Five not-so-obvious reasons to start cycling this World Cycling Day 2021
Whether you haven’t graduated from training wheels or can easily tell a hose clamp from a braze-on derailleur, there is always a reason to enjoy bike rides. Most people know it keeps them active and healthy, saves money, and reduces traffic and pollution.
On this World Bike Day, experts are looking at the often unrecognized benefits of cycling based on experiences in their various organizations and countless hours in the saddle. From big to small, here are five not-so-obvious reasons to ride a bike today:
It helps the economy
Cycling stimulates economic growth. Not only does this allow people to work on time and inexpensively, but it also creates jobs in bicycle tourism, repair shops and courier services, among others.
“Cycling achieves so many United Nations sustainable development goals,” said National Cycling Organization at the head of Benoît Camara. In fact, a study shows that it can have a positive impact on the world’s future by helping to save nearly $ 6 trillion worldwide over the next decade.
It promotes a sense of community
When Ekong Caruncho and his friends started cycling to work, it led them to form what was to become Bike to work Philippines. “We were still curious about how to fix our bikes, which routes to take, etc. This curiosity prompted us to create a group, at least a small one, to learn from others. By word of mouth, the small group started to grow exponentially, ”he said.
Aldrin Pelicano from MNL moves shared a similar experience when people found his Facebook page: “Followers became friends along the way and sharing the same vision of a Manila metro on foot and by bike helped make my personal advocacy a real one. community.
It promotes equality
On the road, all bikes are equal. In addition, cycling advocates that everyone, regardless of gender or economic status, be equal.
“Cycling offers opportunities for a better life by helping people get to work, school and markets. It is also a gateway to gender equality, especially in societies where women are not allowed to drive motor vehicles. Safe infrastructure can encourage more women and girls to cycle, ”Camara said.
He teaches everyone to be nice
Cycling can help people take on a more compassionate worldview. “Cycling everywhere has helped me discover what is missing in terms of policy and infrastructure for the majority of commuters who travel outside of motor vehicles,” Pelicano said.
At the same time, non-cyclists are encouraged to share the road, respect the cycle paths and be careful with bikers. “Adapt and be nice. Cycling is new to most of us so if some of us are slow and uncomfortable it means we are learning as we go, ”said Caruncho.
It transforms our cities for the better
“Who would have ever imagined separate and protected cycle paths on EDSA? “Quoted Sunny Sevilla from the Move as one coalition. “It’s starting to happen!”
The pandemic has become a tipping point for the government to resolve its transportation problem. With limited public transportation options over the past year, they’ve focused on the growing number of cyclists in the capital. Recently, San Juan and Manila both partnered with Allianz PNB Life to launch the country’s first solar-powered bicycle pit stop and thematic bike racks and art installations.
Together with these local governments and cycling organizations, the leading life insurer advocates for bike-friendly and sustainable cities, starting with Metro Manila.
“Allianz PNB Life promotes bicycle safety and education with the Ride Safe campaign. Through our various partnerships, we are able to broaden and enrich our advocacy to empower more Filipinos, ”said Gino Riola, Director of Marketing and Sustainability.
The ultimate goal is not for the bicycle to be seen as an alternative, but rather as a common mode of transport.
“At Allianz, cycling is not just a way to get through the pandemic. It’s also a long-term investment in a healthier, more progressive Philippines, ”said Riola.