Bike to Work was established as a national program in Denmark in 1998. The program, which runs in May each year, encourages employees to cycle to work. Around 100,000 people participate each year with employees forming teams that compete for prizes. Participants can also have their workplaces assessed for 'bike friendliness'.
The program is coordinated by the Danish Cyclists' Union and the Danish Sports Federation. It is considered Denmark's largest exercise program.
• Bike to Work 2011 had 93,478 participants and 9,141 teams
• Together, participants cycled on 1,225,160 days and covered 12,686,443 km (equivalent to 3698 Tour de France cycling races).
• 68% of participants are women
• The bulk of participants are aged 36 to 55 years
• 46% of participants work in the metropolitan area
• 46% of participants have more than 7 miles to work, 17% have more than 15 miles to work
• 88% participate in the campaign to get exercise
• 60% indicate CO 2 -savings as a major incentive for cycling
• 86% say the social in the workplace affects their participation
• 80% of participants cycle all the way to and from work, 10% stated that it varies from day to day, 5% combines the bike on the train
• 73% exercised more than 30 minutes a day before the campaign, 27% stated that campaign has led them to exercise more
About cycling in Denmark in general: • one in six of all trips are made by bicycle • 32% of people cycle to work or school every day or several times a week • 400 - 500,000 bicycles are sold annually • Denamrk has around 4 million bicycles with 9 out of 10 people owning a bike • It is estimated that there are over 7,000 km of cycle tracks on the municipal road network • There are approx. 950 km cycle track along the state road network • There are 12.500 km of signposted cycle routes.
Bike to Work: Join the Cycle Team | English Brochure 2.5MB PDF
http://www.vcta.dk/Forside.aspx | Program website