This piece was originally published on ICLEI ‘s CityTalk website.
By Tu My Tran, Senior Officer, Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; Contributors: Yongseok Oh (Daegu Council for Sustainable Development), Heecheol Yun (Gwangju Council for Sustainable Development), Yoonjin Cho (ICLEI Korea office)
Cycle to work, track your ride, earn points, and get a chance to win, all while fighting climate change. This is the simple but effective idea of the Korean “Bike to Work Challenge,” funded by Korean Climate and Environment Network and hosted by six Councils for Sustainable Development and organized in collaboration with ICLEI Korea Office alongside six Councils for Sustainable Development from the cities of Gwangju, Daegu, Daejeon, Suwon, Jeonju and Changwon.
This smart initiative leverages the opportunities offered by technology and healthy competition to boost public participation and raise awareness. Inspired by the Social Biking Challenge, the Korean EcoBike mileage app was developed for users to track bike rides, calculate the amount of CO2 avoided, and earn “Tago” points.
In 2019, the “Bike to Work Challenge” achieved a combined greenhouse gas reduction amount of 45,495 Kilogram CO2. In just over one month, the CO2 avoided was equivalent to 9.7 cars driven for one year, showing its great potential to make cities more sustainable. Changwon was the city with the highest number of bike riders during peak hours, with 58,618 kilometers cycled.