Press Release 064/2014

Sustainable: Bike Rental and Workshop for Refugees

“Im│Puls Oststadt“ Idea Award of the KIT Urban Development Project “District Future – Urban Lab” Goes to the Initiative “Bikes Without Borders” of the Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe
Voluntary helpers of “Bikes Without Borders” can repair bicycles outdoors only, a workshop is lacking. (Photo: Tobias Fleiter, Bikes Without Borders)

The number of refugees coming to Germany increases. Hence, integration as part of a sustainable urban development is of increasing importance. To enhance the mobility and activity of asylum seekers in Karlsruhe and to support their intercultural exchange, the initiative “Bikes Without Borders” rents and re-pairs bicycles free of charge. For its concept, it is now granted the “Im│Puls Oststadt” Idea Award. In this way, the urban de-velopment project “District Future – Urban Lab” of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) acknowledges perceptible stimuli for a sustainable urban life.



Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

lcp, 16.05.2014


Monika Landgraf
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Quartier Zukunft – Strategie, Kommunikation und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
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Tobias Fleiter
Bikes Without Border
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