Cycling is a strategic initiative that creates positive system-wide changes. Here are four stories from the news that show the depth and variety of cycling’s impact. Cycling works wonders…
Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, or NICA, “spreads the gospel of healthy, active lifestyles to the community” by getting more kids on bikes. Ryan McAllister, who launched a NICA program at a high school in Salmon, Idaho in 2015, says “the team has slowly begun to change people’s minds in the small town. It’s the kids who drive the change. They have fun riding their bikes, they tell their friends, they educate their parents, and, with the help of coaches, they work with other user groups to help them understand public land issues, stewardship practices, and cultural shifts.”
Supporting cycling for kids helps build health, confidence, and social skills, and is a practical tool that can help them get to school. In the US we spend almost $1000 dollars on average per child on transportation to school, not to mention the incredible time commitment from parents transporting their children. With bikes we could save money while giving kids freedom, independence, and an amazing array of wholesome benefits. Cycling makes good economic sense, and kids love to ride.
Technology doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. Bicycles are one of the most powerful disruptive technologies ever. Sometimes the solution is simple and obvious. But it takes more than technology, it takes cultural and behavioral changes led by people who are living the dream and understand the full capabilities inherent in the bicycle. Embrace local cyclists! The transportation evolution is led by your neighbors, friends, and local citizens.
Bicycles can unleash Americans from burdens like automobile debt. In places like Africa, bicycles have even more profound impacts on human lives. This story touches upon the perspective of female cyclists in Africa. “A bike makes all the difference.” Mobility freedom increases all freedoms.
What can cycling do in your life?