02 June 2017

IIASA staff set the pace in bike commuting

During the month of May, IIASA staff members rode their bicycles over 15,000 kilometers to and from the office, as part of a national campaign to encourage more sustainable commuting options.

©Katherine Leitzell | IIASA

©Katherine Leitzell | IIASA

This May, 70 IIASA staff members took part in the Austrian bike to work initiative Oesterreich radelt zur Arbeit” riding 15,926 kilometers. That was the second most of any company or organization taking part in the Austrian campaign for 2017. 

In May, IIASA staff members also received an award for their participation in the 2016 event from the Energy and Environment Agency of Lower Austria, the RADLand Mobilitätspreis 2017. The award was a service station for bikes, which will be installed at IIASA.

This is the fourth year that IIASA has organized a Bike to Work Month in May. Within IIASA, the effort is led by staff members, with support from the institute’s staff association. Each year has seen a rise in participation and interest from staff members. While the climate impact of each individual bike commute may be small, IIASA researchers say that the effort is worthwhile for a number of reasons, for example because it brings one personal action in line with messages from IIASA research, and because it can help spread awareness and influence others to change behavior.

IIASA staff members received internal awards for most kilometers and most days ridden, supported by the IIASA Staff Association. ©Judith Jandrinitsch

IIASA researcher Robert Sander (middle), accepts a prize on behalf of the institute from Stefan Pernkopf, deputy of the Landeshauptfrau Johanna Mikl-Leitner (left), and Director of the Energy and Environment Agency of Lower Austria Herbert Greisberger (right) ©NLK Johann Pfeiffer



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