The German Cycling Prize
The 2018 Winners
On 22 February 2018, the winners of the 2018 German Cycling Prize were greeted with enthusiastic applause by an expert audience at the Congress Center West in Essen.
The project on Germany's first bicycle-friendly neighbourhood ("Deutschlands erstes Fahrradquartier") won in the "Infrastructure" category. The project by the city of Bremen is characterised by a both comprehensive and local approach. A measure to support local mobility, the Danube bridge of Deggendorf project ("Donaubrücke Deggendorf") was awarded the second place while the expansion of comfortable cycle tracks ("Ausbau von Komfortradwegen") by the city of Nordhorn won the third prize.
The project on a referendum for bicycle legislation ("Volksentscheid Fahrrad: Berlin dreht sich! – Deutschlands erstes Fahrradgesetz") won in the "Communication" category. The unofficial Ruhr cycle superhighway – the RS1 fan site ("Der inoffizielle Radschnellweg Ruhr – Die Fanseite des RS1"), which provides information on the RS1 superhighway, won the second prize. The third prize went to the "Veloversity" project, an e-learning platform for students and teachers.
In the "Service" category, the "#Bikeygees e.V." association, which promotes the integration of refugee women, won the first prize. The second prize went to a project for cycle tracks quality management across local authority boundaries ("Interkommunales Qualitätsmanagement Radwege im Oberbergischen Kreis und im Rheinisch-Bergischen Kreis"). A project from the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis district was awarded the third place for its marketing strategy to promote pedelecs for commuters ("Ein Rad für alle Fälle").
Christoph Grothe won the video prize and Anton Scholtalbers the photo prize in the video and photo competition that went by the slogan "My bike can...".
The actor Hannes Jaenicke won the prize for the most cycling-friendly public figure this year.
Trend-setting innovations – by cyclists for cyclists
Since 2000, the German Cycling Prize has been organized every year by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle-Friendly Cities, Towns and Districts in North Rhine-Westphalia (AGFS NRW). Its partners and sponsors include the Cycling Industry Association (Zweirad-Industrie-Verband e.V.) and the Service and Bicycle trade association (Verbund Service und Fahrrad g.e.V).
Please refer to the website of the German Cycling Prize (in German) for comprehensive information on the nominated projects, the jury's statement, fact sheets on the winning projects and pictures of the award ceremony.