Bergen - labeled as UCI Bike City
In 2016 Bergen was awarded UCI Bike City status thanks to their clear strategies to grow and encourage cycling in their communities as well as host UCI major cycling events.
Bergen was one of the first cities to achieve this label, together with Drenthe, the Netherlands and Limburg-Valkenburg, the Netherlands.
In addition to being the host of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, Bergen has many projects to increase cycling levels both in the city and across the region, including programmes for children and a list of events to promote cycling for all.
The local organizing committee (LOC) has created a cycle training programme, based on the established experience of the Norwegian National Federation. It reaches several hundred children per year through a series of specialist lessons, including classroom theory, outdoor skills sessions and led rides around the neighbourhood. The children from this program will be involved in the Championships.
Another major project in planning is a public health campaign in the run up to the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. The campaign has public funding and is supported by the Institute of Transport Economics and TV2. Its objective is to encourage the Norwegians to use their bikes more frequently, using an online app which allows users to win prizes when they reach specific GPS coordinates.
The city also has a strategy to significantly increase bike infrastructure, including a new cycling bridge and new bike routes. The aim is to reach 10% of trips by bike by 2019. Across Norway, including Bergen, 8bn NOK is being invested in new bike paths.
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