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Warsaw, Łódź and Rome lead the way in European Cycling Challenge

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
More than 1.6 million km were cycled by teams taking part in the European Cycling Challenge, with the top three cities of Warsaw, ?ód? and Rome accounting for more than a third of the total.
Teams from 32 cities across Europe took part in the Challenge, which runs throughout May every year and encourages teams of cyclists to see how many kilometres of journeys made by any motorised transport can be replaced through cycling.

Participating cities in 2014 were located in Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Italy had the largest number of teams with seven participating cities. The campaign demonstrates the international enthusiasm for cycling present even outside of countries traditionally linked to cycling.

The European Cycling Challenge is an initiative run by the city of Bologna (Italy) which first began in May 2012. The campaign has gone from strength to strength - in 2014 more than 9 000 cyclists participated, compared to just over 3 000 in 2013. Additionally, the total distance increased fivefold from 313 000 kilometres in 2013 to 1.6 million kilometres this year.

For more information, visit europeancyclingchallenge.eu.

Photo: hr.icio, Flickr
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