Who is able to participate in the TOUR du DUERF campaign?

  • Members of the city councils/regional commitees of participating municipalities/regions
  • Inhabitants of participating municipalities/regions
  • Anyone who works, belongs to a club or attends school or university in a participating municipality/region

Where can I see if my municipality is participating?

All participating municipalities/regions are listed in the overview. Should your municipality/region not feature in this list, then why not approach your municipality (administration, city council, etc.) and suggest that they participate in the campaign?

How can I sign up?

Your municipality (or region) first needs to register for the campaign, after which teams can be formed or joined.

To make the competition even more exciting, cyclists are now able to form subteams (e.g. for individual departments or classes) within their main team (company, school, public authority, club, etc.). The kilometres cycled count towards the subteam as well as the main team. First, sign up for TOUR du DUERF and join a main team. You will then have the option to “Create a new subteam” under “My team” after logging in. The person to create the subteam is automatically appointed as the subteam captain.

You can then get cycling and enter your climate-friendly kilometres in the online cycle log.

When can I get involved?

The TOUR du DUERF campaign in Luxembourg takes place between 10th and 30th of September. 

Where can I sign up and record the kilometres I have cycled?

  • Participants with internet access are able to sign up for the online cycle log by entering their name and email address as soon as the log has been activated for their municipality/region. After signing up, the kilometres cycled can be entered here, which will then automatically be credited to the team and municipality.
  • Participants with a smartphone are able to use the TOUR du DUERF / CITY CYCLING app (for Android and iOS systems) to enter their kilometres. The app is very handy (it is no longer necessary to log in via the website) and it is even possible to simply use your mobile phone’s GPS function to calculate the exact route and kilometres covered.
  • Participants with no internet access have to sign up through their team-captain and forward him their kilometres so that he/she can enter them into the cycle log. 

Which kilometres count towards TOUR du DUERF and how are they recorded?

Each and every kilometre covered by bike for professional or private purposes during the 21-day campaign period can be counted; Cycling competitions as well as indoor training on stationary bikes (e.g. spinning bikes) cannot be included here.

The kilometres cycled can be measured/estimated using an odometer (tachometer or cycle computer), the TdD / CITY CYCLING app or a route planning tool such as Naviki, for example.

Who checks the correctness of the kilometres recorded? Can’t the distances cycled be doctored?

TOUR du DUERF lives from the principle of fair play and relies on the honesty of cyclists. It is not possible to check the kilometres entered by the tens of thousands of cyclists participating in the campaign, nor do we wish to do so. This being said, we ask that the municipal coordinators look into any “unusual” activities and to review these as necessary. “Social checks” among and within teams also tend to work.

This being said, the actual aim of the campaign is simply to get more people – and particularly local politicians as decision-makers for cycling promotion – on their bikes and to facilitate more effective public presentation and addressing of this issue by means of a competition. At the same times, cyclists demonstrate to those responsible with their participation how important climate protection and cycling promotion are to them and how many people are already using their bikes today.

Why should I get involved as a local politician?

Take advantage of the TOUR du DUERF campaign to gain an insight into life as a cyclist for (at least) 21 days and experience the traffic situation for cyclists in your municipality first hand. The real experts on cycle policy are all those, who have considered the matter from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. Why not refine your senses and enhance your awareness to help improve the situation for cyclists.

You also should not underestimate – and indeed should also use – your role model function as a member of the local parliament: with your participation, you show others how important climate protection and sustainable mobility are. What’s more, in the process, the kilometres you cycle help your municipality achieve a good ranking in the “Most active local parliament” prize category.

Who is considered a member of the local parliament?

Important for those wishing to register for the “Most active municipal parliament” prize category.

When a cyclist signs up for the first time, they will be asked about their status as a member of the local parliament. This information is decisive for the prize category of “Most active municipal parliament” in which Climate Alliance acknowledges municipalities’ achievements.

In principle, members of the local parliament are all persons belonging to the municipal/regional council or committee. A right to vote is always decisive here. 

I cycle every day anyway. Why should I still participate?

With your participation, you show those responsible for cycling in your municipality how important climate protection and cycling promotion are to you. The larger the number of cyclists who participate, the clearer – and louder – this signal will be! The (political) decision-makers will be made (more) aware how many cyclists there are and how many journeys are already being completed by bike in the municipality so that these road users must also be afforded more space. 

I barely cycle/only cycle short distances. Why should I still participate?

Every kilometre travelled by bike is almost inevitably a contribution to climate protection, too! Hence every kilometre cycled and every cyclist counts. TOUR du DUERF is not intended as a competition among individuals but rather a communal undertaking in which as many people as can and wish are able to participate. Perhaps you cycle so little because you are unhappy with the conditions for cyclists: your participation will help make the call for more cycling promotion louder! 

Particularly short journeys covered by car harbour considerable savings potential. In the first few kilometres, a cold engine needs up to 30 litres per 100 kilometres and the wear on the engine is particularly high. By covering shorter distances by bike, you will not only increase the life of your car but also save money and help avoid even more climate-damaging CO2 being released into the atmosphere!

Why do you provide information on the CO2 avoided?

Beside promoting cycling and facilitating a long-term improvement in the cycling infrastructure, the TOUR du DUERF campaign aims to help protect the climate – this is also one of the overall aims of Climate Alliance. We strive to communicate and raise awareness using the simplest, most comprehensible messages possible. Every journey covered by bike is essentially environmental and climate protection as a matter of course. And this is what makes it so great!

We always consciously speak of CO2 avoidance and not savings, as we know that not every journey covered by bike actually saved/replaced a journey by car. Strictly speaking, people who do not own a car cannot save CO2 – the fact that their behaviour still has a positive impact on the environment should be undisputed, which we also wish to take into account and acknowledge.

The campaign does not make any scientific claim. By indicating the CO2 avoided (based on 154 g of CO2 saved per kilometre cycled, according to the German Federal Environment Agency) we merely wish to illustrate the positive effects cycling can have on our mobility behaviour – and how much greater these effects can be if more people choose to regularly switch to using their bicycle, naturally also beyond the TOUR du DUERF campaign period!

(Why) do trips with a pedelec count?

Pedelecs (250 W average engine power, support regulated at 25 km/h) are permitted in the TOUR du DUERF campaign as they are considered bicycles within the scope of the Luxembourg "Code de la route". Studies moreover show that pedelecs are also climate-friendly vehicles in terms of the battery production: with less than 6 g of CO2 per kilometre, they emit around 20 times less CO2 than an economical car with a combustion engine.

Pedelecs also deserve support, as they significantly increase a bike’s radius of use and can make cycling accessible to a great many new cyclists. A great deal of potential exists to reduce the number of journeys completed by car.

And last but not least: due to their high average speed, pedelec cyclists are also – and perhaps even more – reliant on good cycling infrastructure!

What else do I need to know about participating in TOUR du DUERF?

For the details of the full conditions of participation, please see the rules of participation.

Will the TOUR du DUERF campaign also take place next year?