Ms Pia Allerslev (DEN)
A former teacher, Pia Allerslev is Mayor for Children and Youth in the City of Copenhagen. From 2008-2013 she was Mayor for Culture, Leisure and Properties.
As Mayor, she has always worked hard to promote cycling, whether as a means of transport, a great form of exercise or as an elite sport. Copenhagen was the UCI’s first Bike City (2008-2011), organising elite international events for BMX, track, road and para-cycling. Pia Allerslev used these events to encourage the city’s inhabitants to take an interest in the sport.
She has always emphasized that cycling is a sport for everyone, and her current focus is on children, working to make it natural for youngsters to travel around the city by bike.
In 2010 and 2011 the city’s Mayor biked from Copenhagen to Paris for charity, and has been "addicted" to cycling ever since.