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Leave the car at home – a national campaign to support environmental ways of transport in our cities


Project Facts

Project objective: Increased contribution to sustainable development achieved
Project promoter: Obcianska cykloiniciativa Banska Bystrica (OCIBB)
Type of institution: Advocacy organization (NGO)
Project number: SK10-0040
Target group(s): Entrepreneurs,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 63,412
Final project costs: € 62,658
From EEA Grants: € 56,392
The project is carried out in: Slovakia

Project partnership(s)

What will the partnership achieve?

Summary of project results


The transport pattern in the Slovak cities and towns is typical of high measure (about 85 – 90 % travels) of short distance travels (up to 6 km). The bike or other ecological ways of transportation are underdeveloped. The project aimed to improve urban air by increasing the proportion of cycling and other ecological urban traffic. The campaign By Bike to Work realised in May 2014 and May 2015 saved 113 tons CO2 of emissions. 55 municipalities, 915 teams and 2781 bikers participated. In the campaign, a national platform was created through co-operation with the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic – it attracts participation of municipalities and stabilises organisation of the campaign in the next years. Through 45 biking events for 2,874 participants, safety of bikers on the road was increased. By the cooperation with companies, municipalities and other stakeholders, conditions for commuters using bikes were improved several tens of various sustainable measures were implemented, such as new parking places, hygienic measures, various benefits etc. Media response, especially in relation to the campaign, was massive – at least 90 articles were registered, including the national media, 6 reports were brought by 2 nation-wide TVs, including the Slovak Television. One of the project partners, the Turiec Bicycle Group JUS, organised actions in Martin where, in co-operation with the Association of Norwegian Students, they also involved 12 Norwegian students studying medicine in this city.


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