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Addis Ababa named winner of the Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure

Addis Ababa, June 4, 2023 (FBC) – In recognition of World Bike Day on June 3, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that Addis Ababa has become one of the ten first-ever winners of the Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure (BICI).

Addis Ababa is among the winning global cities that would receive funding support of USD 400,000 to build innovative cycling infrastructure and sustainable mobility options for their residents, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Addis Ababa has doubled the number of protected cycle lanes to achieve Africa’s largest city cycle network, the Bloomberg Philanthropies said.

“Fighting climate change goes hand-in-hand with giving people more transportation options,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City.

“These proposals to make cycling safer and more accessible will require robust technical assistance, and our team is glad to support the winners as they turn their ideas into action. The progress that these 10 cities make will help clean the air, protect the environment, and drive economic growth, too. We’re looking forward to seeing the results.”

The 10 winning BICI cities named today hail from 10 countries on five continents and collectively represent more than 15 million residents. Winners were selected from 275 applications submitted between November 10, 2022, and February 3, 2023, from cities with over 100,000 residents.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 700 cities and 150 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health.


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