Minister President of the state of Baden-Württemberg
About 200 years ago a Baden-Württemberg invention, the dandy horse, revolutionised personal mobility. The bicycle is a modern, versatile and health-promoting means of transport and it provides the answers to many of the challenges that we face on our roads. I couldn't think of a better reason to join you in getting on my bike and celebrating this innovation as it should be celebrated.
Minister of Transport for the state of Baden-Württemberg
In 2017 we celebrated 200 years of the bicycle – with pride! We did raise the profile of the bicycle in the bicentenary year with lots of events and campaigns and made even more people enthusiastic cyclists.
In order to celebrate the 2017 bicycle bicentenary with as varied a range of activities as possible across Baden-Württemberg, the state administration has been looking for exciting ideas for bicycle-focused events. The winners have been chosen and their ideas are going to be realised the next years.
The bicycle bicentenary gives us an opportunity to look back at the origins of the bicycle and its development, and to use a travelling show to highlight the benefits of this means of transport, and to showcase the importance of the bicycle and the latest trends and developments. So in 2017 several cargo bikes toured the state on the "Anniversary Tour. The most sustainable roadshow in the world."
In addition to the state of Baden-Württemberg, numerous other bodies for which cycling is an important issue were actively involved in celebrating the bicentenary, including by running campaigns and events.
Mannheim, the birthplace of the bicycle, is using the dialect version of the city's name for the title of its large programme of events celebrating the bicycle bicentenary – "Monnem Bike".
Karlsruhe, the birthplace of Karl Drais, is celebrating the bicycle bicentenary with an extensive programme of events.
Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport
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In order to promote the joy of cycling, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport launched the RadKULTUR initiative in 2012. Todays it is still inviting people and organisations get involved in cycling campaigns and events in Baden-Württemberg, and to get on their bikes.