by | May 22, 2017

More than 3,200 employees from 22 local businesses will provide the extra pedal ‘gas’ in May when they participate in the campaign ‘We cycle to work.’ Employees will compete not only against their own colleagues but also against teams from other companies in the Smart Mobility network in LOOP CITY.

Employees from companies along the new Ring 3 light rail route will go up against each other in the annual ‘We Cycle to Work’ campaign, organized by the Cyclist Association. All the companies are part of the Smart Mobility business and mobility network in LOOP CITY, which initiated the bicycle battle. There are attractive prizes up for grabs.

Within the network, more than 40 companies focus on green transportation and accessibility during and after the construction of the new light rail.

Fighting congestion

The cross-bicycle battle is both serious and fun. It’s always fun to compete, whether it’s against colleagues or other companies and municipalities. But there is also a more serious side. The fact is that many employees spend millions of hours in line in the morning and afternoon traffic.

The development and growth of the suburbs along Ring 3 will help to increase traffic further in the coming years. Although the coming light rail will remedy some of the congestion, it is not possible to eliminate the congestion problems. What we can do is think of new ways to transport ourselves. We know that cycling is a great option, it’s healthy and it increases employee well-being.

“The companies in the network have just completed a survey of employee transport habits. This shows that almost half of the employees who have less than 10 kilometres between work and home choose to drive by car. There is therefore great potential to move some motorists away from rush hour car traffic and on to bikes, for example,” says Charlotte Hauerslev, network project manager at Gate 21.

One of many initiatives

The transversal business battle is open to companies that are members of the Smart Mobility network in LOOP CITY, and staff should preferably work in suburbs along Ring 3 in the LOOP CITY area.

“The cross-bicycle battle is just the first joint initiative in the network. We are working on several initiatives that will make it easier for employees to find alternatives to the car,” says Charlotte Hauerslev, continuing:

“Other initiatives could be, for example, that the company lends bikes for employees to use from public transport stations to the workplace, or to ensure that employees have access to sharable transportation or IT equipment for meetings so that they can leave the car at home.”

Read the position paper here.

About the business network Smart Mobility in LOOP CITY

Smart Mobility in LOOP CITY works to increase accessibility and enhance efficient and green mobility: before, during and after the light rail is established along Ring 3. The goal is to make it easier for companies and employees to choose between different modes of transport to and from work and during work hours. Smart Mobility in LOOP CITY focuses on promoting mobility measures that reduce congestion – especially during peak times. This could mean, for example, shifting working hours, making bikes available for employees at public transport stations or collaborating with the municipality on bus schedules. Smart Mobility in LOOP CITY is part of Moving People.

The network consists of more than 40 companies and municipalities in LOOP CITY and is still working to bring together more companies. ‘We are cycling for work’ is the first cross-cutting initiative in the network.

Smart Mobility in LOOP CITY is a network for larger companies that want to contribute to efficient and green mobility during and after the construction of the upcoming light rail along Ring 3 in the 2018-2023/24 period. The network is initiated by LOOP CITY and the municipalities of Lyngby-Taarbæk, Gladsaxe, Glostrup, Hvidovre, Vallensbæk, Brøndby, Ishøj and Albertslund, and facilitated by Gate 21. The network is supported by the Capital Region of Denmark.