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After a succesful 2015 edition, the City of Bologna relauched the "European Cycling Challenge 2016 - ECC2016" and is now inviting European Cities and their urban cyclists to the fifth edition of this friendly urban commuters competition which will take place throughout the month of May 2016.
The European Cycling Challenge is a successful follow up of the CIVITAS Mimosa European Project: 63 European cities from 20 different countries joined the past editions of the Challenge, with more than 47,000 cyclists involved and more than 4 Million km cycled so far.
The participating cyclists, each tracking their own bike trips to work, school, shops, etc with a free GPS-based smartphone app, contribute to the total number of km cycled by their city-team.
The different on-line leaderboards, both on a European level (among cities) and locally (among participants and companies/schools), are updated in real time and are a fun way to measure oneself against one’s fellow citizens, colleagues and friends as well as against the participating cities.
As for past years, participation in the Challenge requires signing an agreement and making a payment of 1,000.00 € as participation fee which covers the technical costs of managing the web and mobile platforms which are used to track routes and display results.
The use of the Cycling365 app is absolutely free for participants. The supply of GPS data is optional, and if required it foresees an additional fee of 1,000.00 €.
Where can find more information?
Preliminarily, and in a completely non-binding manner, all cities interested in taking part in the Challenge are kindly requested to fill in the Expression of interest form below and send it back to the SRM by December 31st, 2015.
Otherwise it is possible to fill in the online form which can be found on the website.
Read more about the ECC2016 and the benefits of cycling: ECC2016 Brouchure.
Follow the ECC2016 on Twitter #ecc2016