SCNN's German Seminar began in 2009 as a discussion in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the "Fall of the Berlin Wall". This annual, educational event is designed to deliver the audience with an in-depth analysis and first hand accounts. With the Covid pandemic in full swing, the decision was made to go virtual instead of cancelling the long running series. The sustainability seminar featured the Mayor's Newport News and Greifswald and lead to the cities jointly participating in the City Cycling/Stadtradeln program help in May 2021.
Newport News' German Sister City of Greifswald has competed in the the EU based Climate Alliance program since 2008. The CITY CYCLING campaign for is a competition that involves completing as many daily journeys as possible in an environmentally-friendly manner using your bike over a 21-day period. "Whether you ride every day or cycled only rarely until now. Every kilometer counts – and even more so if you would have completed the journey by car."
Climate Alliance awards prizes to the most active local parliaments and the municipalities with the most kilometers in five population groups. The best newcomer municipalities in both categories are also honored for each population group. On the local level, the participating municipalities are encouraged to also award prizes to the best local teams and/or cyclists. The competition runs annually from 1 May through 30 September. In 2021 there are 2,164 cities participating with over 579,000 cyclists cycling more than 115,000,000 kilometers. The results of all participating municipalities and teams will be published on city-cycling.org/results. The full rules of participation are available at city-cycling.org/rules-details.
Newport News is hopeful that we can participate again in 2022. If you are interested in cycling or being part of the management team, email Sister Cities at firstname.lastname@example.org.