BICYCLE-MAD CULTURAL CAPITAL OFFICE
Here at the Cultural Capital foundation we love our bikes – riding them to work, taking them to meet people all over the city, riding along the seafront of an evening or paying friends a visit. We’re convinced that if one day a significant number of Tallinn’s residents are getting about the city by bike we’ll have the same status on the roads as busses, trams, pedestrians and cars and the city will look truly European.
Our foundation was one of the groups behind the ‘Cyclicious Estonia’ project – working with our partners we will be encouraging the residents of the city to use bikes as everyday means of transport. To set the example, we’re as bike-friendly as we can be: a lot of us cycle to work, and we have our own secure parking spaces in the courtyard. If the weather’s hot we even have somewhere we can take a shower and cool off, although you tend to be able to get around the city by bike without breaking much of a sweat, so we don’t always need to make use of it. We also often head to meetings on two wheels, which is why we recommend that companies and organisations point out on their websites where they best place to park bikes is nearby.
In April we rode to the TV studio to record the ‘Battle of the Choirs’ show with the Cultural Capital singers on our bikes, to show people that bicycles cope just as well in the big city even if there’s a thin carpet of snow on the ground. The good people at the TV station allowed us to park our bikes in the cloakroom – they’re only just starting to construct an area especially for bicycles.
If you come into the Cultural Capital office, the easiest place to secure your bike is to the rails on the other side of the road fencing off the footpath.
The groups behind ‘Cyclicious Estonia’ are the Tallinn 2011 foundation, the Estonian Green Movement, the New World Community, the Vänta Aga Cycling Club, the non-profit organisation Yeast Factory Workshop and the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Find out more online at www.rattarikkaks.ee.