We cycle 2022, a Danish story of green commute

June 07, 2022 | 17:55
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Hundreds of people in Hue city joined the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, the Thua Thien-Hue Institute of Development Studies (HueIDS), and Ashui.com in a campaign to promote cycling culture in Vietnam’s municipalities on the occasion of the Wecyc (We cycle) Week 2022.
The Wecyc Week was firstly launched in Vietnam in 2019 by Ashui.com
The Wecyc Week was first launched in Vietnam in 2019 by Ashui.com

Le Viet Ha, founder of Ashui.com said, "Wecyc Week, which takes place in the first week of June every year, aims at promoting cycling culture in municipalities and changing their residents’ travelling habits to safe and environmentally friendly cycling trips."

The campaign includes an early morning group cycling around Hue citadel, an exhibition titled Copenhagen – Livable City – Cycling City and a seminar on Biking – A Story of Green Commute with the participation of keynote speakers from Copenhagen, Tokyo, Hanoi, and Hue city.

Kim Højlund Christensen, Ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam said, "Biking is a popular and practical solution for most Danes. In Copenhagen, half of all trips to work and educational institutions are done by bike. This is a result of more than half a century of continuous efforts, planning, determination, and commitment from all layers of society, not least the political level. I hope that the stories, innovative ideas, and experiences gained from different Danish and Vietnamese experts at the seminar and exhibition will be inspirational and helpful to the people of Hue and beyond. I wish you all the best in achieving your ambition of becoming a cycling city in the near future."

We cycle 2022, a Danish story of green commute

Cung Trong Cuong, director of HueIDS commented, "HueIDS is thrilled to be part of this meaningful campaign as it is a good opportunity for Hue to gain access to Danish experts and experiences on biking promotion since Denmark and Copenhagen are quite ahead of us in this field. I hope that this cooperation will sustain until Hue becomes a cycling city as we are striving for."

The exhibition opened to the public on June 7 along the bank of the Huong river. It illustrates Copenhagen’s efforts over the past 20 years to transform the city into one of the most liveable and cycling-friendly cities in the world.

We cycle 2022, a Danish story of green commute

Audiences to the exhibition will find innovative and bold projects, an artificial skiing slope on top of a waste treatment plant, the idea of transforming a traditional bridge into a highly popular public hangout place by expanding sidewalks with additional benches and bike paths, and various beautiful and unique cycling bridges that connect different areas on the two sides of the capital city’s canal.

Further, the seminar Biking – A Story of Green Commute, held on the same day, established a forum to connect and facilitate exchange of experience, knowledge, and innovative ideas between experts from the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and Vietnamese experts from HueIDS, the National Traffic Safety Committee, and local decision-makers, researchers, and representatives from various community organisations and media.

The campaign is part of the Embassy of Denmark’s long-term cooperation with Vietnam in supporting the country’s green transition and its endeavours to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Some key facts about Danish Biking Culture (from Cycling Embassy of Denmark)

- Nine out of ten Danes own a bicycle.

- Cycling accounts for 26 per cent of trips under 5km and 16 per cent of all trips.

- Half of all trips to work and educational institutions in Copenhagen are done by bike (49 per cent in 2018).

- On average, citizens of Copenhagen own five times more bikes than cars.

- On average, citizens of Copenhagen bike 3km a day.

- Approximately half of all Danish children aged 11-15 bike to school.

- From 2009 to 2014, more than €268 million were invested in 338 bicycle projects – both infrastructure and campaigns – across Denmark with the help of the Danish

national Cycling Fund.

- In 2018, the number of cyclists crossing the city centre of Copenhagen exceeded the number of cars.

- The cycling super highways in and around Copenhagen consist of 45 routes with a total length of 745km.

Source: Cycling Embassy of Denmark

By Thai An

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