Today, I am writing about a cycling event called ‘ Stadtradeln’ ( City Cycling), which takes place every year all across Germany for 21 continuous days anytime between May and September. The exact dates are decided by the municipality.
After attending the launch event today (4th May 2022) at Georg Buchner Platz, Darmstadt, I thought of taking my readers through this exciting event. In Darmstadt, this year, the dates are from 4th May to 24th May 2022.
What is Stadtradeln?
‘Stadt’ translates to City, and ‘radeln’ translates to cycling. It is a cycling competition where all the participants cycle and collect as many kilometers as possible. The duration is three weeks, and within this time, the individual or team that manages the maximum kilometers stands to win prices. The idea is to encourage people to use the cycle instead of the car and help protect the environment. Through this event, improvements to the local cycling infrastructure, if needed, are also brought to the notice of the local governing authorities.
Who can participate?
If your municipality ( Kommune in German) is participating, you can participate. You can find out if your municipality is participating using this link:
How to participate?
Check the website https://www.stadtradeln.de/home. It is available in multiple languages.
To participate, one has to create an account. It can be created using this link:
You can either participate as an individual OR create a team and collect kilometers as a team OR join an existing team.
Once you are registered, all you have to do is, start cycling and collecting kilometers. Kilometers cycled can be recorded using the stadtradeln app (available for Android and IOS) OR entered manually. What you manually enter is trust-based.
My aim :
I plan to cycle every day. I will use this opportunity to go around the city and capture some beautiful shots. In that process, I collect kilometers for my team. I don’t have a specific kilometer target in mind. The idea is to have fun and contribute to the team.
So, out of the 21 days available, I cycled for 11 days and covered 90.5 kilometers, and avoided 13.9 kgs of Co2. Along with the joy of doing my bit for the environment, I enjoyed the experience of exploring the city of Darmstadt, understanding it from a historical and cultural point of view, and of course, coming home, researching more, and writing my blog.
The competition gets over on 24th May ( which is today). As I sit and update my experiences in this article, I feel happy and motivated to explore more on my bike and share my experiences with my readers about this beautiful city.
This year the prize distribution was done on 4th September, in which, the winning team was awarded.
Stadtradeln is indeed an interesting event. Whether you want to do it for the environment or to explore places around you, or use the bike to go to work, whatever your motivation is, satdtradeln gives you the opportunity and motivation to cycle. In the process, you get a sense of achievement and joy of accomplishment.
You can read about other events in Darmstadt here.