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Icelanders Encouraged to Cycle to Work

The initiative Hjólad í vinnuna (“Cycle to work”) began in Iceland yesterday. Companies can register their employees on the initiative’s website and then compete against each other on the number of days of participation and the distance covered.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

However, the initiative is not limited to bicycles. Everyone who uses his or her “own energy” to get to work can participate in the competition, such as walking, jogging, skating etc.

Hjólad í vinnuna fuels the already increasing interest for cycling among Icelanders.

“The number of bikers always increases in spring and an initiative where people are encouraged to cycle to work has an impact. It is both good exercise and creates a feeling of fellowship at workplaces,” Pétur Jónsson at the bicycle store Örninn in Reykjavík told Morgunbladid.

“It is also a fact that the extensive increases to fuel prices lately have prompted people in ever growing numbers to use bicycles. People are not using their private cars as much as they used to,” Jónsson added.

Click here to read more about Hjólad í vinnuna.

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