On the 30th of May, the Royal Danish Embassy in China organised its annual “Climate Race”event together with the China Bicycle Association in order to raise public awareness on modern urban lifestyle, green transportation and climate change.
This was the fifth time thatthe Danish Embassy has organized the “Climate Race”.
Danish Ambassador Mr.Friis Arne Petersen opened the event, along with Mr. Ma Zhongchao,President of the ChineseCycling Association, Mrs.GrazielaMalucelli, Vice President for the Danish bio-tech company Novozymes in China and Mr. Peter Schou, Managing Director of Rockwool China.
After gathering at the Embassy, participants went on a bike ride in downtown Beijing’sChaoyangDistrict.
“‘Climate Race’ is an established Embassy tradition that I hope will carry on. As always, we arrange this to promote green transportation and environmental protection,” said Ambassador Mr. Friis Arne Petersen.
"This year is coincidently the 65th anniversary of founding of diplomatic relationship between China and Denmark, I hope that the cyclists of our two countries can know each other through cycling culture exchange and activities, and contribute to the friendship and cooperation between China and Denmark. "said Ma Zhongchao,President of the ChineseCycling Association
“The Danish cycling culture is world famous. About half of all people living in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, commute to work or school by bike. Cycling is not only smart because it is a fast and easy way to get around. It is also a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.”
In parallel with bike riding, there were a series of activities for children at the Embassy compound, including traffic safety instruction by the Danish police commissioner in Beijing,
a small biking test conducted by the bike manufacturerTriace and a charity sale organized by Rockwool and the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund.
Throughout the day, a bike exhibition was also held at the Embassy by the Beijing-based bike shop Natooke.
The Danish government is committed to transformingthe countryto be completely independent from fossil fuel by 2050, in which the transportation sector plays a key role.
The Chinese Cycling Association is the only nationallevel organization for this sport in China. The organization is dedicated to leading and boosting industry development, while at the same time actively participates in public welfare programs, promotes bicycle culture, advocates low-carbon transportation lifestyle and fulfils its social responsibilities.
Many companies took part in the event and supported the good cause. Among them were Danish companies Novozymes and Rockwool, the bike manufacturer Triace, as well as biking gear companies such as Huace, Topeak Sports and Donen.