If you explore your surroundings by looking through green glasses, you are on a clim@ventures. It doesn't matter if you are walking, riding a bike, or even using a
car - anyway there are a lot of advantages and additional experiences:
Cycling is healthy. Cycling is fun. But above all, cycling is an optimal form of climate-friendly transportation! However, cycling in many cities is unfortunately not always safe. And many places have not (yet) adapted their infrastructure well to the needs of cyclists. When approaching a city or town via bike questions arise:
How do you get into a place as a cyclist? On a safe bike path? Next to a noisy federal highway? Once you are in the town - how does it look like for a cyclist to get around? Are there many bike lanes or traffic-calmed zones in towns where cyclists are also allowed to ride? Are there safer barriers? Are there service stations, e.g. to have a small repair done?
We will explore these questions on selected routes for selected cities or towns – within Germany, Europe and and also outside of Europe! The research assignments encourage students to conduct similar research in the areas around their homes and, if necessary, to become politically active if a situation is not satisfactory: combine engagement for climate protection with sports, fun and fitness!
300 km, 2500 meters of altitude - but only 100 km on bike paths! The balance of my little self-experience tour is very mixed. Wonderful landscapes, cozy little villages but the primacy of cars - especially in the small towns - have shown me: There is still a lot to do before the bicycle will replace the car as a safe means of transport. I'm staying tuned! And I am not alone: In Germany, there are more and more municipalities where citizens are calling for a better cycling infrastructure. And maybe I can also activate and motivate kids from schools in the future to get involved politically - after experiencing for themselves a "micro bike adventure" in their neighborhood....
a little story about cycling with "new eyes": Where are bike lanes? Is there a traffic-calmed area in the city? Are cyclists allowed to ride in pedestrian zones? Could I find a bike repair shop....
"with pleasure and few carbon-dioxid": from Glonn to Bilbao. 3600 km with an electric car, many breaks - and without running out of electrcity....
On our roadtrip we meet our son Niklas, on his charity-bike-tour through Europe: collecting money for the rainforest: 3000 € - 3000 km 3000 trees!
A little research on sustainable projects and bike-friendly travel along the "sun route" of the "Euro-Velo 7". The trip also has to do with my job: For climate education in schools, I work on projects that are intended to motivate students to deal with a climate-friendly lifestyle. Travel is definitely one of them!
My own and personal research on traces of green change in Europe is a test for a climate education project with young people from 4 European countries, who are also to go on a search for traces of green change in Europe - in their regional environment in their respective countries - as part of an Erasmus program funded by the European Union. They will exchange their answers to "Green Change in Europe" with students from Sweden, Italy, Austria and Germany, identify differences and similarities and visualize their findings on a European map of green change.
Green travel" brings cyclists into contact on the "warm-showers" platform (https://www.warmshowers.org/). And from time to time they come to Glonn and with them many thousand kilometers of "green travel experience" by bike. So Lydia and Em from London and Katja and Mirco from Slovenia/Czech Republic. Great to host them, listen to their sustainable way of life and sharing experiences on travelling with "green glasses".
In July 2022 Lidia (from Spain) joined us with her small team from "climate-shifter" (https://www.instagram.com/climate_shifter/). As part of an Erasmus project, they are accompanying a cycling friend on his NorthCape4000 challenge (https://www.northcape4000.com/). On the way, they also put on their "green glasses", looking for projects and people who are committed to fighting climate change and to more
sustainability. Through the platform "warm-showers" (https://de.warmshowers.org/) they found us in Glonn. We did a self-test at a wind turbine near us and measured the noise - compared to an electric lawnmower and conversation.
Talking loud (average: 82,7 dB(A)) is about 2x as loud as the wind turbine and the sounds of the forest (average 48,9 dB(A)