Cycling remains massively marginal as a way of everyday urban mobility around the world, but your current state is starting to change.
Some of the most prestigious cities in the world – for example, New York, Paris, Barcelona and London – are starting slowly to pull away from the use of the car heading towards the use of the bicycle in your everyday life.
Cycling is to establish a new urban lifestyle of the middle class.
Companies are saturated with cars and people are lacking in good health, so the new indicators of “good lifestyle”, the cycling, it is observed by a new look, a new perspective.
Cycling has become “cool” became “fashion”, a Renaissance among the middle class, professionals and much more in tune with the urban needs of each city.
There is hope! The bike is finally being magazine as a (potentially) cosmopolitan global icon of urban life sustainable.
It is important that society turn this trend, this fad on something lasting. We should take advantage of the current popularity of cycling. After all, who knows how long the car would have lasted if the society had not built their cities around it.
At the end of the 19th century the mountain bicycle became the means of locomotion of the less well off, because the rich have focused on the mobility in your cars.
Focused on the sustainability of the planet have to have rich and poor side by side on their bikes.
Furthermore, the bike cannot be understood as a ‘ toy ‘ or a ‘ tool ‘, has to be seen as a vehicle and your potential must be exploited in every city so we can build a globally sustainable society.
The elite of society now has the ability to change the scenery of urban cities returning the bicycle as your primary means of transportation. The more people leave their cars and are on the streets with their bikes more cities will have to prepare to receive these new citizens, creating a collective level infrastructure, not just for some but for all.
The integration between the modal and the better the infrastructure for citizens, but easy is the incorporation of the bike in your daily routine.
To institutionalize the bike in the system of locomotion of a city she cannot be seen as something isolated. The system of locomotion of the citizens in a city should be integrated, as for example: using the bus, metro, train and bike, because any isolated initiative will have minimal effect. The systems must work together to create the sum of its parts.
The construction of a system takes time; is an incremental project, but will also be the principle of a collective vision.
The systems created cannot be if segregationist and integrationist sim system think about modal of locomotion with bike.
Different places will design and install different solutions in the process of incremental building of centrality of cycling for the urban mobility system.
The development of a comprehensive system of bike is a great collective project in which we can all actually be involved.
Everywhere there is much work to be done, for the sake of human viability in our planet, contribute to a system of bike. We need new cycling infrastructure; new stories of cycling; new cycling thinking; cycle of new shops, new round of repair services and bicycle rental services; new cycling-oriented maps, guides and websites; new cycle parking spaces; more counselors in schools, colleges and workplaces.
We need people to help, support and encourage other people to ride a bike. Whoever and wherever we are, whatever we do, we can contribute to the new bicycle system needed to build a broader and better culture of sustainability.
Cycling is not an individual choice, is a social choice – she’s made elsewhere, for complex, overlapping systems becoming the sensible way, logic, rational, and pleasant to get around.
We need a system to make the bike the global urban mobility vehicle, a vehicle not only to and from a new global elite, but regardless of where you live, your position and your attitude towards sustainability.
Text adapted from Cycling and Sustainability of professor John Parkin.