Today, on the occasion of the Wecyc (We cycle) Week 2022, hundreds of people in Hue city joined the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, Thua Thien Hue Institute of Development Studies (HueIDS) and Ashui.com in a campaign to promote cycling culture in Vietnam’s municipalities.
The Wecyc Week was firstly launched in Vietnam in 2019 by Ashui.com. Mr. Le Viet Ha, founder of Ashui.com, says: ‘Wecyc Week, which takes place in the first week of June every year, aims at promoting cycling culture in municipalities and changing their residents’ travelling habit by cars and motorbikes into safe and environmentally friendly cycling trips.’ .
The campaign, which is a joint initiative of the Embassy of Denmark, HueIDS and Ashui.com includes an early morning group cycling around Hue citadel, an exhibition titled ‘Copenhagen – Livable City – Cycling City’ and a seminar on ‘Biking – A Story of Green Commute’ with participation of keynote speakers from Copenhagen, Tokyo, Hanoi and Hue city. Mr. Kim Højlund Christensen, Ambassador of Denmark to Vietnam, says: ‘I am very happy to be back to Hue city with this encouraging initiative to support Hue’s efforts to transform the city into a Cycling City.
Biking is a popular, natural and practical solution for most Danes. In Copenhagen, half of all trips to work and educational institutions are done by bike. This is a result of more than half a century of continuous efforts, planning, determination and commitment from all layers of society, not least the political level. I hope that the stories, innovative ideas and experiences gained from different Danish and Vietnamese experts at the seminar and exhibition will be inspirational and helpful to the people of Hue and beyond. I wish you all the best in achieving your ambition of becoming a Cycling City in the near future’.
Mr. Cung Trong Cuong, Director of HueIDS, says: ‘HueIDS is very thrilled to be part of this meaningful campaign as it is a good opportunity for Hue to gain access to Danish experts and experiences on biking promotion, since Denmark and Copenhagen are quite ahead of us in this field. I hope that this cooperation will sustain until Hue becomes a Cycling City as we are striving for.’ 2 The exhibition ‘Copenhagen – Liveable City – Cycling City’, opened to the public on June 7th 2022 along the bank of the Huong river. It illustrates Copenhagen’s efforts over the past 20 years to transform the city into one of the most liveable and cycling friendly cities in the world.
Audiences to the exhibition will find innovative and bold projects, e.g. an artificial skiing slope on top of a waste treatment plant, the idea of transforming a traditional bridge into a highly popular public hangout place by expanding sidewalks with additional benches and bike paths, or building various beautiful and unique cycling bridges that connect different areas on the two sides of the capital city’s canal. Further, a seminar on ‘Biking – A Story of Green Commute’, held on the same day, established a forum to connect and facilitate exchanges of experience, knowledge and innovative ideas between Danish experts from the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and Vietnamese experts from HueIDS, the National Traffic Safety Committee and local decision-makers, experts, researchers, representatives from various community organizations and media. The campaign is part of the Embassy of Denmark’s long-term cooperation with Vietnam in supporting the country’s green transition and its endeavors to reach net zero emissions by 2050 as pledged by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at COP26 (Glasgow).