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Project "Cyclicious Estonia"

Detailed description of the Good Practice

“Cyclicious Estonia” ("Eesti rattarikkaks") was initiated with the goal to inspire city residents to use bicycles as everyday transportation. You can drive, walk, or take public transport, but it’s especially comfortable to use a bicycle when you’re within the city’s borders. Riding a bike means no worries about traffic jams or expensive parking - a bicycle is the simplest means of getting around.

cycling
transport
sustainable mobility

Objectives of the Good Practice

to inspire city residents to use bicycles as everyday transportation.

Participants of the Good Practice

“Cyclicious Estonia” founders: Estonian Green Movement, Uue Maailma selts, Tallinn 2011, Vänta Aga ja Estonian University of Life SciencesOur enterprise receives support from the National Foundation of Civil Society.
Our partners are: CityBike OÜ, Teeme Ära 2008 team and Minu Eesti, Estonian University Students Environmental Union Sorex,Student Society of Estonian Landscape Architects, EMÜ Environmental Defense University Students Society, Üliõpilaste Selts, Tartu Üliõpilaste Looduskaitsering, Mäering, Rattamatkaklubi, Tartu Second-use Center, Uuskasutuskeskus (New-use Center), Hawaii Express, Electrabike, Hunt Advertising and the printing houses Ecoprint and Paar.
citizens of Estonia

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of Estonia

Funding of the Good Practice

the National Foundation of Civil Society

More Details of the Good Practice

People often resist bicycle transport due to myths. Those who don’t use bicycles for travel to school or work often believe you need a special athletic riding gear or that you need special shower facilities at work. Those who are used to using a bike know that for transport within the city—trips usually under five kilometers—no special conditions are necessary. “Cyclicious Estonia” would like to inspire city residents to cover these short distances on a bicycle.

 

Copenhagen is an excellent role model for us among northern countries. There the bicycle culture is one hundred years old. The city has been designed—especially over the last thirty years—so that it hasn’t been given over to cars, with plenty of room reserved for bicycles and people.

 

In Estonia’s traffic culture during the last 20 years, public transport, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic has significantly declined. Our bigger cities are packed with cars, and road- and intersection planning is done for four-wheeled transport. Billions are allotted for road construction projects yet funds are cut for the financing of light transport infrastructure. People’s way of thinking about transportation during the next 10 to 20 years can be changed, as well as where the state and cities make investments.
So that a bicycle culture can take root and develop in Estonian cities, and to simply get people on bikes, our plans are:

    * to collect the best examples of organizations, businesses, universities, and cities, where bicycle riders are valued;
    * to create opportunities to share these experiences with everyone who is interested in furthering a bicycle culture;
    * to select the most “Cyclicious Estonia“ city, employer, and university, and introduce those already in Estonia from whom we can learn;
    * to make obtaining an affordable bicycle easier in Tallinn and Tartu and encourage people to give new life to their unused bicycles by teaching basic repair;
    * to create internet-based bicycle transit maps where all bicycle-friendly routes are marked.

Documentation and documents

Cyclicious Estonia project website http://www.rattarikkaks.ee/

Available files

Contact details

Our initiatives’s coordinator: Maario Laas, e-mail maario(@)rattarikkaks.ee, tel 53 45 94 64
Tallinn coordinator: Mari Jüssi, e-mail mari(@)rattarikkaks.ee
Tartu coordinator Ilmar Part: e-mail ilmar(@)rattarikkaks.ee, tel 50 30 915
Communications Director: Ingrid Piirsalu ingrid(@)rattarikkaks.ee, tel 56 46 40 35

Data sources and references

Cyclicious Estonia project website http://www.rattarikkaks.ee/
http://www.minueesti.ee/?lng=en&leht=92,135,297 (Accessed June 24, 2009)