Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 26/2008

”Cycling to Work”

Regional Opening Event on June 03 at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe

This summer, the AOK and ADFC (General German Bicycle Club) are again organizing the large, Germany-wide action “Cycling to Work”. The “Health” and “Healthy University” working groups of the KIT partners, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe, support this action, as it counteracts the lack of movement that is responsible for various diseases of civilization. The regional opening event of “Cycling to Work” will take place on Tuesday, June 03, from 8 to 13 hrs at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (in front of the main entrance/southern gate). Representatives of the media and interested public will be welcome.

“Cycling to Work” intends to convince workers to cycle to their working place and, thus, to become “fitness commuters”. During the opening event on June 03, visitors will be informed about safe cycling, the police will encode bicycles, and recommendations will be given with respect to protecting the skin against ultraviolet radiation. Whoever will come to the Forschungszentrum by bike, may take part in a tombola and win, among others, a voucher for a travel in the amount of EUR 100. Prizes will also be awarded by the Unfallkasse Baden-Württemberg. At their booth, safety deficiencies of a specially prepared bicycle will have to be detected. But also those people, who have not come by bike, will be given the opportunity to cycle: Every kilometer driven on an ergometer will be turned into a donation to the Rappenwörth Nature Protection Center by local sponsors. Healthy beverages will be offered by the suppliers of the canteen of the Forschungszentrum. In case of bad weather, the event will take place in the entrance hall of the canteen.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Universität Karlsruhe. This merger will give rise to an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. In total, the KIT has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros. The KIT focuses on the knowledge triangle of research – teaching – innovation.

The Karlsruhe institution is a leading European energy research center and plays a visible role in nanosciences worldwide. KIT sets new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists and attracts top scientists from all over the world. Moreover, KIT is a leading cooperation partner of industry.

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Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer
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Phone: +49 721/608-2089
Fax: +49 721/608-3658

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Phone: +49 721 608-41150
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