Cycling is unique amongst sports – it is accessible to all as a leisure activity and means of transport. Over two billion people use bikes throughout the world, from all sorts of backgrounds, ages and physical ability.
The lack of safety of riding a bike in traffic is the main reason given by most people in developed countries for not wanted to ride a bike. Improving the behaviour of road users will protect riders whether they are athletes in training, children cycling to school, or recreational riders.
For many adults, it was learning to ride a bike as a child that gave a sense of freedom. UCI wants to ensure that today’s children are able to learn a bike in a supportive, safe environment. Enabling children to experience cycling ensures a future for the sport, helps people lead healthier lives and gives families greater mobility.
Bike lanes make more people ride – that’s the finding from hundreds of cities across the world that are investing in better infrastructure for cyclists. Without good bike lanes on busy streets, many people simply won’t feel safe enough to share with heavy traffic. Well designed, wide bike lanes should be suitable for everyone to use.