The mission of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is to develop cycling at all levels, from elite competitions through to the use of bikes as a leisure activity and means of transport.
Experience has shown that these different levels of our sport are, in fact, closely linked: people who have the opportunity to witness an elite cycling event are more likely to be motivated to increase their own use of bikes.
Relaunched in 2015, the UCI Bike City label supports and reward cities and regions which not only host major UCI cycling events but also invest in developing community cycling and related infrastructure and programmes.
So far, 14 cities and regions have received the UCI Bike City label, each having developed outstanding strategies combining commitment to elite cycling by hosting UCI events, and investment in cycling for all:
- In 2016, during the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, three cities and regions were awarded the UCI Bike City label: the Norwegian city of Bergen and the Dutch regions of Drenthe and Limburg-Valkenburg.
- During the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, five cities and regions were awarded UCI Bike City status: Fyn, Denmark; Gelderland, the Netherlands; Heusden-Zolder, Belgium; Woensdrecht, the Netherlands and Yorkshire, Great Britain.
- During the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, the network saw the addition of two new cities: St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France; and Vancouver, Canada.
- During the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, four cities and regions received the UCI Bike City label: Copenhagen, Denmark (which first received the label in 2008); Glasgow, Great Britain; Paris, France; and Tirol, Austria.
The long-term aim is to develop a network of UCI Bike Cities, creating examples around the world of how cities can maximise the impact of sport to help create better, safer cities for all people on bikes, regardless of their age, level of fitness or cycling activity.
To be eligible for the UCI label, cities and regions will be assessed according to a broad range of criteria which demonstrate how elite cycling events can be part of an overall strategy to promote and achieve safe cycling for all.
There are two key pillars for assessment:
- Hosting UCI cycling events (UCI World Championships and World Cups)
- A clear, long term cycling strategy;
- Dedicated funding;
- Better infrastructure for bikes;
- Increase cycle usage;
- Reduce the risk of cycling;
- Mass participation and closed road events;
- Provide child cycle training;
- Measuring progress.
In order to receive the label, cities / regions must meet the criteria of both these pillars.
The award aims to engage the cities with UCI events, and with the UCI’s strategy to increase cycling in all its forms around the world. Benefits for the city or region include international recognition of both its strategy to increase cycle use, and its attractiveness as a cycle touring destination.
For general questions and applications please contact us at [email protected].
For more information feel free to download the complete information bookletUCI Bike City Label