is a part of Eskilstuna municipality since 1970th and received its town charter already in the early 1317. The town of Eskilstuna is named after the saint St. Eskil who appeared in Tuna in the 1000′s.
The town has around 100.000 inhabitants and it is growing with approximately 1000 peoples per year. Based on that a large part of the increasing population comes from different part of the world, this contributes to a multicultural town. Eskilstuna is a city with strong industrial traditions. It has its strongest capabilities in manufacturing, mainly linked to the heavy vehicle. Another area that is undergoing rapid expansion is logistics. Mälardalen University is an important knowledge provider and a partner for development. With better infrastructure in recent years more and more people are also commuting to Stockholm and other nearby cities.
Famous people from Eskilstuna are Anni-Frid Lyngstad in the former pop group Abba, the politician and diplomat Alva Myrdal and the pop group Kent.
In 2012 Eskilstuna got an award for the best environmental work among all the Swedish municipalities and we are proud to be well-known for our ambitious work with environmental issues.
Gävleborg County (SE)
Population 276.500 – Gävleborg County is strategically located in the middle of Sweden, and offers great diversity in business, culture, education and living. The population was 276,500 people at the beginning of 2011. Gävleborg have 10 municipalities and Gävle is the largest town.
The nature and the varied landscape, with mountains, sea, lakes, the archipelago, forests and wilderness makes the county totally unique.
Many families choose to move to Gävleborg for the high quality of life, the affordable housing and the beneficial leisure for all ages. In contrast to the ultra-modern housing, there is rural housing including old farmhouses in beautiful settings. They were built about 200 years ago and are still used as homes. The farmers adorned their homes with beautiful wall paintings that often still remain, extremely well preserved.
The county has much to offer children. Popular attractions are the activity centre Mulle Meck in Hudiksvall, the wildlife park Järvzoo in Järvsö, the fairytale forest Trolska skogen in Mellanfjärden, plus the theme park and zoo Furuviksparken, the family bathing centre Fjärran Höjderbadet and the Railway Museum in Gävle.
Worldclass steel and engineering industries and a number of solid companies in forestry and wood and paper manufacturing have formed the backbone of the county’s economy for a long time. The private service sector has expanded in recent years, and is today the fastest growing sector in terms of numbers of employees. The region is also a leader in fibre optics, geographic information systems and radio systems.
Many Swedes today recognise the names Sandvik, Gevalia, Läkerol, Järvsö, Mackmyra, Ockelbo, Brynäs, SAIK and Edsbyn. Not to mention the Christmas Goat …
People associate Gävle with its magnificent straw goat, which also has a history of being burnt down. This was hardly the scenario Stig Gavlén had in mind when he initiated the first “goat-building” in 1966. However, the goat and its red-hot history have put both Gävle and Sweden on the world map. The Christmas Goat has appeared both in films and in the Guinness Book of Records. Despite major efforts by the fire brigade to make the goat increasingly fireproof, mischief-makers have often – but not always – been able to set fire to the goat. Over the years, the towering Christmas Goat that looks out from Slottstorget has become a literally hot legend and an eagerly awaited feature in Gävle in December.
Population 250.000 – Gdynia is a harbour city with almost 250,000 inhabitants, situated in the northern part of Poland on the Baltic Sea, in so called Tri-City metropolitan area with Gdansk and Sopot (in total more than 1.2 million inhabitants). Gdynia is a very crucial centre of naval economy, international trade, science and academic education, culture and tourism. Gdynia’s main strategic aim is to ensure a constant and fully sustainable development of the City, with the use of its natural and human resources, continually increasing the quality of life for the citizens.
The City is proud of its green, efficient, accessible and constantly modernised urban public transport system, which is integrating all parts of the City and the City itself with the entire region. Gdynia’s trolleybuses are among most modern and energy efficient means of collective transport in Europe. Dynamic citizen dialogue for mobility planning and service improvement is also of great importance for the city authorities, which earned Gdynia title of runner-up for CIVITAS AWARD in public participation category in 2013.
Gdynia’s residents are very friendly, open-minded and very proud of living in the City. Unfortunately, 49% of them are also car users and need to be made aware of the overall impact of their negative transport behaviour. This is the reason, why numerous marketing activities are undertaken to promote sustainable transport in the City. Promoting cycling as an everyday mean of transport, development of cycling policy and cycling routes network is also highly prioritized.
Pictures by Maciej Bejm, Joanna Pawlus and Dorota Gajda
Population 198,000 – It’s no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of nearly 200,000 and a bike mode share of over 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.
The Hanseatic city of Groningen is the economic and cultural capital of the northern Netherlands, and north-western Germany. Nearly half of the city’s inhabitants are under 35. It is a dynamic city with many restaurants, cafés, pubs, art galleries, theatres, museums and bookshops serving the needs of its youthful population. Groningen is known as a bustling university city. Students from all over the world come here to study at one of its many institutions and to enjoy student life. Over 50,000 students are enrolled in Groningen. In their spare time students can attend cultural events and festivals and use all kinds of student facilities, including a wide range of low-cost sporting facilities. Groningen encourages research, innovation and entrepreneurship. In march 2014 the city of Groningen almost became Europe’s Innovation Capital. Running up with Barcelona and Grenoble the city got acknowledged for its outstanding innovation climate.
With a population of around 60 000, Inverness is Scotland’s most Northern city, a hub for the Highlands, and is at the heart of the region’s transition to a low carbon economy through the Carbon CLEVER initiative.
The City of Inverness has been recognised as Scotland’s Cycling City. Inverness has one of the highest percentages of journeys travelled to work by cycle in Scotland, and there is a collaborative effort to further improve and encourage cycling across the city. The Highland Council is committed to working with partners to develop and improve facilitates for cyclists and is keen to champion cycling as a clean and efficient mode of transport.
The weather in Inverness may not always ideal for cycling but the iconic natural scenery makes up for this. Inverness hopes to lead the way in achieving the goals set out in the Scottish Cycling Action Plan and in the upcoming months will implement projects to improve cycling in the City, such as an electric bicycle hire scheme, improved and safer routes, and an action plan to improve green transport.
Population 309.200 - Kaunas, located in the confluence of Nemunas and Neris rivers, with nearly 400 thousand inhabitants is one of the most significant cities of Lithuania. It could be described as a city that never accepted its role as the second city in the country. It is not only a city of old traditions, but also a large centre of business and industry. It can also lay claim to be a city of young people with over 35,000 students (the largest number in Lithuania) studying at one of the seven universities here.
Gothic architecture, defensive fortresses, footprints, left by various ethnical groups that used to live there, museums, Kaunas as the capital of the First Lithuanian Republic, rationalism and functionalism in architecture – these are only several of the possible routes for the first acquaintance with Kaunas.
Kaunas was always fated to become an important historical and cultural city in Lithuania. In 1408, Magdeburg rights were granted to the city of Kaunas by the privilege of Vytautas the Great. During the early 20th century, governed by its first Burgomaster Jonas Vileisis, Kaunas was the home of the Lithuanian Government and the capital city; a period considered by many as the golden age of the city. However, history tells us that even before this date, the city, situated at the confluence of the rivers Neris and Nemunas, experienced many other periods of great prosperity and national importance.
Hundreds of years of cultural heritage is preserved in the historical and architectural monuments, museums, theatres, art galleries and churc hes of Kaunas. In Kaunas we are proud of the importance that our people have played in contributing towards making the rich cultural, historical, and academic tapestry that is Lithuania.
Population 160.000 – Having endured all historical cataclysms, today Klaipeda is an important economical, and cultural center of Western Lithuanian with the population of almost 160.000. It is an ice-free port, a significant business development point of the Baltic Sea Region. Klaipeda is the sea port and the third largest city of the Republic of Lithuania, situated on the South Baltic seashore.
For international cooperation and propagation of European unity ideas, the City of Klaipeda was awarded the highest European awards: in 1999 the Council of Europe Flag of Honour, in 2001 – Plague of Honour, and in 2003 – Europe Prize of the Council of Europe.
Klaipeda is a large Lithuanian transport hub connecting sea, land and rail routes from East to West. Palanga/Klaipeda International Airport is located at the distance of 35 km from the city center.
Klaipeda State Sea Port is of international importance as a major cargo transshipment and passenger transport center, creating favourable conditions for the rapid economic development of Klaipeda. Klaipeda handles all types of cargo. The port of Klaipeda is the leader among the ports of the Baltic Sea in terms of container handling Cruise tourism is rapidly developing in Klaipeda. In 2014 Klaipeda port will host 63 cruise liners’ calls bringing into the city about 50 thous. tourists from all over the world.
Klaipeda is not just a port, but also a resort city. Part of its territory is protected as the UNESCO natural heritage site. Wonderful recreation conditions are provided on the Baltic sea Blue Flag beaches, perfect cycling tracks in pine forests provide splendid outings for families and tourists. Klaipeda is promoting water tourism and regattas. There are excellent conditions for yachting in the Curonian Bay and the Baltic sea. Klaipeda hosts national and international regattas. In 2009 and 2011 the city hosted the prestigious “Tall Ships’ Races”, and it will again host the International Tall Ships fleet in 2015 and 2017. The most beautiful other summer resorts of Lithuania Palanga and Neringa are just at the distance of 25 to 50 km from Klaipeda. High standard hotels, restaurants, cafés and shopping centers are ready to serve all needs of locals and tourists. The City can boast of good cycling tracks taking bike enthusiasts from different city quarters to wonderful pine parks and the Baltic sea beaches.
Population 68.000 – L’Aquila is the capital city of the Abruzzo Region and of the Province of L’Aquila. It is situated on the left bank of the Aterno River, 730 meters hight, in a valley surrounded by the highest mountains of the Appennines, the Gran Sasso and the Velino-Sirente, 93 km northeast of Rome.
L’Aquila is the main historical and artistic centre of Abruzzo Region, is renowned for its University, Musical Conservatory, Arts Academy, Theatre and Concert Society, National Museum of the Abruzzi.
There are many churches, according to tradition, 99 an all, and monuments of historic and artistic value, the heritage of its rich medieval past, such as the Fountain of the Ninety-Nine Spouts, almost a symbol of the city, the massive 16th-century Spanish Fortress, which crowns the city’s highest point, the Basilica of St. Bernardino, the greatest Renaissance church in the Abruzzi, and the Church of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, the most outstanding example of Abruzzo romanesque architecture, where Peter from Morrone was crowned Pope in 1294, by the name of Celestino V, leaving to the city the unvaluable gift of the «Perdonanza» (first Jubilee of the story), celebrated every 28th August since that time.
The 2009 L’Aquila earthquake occurred in the Abruzzo Region. The main shock occurred at 03:32 CEST on 6 April 2009, and was rated 5.8 or 5.9 on the Richter scale and 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale; its epicentre was near L’Aquila.
During the reconstruction process till today that affects the city of L’Aquila the council is reviewing even the Urban Mobility Plan.
The revision of the Urban Mobility Plan is a vital need for the city due to the relocation of services and temporary residences. In a long-term time horizon, the built heritage born with the C.A.S.E. (Complessi Antisismici Sostenibili Ecocompatibili) project future will use destinations that must be taken into consideration in the design of infrastructure and services for the mobility.
In order to pursue environmentally sustainable mobility, the Municipality of L’Aquila wants to promote new patterns of mobility to ease traffic congestion, combating air pollution and noise and improve the quality of life of citizens. In this regard, the Municipality of L’Aquila intends to promote the use of bicycles .
It is necessary to imagine “a new idea of city”, where high value-added activities, new technologies in companies and residences and the historic landscape must play a leading role.
Lille Métropole (FR)
Population over 1.1 million – Lille Métropole is a former manufacturing centre as well as a retail and finance centre. Lille Metropole conurbation is France’s 4th-largest urban conglomeration and brings 85 municipalities together, in an area of over 600 km². Lille Métropole represents 30% of the regional population. Lille Métropole is also part of the European Grouping for Territorial Co-operation (EGTC) Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (created in 2008), a cross-border area of more than 2 million inhabitants (with Walloon and Flemish regions).
The conurbation is ideally located as a transport and logistics hub and has the potential to be a commuter town for London, Paris and Brussels thanks to the presence of Eurostar and TGV high speed rail links. It is also very well placed on the motorway network in addition to being on the border with, and closely linked to Belgium.
Lille Métropole features an array of architectural styles, some with Flemish influence, including the use of brown and red brick. In addition, many residential neighbourhoods consist of attached 2-3 story houses aligned in a row, with narrow gardens in the back. These architectural attributes, which are uncommon in France, help make Lille Métropole a transition in France to neighbouring Belgium, as well as nearby Netherlands and England, where the presence of brick, as well as row houses or the Terraced house is much more prominent.
Lille Métropole adopted few years ago a strong policy to develop alternative use for mobility such as public transport, cycle, walking and carpooling through its 85 municipalities to preserve environment and to promote a new way of moving.
A citizen satisfied with life in his own city, is always the best promotion of the city! This is the biggest advantage of Łódź – its citizens, who are eager to change its surrounding and happy to create new! We are creative, quick to embrace cyclist-friendly innovations, we possess vibrant bike culture and we are always happy to participate in the new challenges. Thanks to you we have the new one: we would love to become the Cycling Capital of Europe in 2014!
Let’s start the challenge!
Population 570.000 – Málaga is capital of the Costa del Sol, a metropolitan area of 1.2 million people, as well as one of the most famous tourism destinations worldwide. It is located in the Mediterranean coast of Andalusia, between the Gibraltar straight and the mountains of Sierra Nevada. Originally founded by the Phoenicians during Roman times, Málaga obtained the benefits of being declared a confederated city of Rome. By the end of the 18th century, it became the second most important industrial centre in Spain. The city has been characterised by a strong demographic increase in the last 50 years, doubling its population between 1960 and 1980. Today, it is a world capital of tourism, thanks to the development of the Costa del Sol and its privileged climate and strategic location.
Malaga’s current main challenge is to become a knowledge-based economy through the development and the collaboration between the University of Málaga and the Technology Park Andalusia (around 500 companies, mainly specialised in ICT applications). The improvement of cultural infrastructures (Thyssen and Picasso museums, city centre and docks regeneration, etc.), is also increasing the role of cultural tourism.
Malaga presents a quite complete transport infrastructure, which includes a recently renovated train station with high speed connections to major cities in Spain, and two metro lines under construction. The roadway system includes two highway rings. Since the approval of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, several actions have been implemented such as pedestrian and traffic calming areas, dynamic parking information, and priority lanes for public transport and bicycles.
Population 190.000 – Odense is one of Denmark’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Odense is the third largest city in Denmark and we have the advantageous location in the heart of Denmark which makes Odense a great meeting point.
Odense is the native town of Hans Christian Andersen and is known as the fairy tale capitol of the world. The fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense in 1805. When he was 14 he decided to try his luck at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. For three years he was engaged here without pay after which he received funding to finish his studies. After finishing his studies in 1929 the young cand.phil. dedicated himself to writing.
In Odense you can visit his birth house and museum, take a walk in his footsteps and see some of the localities that meant something to him including his childhood home. Also the city center is full of sculptures and many of them depict scenes and characters from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales
Odense offers many exiting attractions for children as well as for adults. Don’t miss the atmosphere of the old part of the city. The attractions in Odense include both conventional museums, Odense Zoo and alternative sites such as The Time Collection
In 2009, Odense received funds from the Danish Road Directorate for bike project “Cyclist City”.
The project is based in Odense as a city with a good and bicycle-friendly infrastructure and an accident picture showing the lowest number of accidents in the time you have an accident record.
Instead of a focus on new construction, the focus turned from multiple paths to better paths. In Odense, we have a super bike path.
Odense is a city for cyclists and well known home and abroad for its knowledge. Every year we welcome professionals and other with an interest in cycling to our city.
Population 624.000 – Capital of Norway, and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Population growth creates opportunities, but also puts pressure on the city’s land area, infrastructure, environment and economy. Oslo is located in a bowl formation in the terrain, the city center being surrounded by hills and the Oslo Fjord. The city has successfully transformed from an industrial city into a modern, green knowledge hub. The standard of living is relatively high, spurring high consumption levels.
If you are planning to go on a trip in Oslo or you just want to discover the city, you can easily hop on a bike. Over the past years Oslo has developed to a real cycle city and offers people to make use of the so called “Bysykler” though its bike sharing plan. This cycle plan offers citizens and tourists the possibility to grab a bike at over more than 100 places in Oslo and explore the city. The most famous highlights are located in the centre, like the new opera house, royal palace, city hall and the Akershus Festning. But the city has much more to offer; just outside the city centre you’ll discover some really nice green spots which are perfectly reachable by bike.
Preventing urban sprawl has been Oslo’s overall policy for many years. The Municipal Master Plan includes a strategy for densification around public transport system and cycle network, introducing parking restrictions and protecting the blue-green structure. In addition, building in the green belt surrounding the city is strictly prohibited. It is an essential instrument in order to limit the increase in road traffic. Cycling is an important part of the city’s action plan to reduce emissions, in in which Oslo has decided to reduce emissions by 50 % by 2030 and to zero by 2050.
Population 213.000 – Padova (Padua) is the capital of the Province and it is located in the middle of Veneto Region, in north eastern Italy, 33 km west from Venezia (Venice) and 90 km east from Verona. In Padova art, culture, nature, science and spirituality blend in a unique mix that makes the visit a complete enjoyment. The general aspect of the inner city can be discovered in many ways, simply wandering around, appreciating the sightings behind every corner.
The two main treasures of the town, instead, Giotto’s frescoes inside the Scrovegni Chapel and st. Antony’s basilica must be religiously appreciated personally entering and standing into them for all the time one’s spirit requires.
Although the city is fairly well sized for Italian standards, the vast majority of interesting sights is concentrated in the city centre. That is quite common for most Italian cities because they often developed around the ancient roman or medieval walled town. Furthermore, the two rivers of the town (the Brenta, from North to east and the Bacchiglione, from south to east) and the net of navigable canals set the boundaries of Padova. Walls and canals determined not only its shape but also its history and development. A nice way to see Padova from a different perspective is to navigate along the internal canals with one of the boat tours departing from the ancient port of the Portello.
Population 60.000 – Founded by Fascist government in 1938, Pomezia is located 30 km south of Rome in the middle of “Agro Romano”, the large and characteristic countryside that surrounds the city of Rome. Pomezia is really rich of history, archaeological sites like roman villas, medieval castles and towers and turistic attractions. Not far from Pomezia there is Pratica di Mare, a medieval castle situated on the site of Lavinium, the ancient city that, according to the legend, was founded by Aeneas, the mythological ancestor of the lineage of Romans. Inside the archeological museum of Pratica di Mare is exposed the original ancient statue of Minerva Tritonia (V BC) and nearby Pratica there is the archeological site of the “XIII Altars” , an amazing roman sanctuary consisting of thirteen lining altars.
In the center of Pomezia there is Independence Square with the town hall and S. Benedict church, designed by the talented architect Petrucci to celebrate the modern foundation of the city. On the coast, Torvajanica is the seaside resort with many attractions like “Zoomarine” dolphinarium and archaeological areas (roman villa of Via Siviglia and templar area of Sol Indiges).
Population 155.700 – Reading is a major population employment centre within the South-East, benefitting from close proximity to London and Heathrow Airport, and with excellent links to national road and rail networks. Such connectivity is represented by Reading’s status as a regional transport hub, international gateway and a major transport interchange, resulting in around 30,000 people arriving in Reading and 24,000 people leaving in the morning peak.
Some of the world’s most famous companies have chosen to locate their offices in Reading, including – Verizon Business, Symantec and Huawei to name just a few, as well as Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, BG Group to the east of the town. Reading is also known as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the UK and a host of other attractions: Michelin Star restaurants; over eight hundred listed buildings and monuments; boutique hotels; family friendly museums and two National Trails. In addition the town has thirteen local and three National Cycle Network routes serving key destinations and running alongside the River Thames and River Kennet.
Reading was successful in bidding for Local Sustainable Transport Fund funding in 2011 and 2012 to deliver a range of transport improvements aimed at reducing carbon and encouraging economic growth over the period 2012-2015. The programme, which aims to encourage an additional 2,300 daily cycle trips in the area, includes the delivery of a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames and a cycle hire scheme, which will be launched spring 2014. The town has also recently consulted on the updated Cycling Strategy 2014 and plans to finalise the Strategy are underway
Population 145.000 -Rimini is like the Blues – it has a bit of everything, or at least that is what a famous Italian pop singer, Luciano Ligabue, has to say about it. And when we say everything, we mean everything. Whether you want to sleep in a tent or in a suite at the Grand Hotel, the 5-star hotel made famous by Federico Fellini, Rimini is a great destination. There are also many places of artistic and cultural interest; there are truly unique masterpieces from Roman times and the Renaissance period, or, there are 15 kilometres of shoreline where you can walk barefoot chatting with friends or meditating alone, as the mood takes you. In all there are 227 bathing establishments and 1100 hotels, plus excellent facilities for children. Rimini is full of innovation, a testing ground always ready to turn out new trends; street bars, happy hours, aperitifs served on the beach, dinner on the seashore, sports of the future and nordic walking on sand. Above all there is a special atmosphere to get caught up in. “The Rimini Enchantment”. You will love it. It is the perfect place to make friends for life (source http://www.riminiturismo.it/100025/44/English.html?lang_index=1).
Population 424.000 – The capital and the largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of 159.2 km2 with a population of 424 455. Tallinn has been ranked as a global city and has also been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. Tallinn has been famous for its innovativeness by being a flagship in several European public events. As example, in 2006 Tallinn initiated the movement of European Green Capital which respects local efforts to improve environment, and in 2013, Tallinn established free public transport for all Tallinn citizens. The Old Town of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is one of the most authentically preserved medieval city centers in Europe. For today Tallinn has 1076 km roads, 211,7 km bicycle roads, including 167,9 km separate bicycle lanes and 43,8 km bicycle highways on the sides of the roads.
Population 105.000 - Tartu is a university town and a city of youth. The time-honoured university, museum-rich and Hanseatic city of Tartu lies on the banks of the River Emajõgi. The capital of sothern Estonia is the second largest city in the country (but the largest in terms of student population) and the oldest in the Baltic States. Tartu is a modern city with a rich historical heritage and culture. It is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, Estonian theatre and the Estonian state.
Telšiai District (LT)
Population 46.000 – Telšiai district lays in the north west of Lithuania in the Central Samogitian Highlands. It covers 143.900 ha, number of residents is about 46.000. The district attracts both for its nature and for the historic, architectural and cultural monuments. There are a lot of mounds, old cemeteries, mythological and sacral stones and natural sites.
Telšiai is the capital of Samogitia, the centre of Telšiai County and District, the centre of Samogitian Catholicism. This is the town located on seven hills, from East surrounded by the legendary lake Mastis, famous for the number of the places to visit and unique sites: Samogitiam Museum Alka, St.Anthony of Padua with two-storied altar, the single in Lithuania cube-style S.Michael’s Church as well as remaining Yeshivah buildings.
The local authorities continue to make great efforts to ensure that Telšiai is a fully accessible town. The main city street has tactile pavements designed to help blind and partially sighted people walk safely. The city’s main public buildings, shops and banks have wheelchair access. Some local hotels are specially equipped to cater for disabled visitors. The city tourist office organises guided tours of the town using sign language for deaf and hearing-impaired visitors. In 2013 Telšiai old town was nominated as the most attractive tourism place of Lithuania and the winner of European Commission project EDEN.
Population 117.500 - Umeå is situated on the inlet of the Gulf of Bothnia at the mouth of the Ume River, in the south of Västerbotten. Umeå is about 600 km north of Stockholm and about 400 km south of the Arctic Circle. It is the largest city in the north of Sweden.
Umeå is known as the young university city, the culture city, the festival city, the floorball Mecca, the city of birches and much else. Over the past 50 years, Umeå’s population has trebled. This growth is continuing at a rapid pace. The average age is now 38. Umeå has two universities, Umeå university and SLU.
The climate of Umeå is subarctic, with short and fairly warm summers. Winters are lengthy and freezing. Despite these conditions, cycling all year round is very popular. Umeå has more than 200 km of popular cycling routes that can take you all around Umeå.
Population 200.000 – Uppsala was a widely renowned place of worship until around 1000Ad, in an area that is today called Gamla Uppsala, or Old Uppsala. It is here that the cathedral was built in the 1130’s. After its completion the Archbishop of Sweden resided here from 1164. The city’s earliest name was East Aros. East was used to distinguish its location from West Aros, which is today called Västerås. The Aros represented the river mouth, which flows from towards Fyrisån and continues into Lake Mälaren. In 1245 the cathedral was damaged in a big fire and the archbishops seat was moved to East Aros, which had long been a major trading centre. It was at the time of the move that the city got its new name of Uppsala.
Uppsala is Swedens fourth largest municipality and has over 200,000 inhabitants. With Stockholm, the country’s capital, only 67km away and airport only 35km, Uppsala is said to be located in the center of Sweden. In Uppsala you will find a wide range of shops, restaurants and theatres hosting concerts and many other events. Uppsala combines the hustle and bustle of big city life with the closeness and intimacy of a small town.
You will find cultural treasures and reminders of the city’s history around every corner. Tributes to some of the great inhabitants that have lived in the city, including Carl Linneaus, Ingmar Bergman and Anders Celsius.
Uppsala is among the world’s most prominent cities in the field of science. Uppsala University, founded in 1477, is Scandinavia’s oldest University. Both Uppsala University and the Agricultural University are highly rated and together they have about 40,000 students and researchers. Together with the University Hospital, it has created a solid foundation for advanced research that has led to the interest of a number of companies in biomedicine and information technology.
The number of inhabitants in Uppsala is continuing to rise, and it is estimated to be around 3000-4000 per year in recent times.
Uppsala is well known for being a bicycle friendly municipality and has a total of 410 km of bicycle paths. In urban Uppsala around 28% of the population use a bicycle as their means of transport.
Population 1.711.000 – Warsaw is the capital of Poland. An amazing city is full of contrasts, question marks and surprises. Warsaw will not leave you indifferent – reflection and euphoria simultaneously spring to mind. It is a source of amusement caused by its uniqueness and unprecedented blending of ancient and present times.
Warsaw is a city with the enchanted soul in locations that don’t exist anymore, and the ambiance produced by fantastic combination of modern urban development and historical architecture.
Palaces, churches and architectural clusters are interwoven with the wide open space of squares, parks and city gardens. Substantial portion of undeveloped land, with the essential need for investment, awaits the investors. These areas will play a major role in defining the character and ambience of the city in the upcoming years.
Character – the most renowned virtue of Warsaw, bestowed on it by its citizens. Same people, who in the past lifted this city up from the ruins, today are making their dreams come true, by pursuing their professional and personal success.
Zona Ovest di Torino (IT)
Population 227.643 - Collegno, Grugliasco, Venaria Reale, Rivoli, Alpignano, Buttigliera Alta, Druento, Pianezza, Rosta, San Gillio, Villarbasse.
Eleven municipalities located in the west of Turin, in a strategic position between the city and the Susa Valley, with an industrial vocation, but also filled with a fascinating history. You can visit the splendid Royal Residences – Reggia di Venaria, Castello di Rivoli and Castello de La Mandria surrounded by the biggest metropolitan natural Park – added to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1997.
Perfectly preserved and of great cultural and architectural value, there are also some magnificent religious buildings near Dora Riparia river such as S. Pietro Church (Pianezza), the Monastery of S. Antonio di Ranverso (Buttigliera Alta) and the Royal Carthusian Monastery (Collegno), added to the Leumann’s Worker Village (Collegno), many age-old historical centres and original eighteenth century ancient farmhouses.
Since 1999, these municipalities have been working together, by forming the coalition Zona Ovest di Torino, in order to promote a new phase of local development, based on the role played by local actors, through the strengthening of industry, tourism, trade, crafts, agriculture, environment and sustainable mobility.