4,000 kilometres “Just not by Car!“

Sep 27, 2016

The winners of “Just not by Car” challenge with representatives of Bajsologija, Ulice za bicikle, UNDP, Heinrich Böll Foundation and The City of Belgrade at the awards ceremony held at the Airport City Belgrade

Belgrade, September 27, 2016 – Saša Pejašinović, employee at IGT Beograd cycled 71.9 kilometers to work, 42 employees at Delta Holding commuted on foot or cycled to work and Seavus employees scored the best results as a team.

These are the champions of the challenge "Just not by Car“, the first of its kind in Belgrade, held on September 22, the World Car Free Day, in which a total of 450 employees from 35 participating employers took part.

Corporate teams competed by registering their employees for either walking or cycling to - and from work and scored points by use of a free mobile phone application which tracked and measured routes and distances. This challenge was jointly organized by the Cycling Associations Bajsologija (Bycology) and Ulice za bicikle (Streets for Bicycles), the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of the European Mobility Week 2016. The goal was to mobilize the corporate sector to join the quest for more sustainable means of transportation, protection of the environment, reduced traffic and healthy living.

The award ceremony was hosted at the avenue of the business park Airport City Belgrade – the highest scoring competitor was awarded with Adidas sports gear, while Markoni and Delta Holding awarded the highest scoring company and the company with the largest number of participants with office bike-sharing bicycles.

Alongside winners, other participating companies and civil society organizations included Vojvodjanska Bank, Seven Bridges, Erste Bank, Vip Mobile, The City of Belgrade, SR Technics, Humanity, UniCredit Bank, B92 Foundation, TV Studio B etc.

Given that participating employees cycled or walked 4,000 kilometers on that day, the estimated reduction of the emission of CO2 is 700kg!

Belgrade’s Chief Architect, Mr. Milutin Folić, attended the award ceremony in order to support the winners and invited the citizens to make use of the improved cycling infrastructure, that is, additional kilometres of cycling tracks that have been built recently. Mr. Folić and The City’s Mayor, Mr. Siniša Mali, also “walked the talk” on the day by cycling to work, and thus collected points for their team, The City of Belgrade.

The goal of this initiative is to mobilize more people to include walking and cycling to work into their daily routines, because it is clean, safe, healthy and fast and it takes advantage of Belgrade City’s commitment to investing into more cycling infrastructure across the city.

For more information, please contact Stevan Vujasinović (UNDP) at 011 4155 310 or by email at communications.rs@undp.org or  Vladimir Ćurčić (Bajsologija) at 065 2009 017 or by email at vladimir.curcic@bajsologija.rs.

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