Rules in detail

Aims

  • To cover as many kilometres as possible by bike for both private and professional purposes within the local three-week TOUR du DUERF campaign period (and beyond).

    • To help your team or municipality place well in the overall ranking.
    • To help protect the climate and create a liveable environment where bikes are used as a “zero-emissions vehicle”.
    • To participate in the campaign and cover as many kilometres as possible by bike to help make clear to local decision-makers how important climate protection and cycling promotion are and how many people actually already use their bike and rely on there being good cycling infrastructure.
    • To act as role models for sustainable mobility as local politicians and team captains, and encourage fellow citizens to form their own teams and get involved in the campaign.
    • To lead a healthy life, experience how cycling can be a flexible mode of transport and ultimately have fun!

General Information

  • Before you can participate in TOUR du DUERF, your local municipality (or region) must first register officially for the campaign.

    • Anyone who lives, works, belongs to a club or attends school or university in a participating municipality is able to participate in TOUR du DUERF.
    • Once your municipality has been added to the list of participating municipalities, you can sign up in the cyclist portal, then either join an existing team or form a new one. If you decide to form a new team, you will automatically be designated the team captain and assigned additional user rights in the online cycling log.
    • In addition to members of local parliaments, school groups, clubs, companies, organisations, citizens, etc. are also able to form their own teams.
    • It is not possible to participate in TOUR du DUERF as a “teamless” cyclist – after all, climate protection and cycling promotion require teamwork! Therefore, you will need to decide which team you wish to join. Alternatively, you can form your own team – two people already counts as a team – or join your municipality’s “open” team. If you are the only active cyclist in a team when the seven-day grace period for entering kilometres after the 21-day campaign period ends, you will automatically be moved to the municipality’s “open” team. Your original team will then be deleted (including any statements entered by the team captain). Please note that this only applies if you actually logged any kilometres.
    • Each cyclist may only belong to one single team and therefore also only have one single online cycling log.
    • It is possible to record the kilometres cycled by multiple cyclists (e.g. entire families, school classes, etc.) in the same online cycling log – see the next section for details.
    • TOUR du DUERF takes place from 17.09 - 7.10. It is up to you to decide on which days and how many days you actually wish to cycle.
    • Team captains should be prepared to make statements (e.g. on why people should participate) and to upload a photo of themselves or of the team. Statements and photos can be uploaded to the team captain’s online cycling log. These will then be published on the municipality’s subpage along with the team name.

Recording kilometres

  • Every kilometre covered by bike for professional or private purposes during the 21-day period can be counted; (cycling) competitions as well as indoor training on stationary bikes (e.g. spinning bikes) are excluded here.

    • It does not matter where the kilometres were covered – after all, climate protection knows no city or state boundaries.
    • You can still form a team when TOUR du DUERF is already underway, right up until the last day in the campaign; it is alternatively possible for you to simply join an existing team. You can enter kilometres retroactively as long as they were covered during the three-week campaign period.
    • It is not possible to register new cyclists, or to form or switch teams during the seven-day grace period after the local campaign has ended.
    • It is up to you to decide how detailed you want to your kilometre entries to be (each individual trip, a daily total or – at the very least – a grand total at the end of each TdD week).
    • The kilometres you enter will automatically be credited to your team and municipality/region. If you are collecting kilometres for a municipality in a region (discernible by the addition of “Municipality of X in the region of Y”), you will also automatically collect climate-friendly kilometres for the region.
    • The team and municipal results will be published on the website. The results of individual cyclists will not be made public.
    • The kilometres cycled should be recorded in the online cycling log as soon as possible, as the results are updated daily to enable a more rapid and accurate comparison with other teams and municipalities. This helps to enhance the campaign’s competition character. Please enter the kilometres you have cycled by the end of each TdD week at the latest.
    • When large events such as a critical mass are held, it is not possible to merely estimate the number of participants and to enter an estimated total number of kilometres.
    • Pedelecs (average engine output of 250 W, support cuts out at 25 km/h) can be used during the campaign. This is because they are classified as bicycles in the Luxembourg "Code de la route" and are in fact even more reliant on good cycling infrastructure – and that is ultimately one of the long-term goals of the TdD campaign.


Cyclists with internet access

    Keep a record of the kilometres you cycle during the 21-day campaign period and enter these in your online cycling log. To access the cyclist portal, you will need to complete a one-off registration on the TOUR du DUERF website. This involves entering your name and email address. Once you have signed up, you can simply log into the cyclist portal in the same way that you would an email account.

        Recording kilometres for several people

          It is possible to record the kilometres cycled by individual or multiple cyclists (e.g. school classes, families, etc.) in the online cycling log. To add the kilometres for a group, you will need to adjust the number of cyclists managed through one account in the online cycling log (Settings > Number of cyclists). Once you have done this, you can simply enter the total kilometres covered.

            Exception: Members of municipal councils/regional comitees are only allowed to enter their own kilometres!

              PLEASE NOTE: only cyclists who have recorded kilometres for one single person in the online cycling log can be considered for the most active (individual) cyclists category in the local awards. 

                  Smartphone users

                  Kilometres can also be entered via the brand-new TdD / CITY CYCLING app (for Android and iOS systems). In addition to countless other features, the app allows you to enter the kilometres you have cycled manually (meaning you no longer need to log into the website) or recorded using the GPS function.

                  The TOUR du DUERF / CITY CYCLING app tracks your exact route and calculates the kilometres you have covered.

                  A number of different results overviews are available and there is a comment function to communicate with your teams, e.g. to organise tours together or motivate one another.


                  Cyclists with no internet access

                  Keep a record of the kilometres you cycle during the 21-day campaign period and forward it to your team captain. The latter will then enter the kilometres on your behalf (also every week).



                  You can enter kilometres up to seven days after the TOUR du DUERF campaign has ended; no entries or changes are possible after this time!

                  Who wins at TOUR du DUERF?

                  The climate, the environment, and each and every one of us! Every kilometre covered by bicycle instead of by car saves the environment 142 g of CO2 (according to the German Federal Environment Agency), means less traffic congestion, fewer exhaust fumes and less noise – and leads to more liveable cities and municipalities!

                  On a european level, Climate Alliance confers prizes in two categories within each of the five population groups (based on the number of inhabitants):

                  • Most active local parliaments (kilometres per parliamentarian in proportion to the total participating parliamentarians)
                  • Most active municipalities with the most kilometres cycled (absolute figures)
                  • The best newcomer municipalities in the three population groups with the most newcomer municipalities will also be honoured.

                  On a national level: Verkéiersverbond & Klima-Bündnis Lëtzebuerg will award the best municipalities from the G.D. Luxembourg.

                  On the local level, the participating municipalities are encouraged to award prizes to the best local teams and/or cyclists.

                  Possible categories include:

                  • Largest teams: the teams able to motivate the most cyclists to participate
                  • Most active teams: the teams to cycle the most kilometres (absolute figures)
                  • Teams with the most active cyclists: the teams with the most kilometres cycled per participant (average)
                  • Most active cyclists: the individuals to cycle the most kilometres

                  For information on local awards, kick-off and closing events, cycling tours, etc., please see the subpage for your municipality. You will also find the contact details for the local coordinators there.

                  Data protection & liability

                  Participation in the TOUR du DUERF campaign is voluntary and at participants’ own risk. There is no recourse to legal action.

                  For more information on data protection, please see tourduduerf.org/datenschutz.