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ÖBB and 'Österreich radelt' Encourage Cycling for Biodiversity in Austria

ÖBB and 'Österreich radelt' Encourage Cycling for Biodiversity in Austria
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02 / 06 / 2023

ÖBB, Austria's number one climate protection company in the mobility sector, and "Österreich radelt", the country's largest cycling initiative, are once again calling on people to cycle for more biodiversity and species diversity. It also saves CO2 and promotes climate-friendly mobility.

For the "ÖBB Bienen- und Blumenradeln" (ÖBB bee and flower cycling), it is, therefore, once again a matter of pedalling with full energy from the Day of the Bicycle on June 3 to the holiday on June 8. After the last year's success, the goal has even been doubled again. All cycling enthusiasts in Austria should diligently collect cycling kilometres and record them in their "Österreich radelt" profile during the campaign period because only registered kilometres can also be counted for the campaign. If this year's target of 400,000 kilometres is reached, ÖBB will set up another flowering meadow to protect biodiversity and promote biodiversity.

Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler is pleased about the renewed cooperation between "Österreich radelt" and ÖBB, stating that "more and more people are taking part in "Österreich radelt" and are on the move in a climate-friendly way on two wheels. With ÖBB Bienen- und Blumenradeln, we combine cycling with the promotion of biodiversity and species diversity. In this way, we can protect our valuable nature with its colourful diversity – for our climate, habitats and natural spaces for wild bees, butterflies and co."

ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä supports the campaign, too. "The bicycle and public transport are the perfect combinations. As one of the largest climate protection companies in the country, we are particularly committed to biodiversity on the land next to the railroad. And if you want to support us in this, use the first days of June to get on your bike and cycle with us to the next ÖBB flower meadow."

In addition to the "ÖBB Rail Bees" project, ÖBB is promoting flowering meadows throughout Austria to promote biodiversity and species diversity. At a total of 14 locations, around 12,400 m² of flowering areas for insects and co. have already been created to date. The flowering meadow cycled by "ÖBB Bienen- und Blumenradeln" (ÖBB Bee and Flower Cycling) would thus be the 15th to offer an even more insect-friendly habitat.

Source: ÖBB