108 TOWNS & CITIES ON THE RIGHT TRACK!
Congratulations and encouragement are the watchwords for all the 34 cities that have gained recognition via the “Tour de France Cycle City” label. The submissions drawn up by the cities applying have highlighted their motivation, through the strategy of developing cycling infrastructures and improving the safety of cyclists. These municipal authorities have also presented concrete actions designed to support recreational cycling in the community and cycling as a sport (deployment of infrastructures, improvement of cyclists’ safety, learning with the “how to ride a bicycle” programme, parking and combatting theft, maintenance and repair, promotional tools, etc.). This year, 22 candidate towns and cities are present on the routes of the Tour de France (16) and Tour de France Femmes avec ZWIFT (7), Paris being common to both events.
The 2022 edition gives pride of place to Copenhagen (Denmark), Paris and Valkenburg (Netherlands), 3 cities that have obtained the 4-bike grade, awarded for exemplary promotion of cycling in all its forms. The evaluation criteria adopted seek to assess the dynamics implemented in the municipalities rather than the current amount of infrastructures, for example. The 2022 list also pays homage to eleven towns with populations of less than 10,000 habitants, 8 medium-sized towns and 15 cities with populations exceeding 50,000 people. Such diversity requires judgement that takes into account the distinctive features of each of these territories. With this second labelling campaign, the number of “Tour de France Cycle City” certified cities has risen to 108 and more than 7 million people now directly benefit from the solutions implemented by the towns and cities that have obtained this recognition.
THE 34 TOWNS AND CITIES AWARDED THE LABEL IN 2022:
Four levels of labelling are symbolised by small yellow bicycles displayed on the signs that the municipalities set up at their town limits. The label criteria (set out in the application file for the second promotion, which can still be downloaded via the link below for your information) look at the cycling infrastructure development strategy, concrete actions to promote cycling (e.g. learning in school, awareness campaigns and recreational rides) and the support provided to clubs and various associations involved in cycling in their area.
Tour de France CSR Manager Karine Bozzacchi explains how the great disparity in resources between large cities such as Paris or Rotterdam and rural towns of a few hundred residents are taken into account when awarding the label, as is only natural: "While it can be hard for a small town to build a bike path, implementing 30 km/h zones in some neighbourhoods is more feasible and still shows a real commitment to supporting cycling as a means of transport."
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