Biketown Showdown

Used bikes for students

Background

The City of Knowledge is working to promote Lyngby-Taarbæk as an attractive university town for young adults and students looking for a place to study, live and visit. Therefore, the City of Knowledge and numerous collaborators have come together to promote activities to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year in Lyngby in September, including the bicycle project Biketown Showdown.

Short recap from Biketown Showdown by Jyske Bank (video in danish).

Biketown Showdown is a unique non-profit project in which old bicycles are collected and renovated. The project provides both Danish and international students with a good and fun start to the academic year, gives new life to old and abandoned bicycles, and contributes to public health, social life and sustainability.

The bikes are collected by the North Zealand Police, and are then repaired by students at TEC School, who are studying to become bicycle mechanics, and the Probation Service at Horserød State Prison, as part of their activation prisoner reintegration schemes. The local association and music house ‘The Temple’ are responsible for selling the bikes. The event itself takes place in the city centre in September and is arranged by a number of different partners.

The next Biketown Showdown event will be held September 16th 2018.

Purpose

The overall objective of Biketown Showdown is to help make Lyngby a student-friendly university town that promotes sustainable and non-profit traffic solutions – and to be a fun start to the academic year for students.

Audience

Biketown Showdown is an event for all Danish and international students at Lyngby-Taarbæk’s secondary and higher educational institutions. Students from all over the metropolitan area and other parts of the country are also welcome.

Project partners

North Zealand Police | TEC | Kriminalforsorgen | PF | DTU | Cphbusiness | Templet | Local newspaper DGO | Stenberg Transport | Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality | Danish Cyklist’ Federation | Lyngby-Taarbæk City of Knowledge and Urban Development

Pictures from previous years