Danish Ambassador encourages Canberra to adopt European travel habits

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Danish Ambassador to Australia Tom Nørring rode to work this week, and as a Cycle Works Champion he wants more Canberrans to follow his lead.

“It’s good for your health, it’s good for the environment and it contributes to making your city more liveable,” said Ambassador Nørring, after riding from the Danish Embassy in Yarralumla to the ANU Global Programs Fair.

“For Danes, riding your bike is in our DNA. That’s what I did every day back in Copenhagen,” he said.

56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city, commute by bike every day.

114,000 people regularly ride a bike in the ACT, yet only 3% of those people use their bike for transport.

Ambassador Nørring hopes to inspire Canberrans to follow the Danish example and ride their bikes to work, to meetings and for short trips.

“We look forward to sharing our knowledge as the world’s top bicycling nation to inspire Canberra in designing an even more bike-friendly city.”

Staff from the Danish Embassy joined the Ambassador on his ride to work, demonstrating how European methods of transport support maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

In Copenhagen, 85% of all trips are under 5km. Canberrans might have a little further to travel, which is why the Government’s Active Travel Office has introduced a Park and Pedal scheme. Free, secure parking at the Arboretum has already motivated many Canberrans who already ride for leisure to ride to work.

Current and prospective bike-riding commuters are encouraged to visit www.cycle-works.com.au to sign up, ride to work in April and discover the benefits of adopting this European mode of transport.

Catch Ambassador Nørring on ABC Canberra talking to Kim Huynh about how the Danes commute, the “car mafia” and looking dapper while riding. The interview starts 2.30m in.

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