Special edition newsletter: World launch of new WHO physical inactivity data arms advocates with more case-building evidence; Bike for Europe North and South teams embark on 1750km journey promoting physical activity and social inclusion.

New Lancet data illustrates inactivity challenge
– and between the lines, also the solutions!

Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg
At first sight, the new data from the World Health Organisation and Lancet Global Health can seem depressing – showing a stagnation or even an increase in inactivity levels. And there is no doubt that this situation is challenging. But when you take a closer look, there are actually some important insights that we in the grassroots sport sector can use. 

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The new Lancet Global Health results were announced internationally today by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and their international media partners, including ISCA. You can read the full press release here.

Bike for Europe North and South teams start their epic journeys to Vienna

Saturday 1 September was the big day for two teams of recreational cyclists who began their 1750km bike rides to Vienna from the north and south of Europe. The Deputy of the Dutch Province of Drenthe fired the starting gun to send the Bike for Europe North team on their way, leading a group of 1600 local cyclists, and the South team started delivering bikes to refugees in Greece as part of the tour’s Kilometre Donation Challenge before their departure in the scorching heat of Thessaloniki.

The Bike for Europe teams will meet as a symbolic gesture of European – and cross-continental – solidarity at the European Week of Sport opening on 22 September in Prater, Vienna, as an official #BeActive event. 

You can follow the team’s progress on Strava and the official Facebook event, as well as ISCA and NowWeMOVE social media channels. Today the North Team is in Brussels, Belgium, and the South Team is travelling through Bulgaria.

Province of Drenthe honours tour with surprise donation

Before the start of the Bike for Europe tour, the North Team took centre stage, being interviewed for the local TV broadcaster RTV Drenthe. But the greatest honour of the day was a surprise €1000 cheque from Drenthe Province Deputy Henk Jumelet and Municipality of Noordenveld Alderman Alex Wekema, to support the Bike for Europe Kilometre Donation Challenge and buy even more bicycles for people in need – a massive boost to the tour’s social inclusion campaign.

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South Team kick off tour in Thessaloniki, Greece

The South Team of Bike for Europe officially kicked off the tour on 1 September from Aristotelus Square, Thessaloniki, Greece with various sport for all events. As part of the NowWeBike #Bike for Europe opening event, the Greek NowWeMOVE coordinator and ISCA member Greenways Social Cooperative Enterprise gifted 25 bikes to a local organisation working actively with refugees based in the city of Seres. At 7:30pm, the team began their long trip to Vienna.

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Copenhagen and Ottawa become new world capitals

Each country has a capital city. Some countries, like Bolivia or South Africa for instance, have two. Capital cities are important. This is usually where most of the leaders of many sectors live and work. Now, Copenhagen and Ottawa have become the new capital cities of the world. The world of kids. And kids are important because they are the future. This is why the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (based in Ottawa, Canada) and the International Sport and Culture Association (based in Copenhagen, Denmark) have joined forces to dismantle the #inactivitytimebomb by developing new ways to get kids throughout the world moving again.

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North Team greeted by political stakeholders in Brussels today

The Bike for Europe North Team is in Brussels today, meeting political and stakeholder representatives, including Pascal Smet, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Mobility and Public Works; Michael Cramer MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance; Marisa Fernandez Esteban; and Deputy Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission. After gathering to greet the team, a bicycle tour of cycling infrastructure in the city will be held. During the tour, Pascal Smet will detail how Brussels is encouraging active mobility to make the city more liveable and healthy. All interested participants in the event are welcome to join the tour in Brussels.

UCI Cycling for All is our partner in the North Team's tour through UCI regions
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