Albert Einstein knew a thing or two about science. In any language he would be classed as an ‘expert’! In these days of lockdowns and restrictions we are continually asked to ‘listen to the experts’. So what does Albert say about cycling and life. He says: ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving’. Sound advice wouldn’t you say!
Well, it is good to know that the role of cycling in our lives is gaining greater recognition, with the spread of the Covid virus! Cities and governments are realising that a new reality needs to be recognised and ideally put in place. Cities like Paris are forging ahead with ambitious plans to change the way citizens and commuters move about, encouraging people to ‘get on their bikes’!
The World Economic Forum is an international body based in Geneva which has recently highlighted the French government proposals to promote cycling and walking post COVID, as well as proposals from other cities around the world. Check out the short video on this link, and then delve into the associated written posts for some great ideas that could inspire you to get active in changing our environment here in Ireland, and getting your town or city to recognise the need for radical change to how we move about.
Cycling is, and will continue to be, a critical part of moving to a new post Covid reality. As Cyclist.ie has argued in multiple submissions to government, the role that cycling can play in:
* Reducing the level of greenhouse gases
* Improving the general and psychological health of people
* Reducing congestion levels
* Improving the design of public realm
* Providing a real economic return on public investment must be taken on board by the any new government, and in turn by Local Authorities across the country
It’s time for all of us to build support for new green initiatives that help to grow cycling levels. It’s time for all of us, as cycling advocates, to push for the necessary changes by lobbying our public representatives and local authorities.
It’s Time to Make a Difference! Get On Yer Bike and Get Active!
(This article previously appeared on the Cyclist.ie website.)