Montenegro Critical Mass highlights carbon saving potential of cycling
2 February 2016
Montenegro's 29th Critical Mass, #MonteGreen, took place on 30 January 2016 in the capital Podgorica. The event, celebrating the COP21 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, saw more than 150 cyclists journey from the main city square (Trg Republike) to the front of the UN’s Eco House.
The ride was organised by NGO Biciklo.me in cooperation with the UN System in Montenegro and the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. At the end of the journey, UNDP’s Resident Representative and Coordinator, Fiona McCluney, highlighted the CO2 savings of riding a bicycle in comparison with driving, noting that the Critical Mass cycle would have expended 280 kg of CO2 if driven. Ms McCluney also spoke in favour of an anti-idling campaign, which encourages drivers to turn off their engines when waiting in a car for longer than 20 seconds.
The event took place as part of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK’s MOBILITYACTIONs series, which offers a platform to NGOs, citizen groups, employers and other organisations to promote their own local MOBILITYACTIONS. The platform offers inspiration to others and provides a basis for collaboration with cities participating in the Week. Actions that generate the greatest impact will be invited to share their experience at the annual workshops for the campaign, which are held in spring.