Bicycles were invented in the 19th century, and now there are approximately one billion worldwide. Why should people choose to cycle instead of using other means of transport?
First of all, cycling is a healthy and ecological way of commuting. The bicycle is an optimal mode of transportation for short and moderate distances; it doesn’t use fossil fuels and doesn’t cause air or noise pollution. When the weather’s nice, cycling is a way to enjoy the outdoors and observe the landscape, which is more difficult to do when driving a car.
In big cities, another advantage of cycling is reducing the stress caused by spending a lot of time looking for a parking place. The bicycle can access both roads and paths.
Bicycle activism is based on two broad and correlated themes: one is about promoting the bicycle as an alternative means of transport, and the other is about the creation of conditions to encourage bicycle use, both as a means of transport and as a leisure activity. According to Sustrans, the British charity to promote sustainable transport, investment in cycling provisions can give a 20:1 return due to health improvements and other benefits. Let’s cycle, then!