Get in the saddle: City cycling in the Tölzer Land starts
Created: 06/23/2022, 13:00
By: Melina Staar
Coping with everyday journeys by bike instead of by car: That is the goal of the "City Cycling" campaign.
Benediktbeuern, Dietramszell, Icking, Bad Tölz, Geretsried and Wolfratshausen are there, clubs and companies are also taking part: the city cycling, which starts on Saturday, gets people from cars to bikes.
– From Saturday, June 25, it will be back to cycling for the climate in the district.
Then the “City Cycling” campaign will start for the fifth time in a row.
Anyone who works in the Oberland, belongs to a club or goes to school or university can take part.
"The aim is for as many everyday journeys as possible to be covered by bike within the 21 days," says district climate protection manager Veronika Böhm.
E-bikes are therefore also permitted: "The main thing is that the car is left behind."
The response of the past few years shows that the district is sporty on the move.
While there were still around 500 participants in 2020, the number rose to 928 participants in 2021, spread across 90 teams.
In total, they cycled over 190,000 kilometers, which corresponds to a CO2 saving of 28 tons.
So far 300 people have registered, in 67 teams.
"But this week there will certainly be many more," says Böhm.
Many only start cycling in the city when it has already started because they hear about it from colleagues.
"Then there is a certain competitive character." Overall, the response is very good, secondary schools would also take part in "school cycling", clubs and companies have already registered.
“It creates a certain competitive character”
Anyone who wants can create their own team or join an existing one.
In addition to the district itself, there are, for example, the cities of Bad Tölz - which has always been able to record the most kilometers cycled - , Geretsried and Wolfratshausen, but also the communities of Benediktbeuern, Dietramszell and Icking.
The district office also has its own team, as Böhm reports.
She wants to do a lot of advertising for this this week.
"We will certainly reach some people, the weather is also very good."
According to a press release from the district office, District Administrator Josef Niedermaier is also cycling.
He invites everyone to take part.
"Cycling is not only healthy, it's also fun," the district administrator, who is a passionate cyclist himself, is quoted as saying.
“Especially on short journeys, the most CO2 can be saved if, instead of driving the car, you get on the saddle and pedal.” Böhm emphasizes: “It doesn’t matter where you cycle, whether it’s a short journey or – as happened in the past – from Bad Tölz to Lake Garda.” Because every kilometer counts, especially if you would otherwise have covered it by car.
The most hard-working teams will be chosen after the summer holidays at an award ceremony in the district office.
There are different categories, so that smaller teams also have a chance.
"One category is also the per capita kilometers," explains Böhm.
Participation via internet or app is possible
The kilometers traveled are entered either via the website www.stadtradeln.de or via the Stadtradeln app, which you can download onto your smartphone.
“You can also link your cell phone via GPS and record journeys in this way.
But it is not necessary,” says Böhm.
After all, everyone should be able to take part, no matter what technical possibilities they have.
It is possible that the team captain collects and enters the kilometers of his team.
This happens on the basis of trust - but the climate protection manager can dig deeper if the mileage figures seem implausible.
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The starting shot in Bad Tölz will be the Mayor's Cycle Tour on Friday, June 24th.
From 5 p.m., Ingo Mehner will cycle through the city with interested parties and provide information about energy projects.
The meeting point is the viewing platform in the Bürgergarten.
Then you cycle at a leisurely pace past the Jahnschulareal and the Klammerweiher in the direction of Farchet.
The destination is the Isar power plant.
At numerous stops along the way there is information on the local heating supply in Bad Tölz, on e-mobility, on the photovoltaic system in Farchet as well as on sewage sludge drying at the sewage treatment plant and on energy generation on the Isar.
Walter Huber, Managing Director of Stadtwerke Bad Tölz, is also part of the party.
The participants of the bike tour are responsible for their own safety.
The event will be canceled if it rains continuously.
Further information as well as the teams of the cities and municipalities can be found at www.stadtradeln.de.
You can find more current news from the region around Bad Tölz at Merkur.de/Bad Tölz.