FORENINGEN FRIE FUGLE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Foreningen Frie Fugle is an association involved in consulting within farming, ecology, environment, cycling, architecture and traffic planning. Frie Fugle has 35 years of experience in consulting in bicycle infrastructure. We have 100 members and 5 employees.
Foreningen Frie Fugle works to promote environmentally friendly and local solutions to practical urban and transportation challenges. Each year Frie Fugle gives a prize to the «Free Bird» of the year, which can be within a number of fields such as sustainable farming, sustainable fishing, integration initiatives or cycling promotion. Frie Fugle particularly supports initiatives that are small-scale and which set out to improve systems bottom-up.
In collaboration with Cycling Without Age, Foreningen Frie Fugle helps elderly people who are at risk of isolation by inviting them out on trishaw rides with volunteers so they can feel the wind in their hair and the pulse of their city.
Pernille Vedersø Bussone has a master’s degree in French and Psychology and experience from India and Singapore in teaching teenagers in gender equality and sexual health. She is a community captain for the global movement «Cycling Without Age» and a bicycle promotor for Frie Fugle, the association that started the Eurovélo project. She uses traditional and social media on a daily basis to highlight the achievements of both associations.
Jens Erik Larsen, Frie Fugle founder, is the inventor of EuroVelo project and consultant for several countries. He was nominated for the Nordic Councils Nature and environment prize in 2011, Jens Erik is an expert in urban and traffic planning from the Danish Technical University and has been working on the Eurovélo project since it was initiated.
Ole Kassow, co-founder of Cycling Without Age. Ole is an Ashoka fellow and a member of the Copenhagen Bike Hub, a collective of bicycle groups in Copenhagen. Ole is a popular speaker at conferences around the world, a TED talk included, about cycling, generosity and the right to wind in your hair.