Registration for CITY CYCLING 2024

From 10 a.m. on 13 March, municipalities can register for CITY CYCLING 2024 !

Please note: Especially in the first few weeks, we receive hundreds of registrations from municipalities, all of which we must check. We therefore ask for your understanding that it may take a few days for us to activate your municipality at the start. Cyclists are only able to register for your municipality once we have activated your municipality. Please take this into account in your communication (also with the press) and, in case of doubt, wait until we have activated your account to announce your registration for the CITY CYCLING campaign.

Rules of participation for municipalities in 2024

The participation fees payable by municipalities indicated below depend on the number of inhabitants and whether the municipality is a member of Climate Alliance*. Participation is essentially free for teams and cyclists in the municipalities. Among others, the fee includes the following services:

* A signed application to join Climate Alliance should have been submitted at the time of registration. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to become a Climate Alliance member and participate in CITY CYCLING.

Municipalities’ registration is binding. If a registration is subsequently cancelled, the full/flat-rate participation fee shall be payable by the registering municipality, regardless of any subsidies available from state ministries!

Participation fees in 2024
for German cities, municipalities and rural districts/regions

Inclusive of sales tax
The fees include the taxes payable in Germany and may therefore vary in other countries.

Participation of rural districts/regions and their associated towns/communities

When a rural district/region participates in CITY CYCLING, they are able to request that (individual or all) towns/communities are listed separately. In addition to the rural district/region, these towns/communities will then also be allocated their own subpage on the campaign website to use as desired. They will moreover be listed in all results overviews (and so have the opportunity to win prizes), etc. An additional nominal flat-rate fee will apply per town/community in this case. This means that the standard participation fee will apply for the rural district/region and the town/community will then only need to pay the additional flat-rate fee (please see the table of participation fees above for details).

Definition of a ‘region’
An elected municipal parliament as well as the status as a “politically-independent community” are decisive for a region to also be considered in the Most active municipal parliament category, e.g. the region of Hanover (and therefore all those able to be ordinary members of Climate Alliance). The same applies for municipal associations and similar alliances.

Condition for the flat-rate fee
The CITY CYCLING campaign must take place in the rural district/region and associated town/community at the same time.
Rural districts/regions are able to register towns/communities at a later date even if they have already been activated (only possible via the CITY CYCLING local coordinator’s user account). Only the flat-rate fee will be payable! An overall invoice will then be prepared for the rural district/region.

Discounted participation for municipalities worldwide!

From 2017, municipalities from outside of Germany will also be able to participate in the CITY CYCLING campaign! All of the conditions and rules of participation are the same; the only difference is that a discount of 20% on the participation fee will apply if German is not one of the official languages in the country as it is not possible to fully use all of the resources provided.

Communication and public relations work for sustainable mobility are more important in municipalities than ever before. Experts are calling on municipalities to allocate sufficient funds from their annual budgets. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure explicitly names CITY CYCLING in its National Cycling Plan 2020 (NCP) as a good example of a suitable measure. In the NCP, the German federal government recommends municipalities allocate between €0.50 and €1 per inhabitant and year from their budget for what it refers to as “non-capital measures”, which include communication and marketing activities. This should more than cover the cost of participation in the CITY CYCLING campaign. A variety of options also exist in the event of financial constraints:

  • Local supporters from within the municipality could cover the participation fee in return for a mention on the local campaign flyers/posters, website, etc.
  • Donations could be collected at a number of different events to cover the participation fee.
  • Bike-specific products could be sold within a cooperation and a portion of the earnings put towards participation in CITY CYCLING.
  • You could approach the relevant ministries in your home country and request funding for the CITY CYCLING campaign.