The new era of cycling

Forget hybrid cars, renewable fuels or other alternatives that minimize our ecological footprint: if there is one transport that has received a lot of momentum in recent years, it is the bike. And it has multiple advantages: it is cheap, easy to drive, healthy, among other advantages. They swarm in cities all over the world, from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, from Caracas to Madrid; and they even managed to integrate into social protests.

In TreeHugger give some explanations for its popularity, which can be summarized into five main factors. First of all, it is the cultural part. Cycling is part of different subcultures, from extreme athletes who practice mountaineering or BMX, to cycling as an emblem of environmental preservation. There is also modification (tuning or tuning), which also applies to this type of vehicle.

The second is the price. Bicycles, compared to a motor vehicle, are infinitely more affordable. Even with a luxury model, the price compared to a car will always be cheaper. In addition, the investment they require in maintenance is minimal compared to the needs of the car, and the fuel it requires is our own engine. For this reason, the third reason is exercise. While driving is an activity that does not burn many calories, cycling promotes physical activation.

The fourth reason is concern for the environment. Cycling is a great transportation option to reduce the impact on carbon dioxide emissions, especially in large cities. Such is the trend that urban planning is beginning to take into account the cyclist, developing roads and cycle paths that coexist with streets and highways. Last but not least, there is experience. Pedaling, feeling the wind against your face, moving without the armor of a car, speed… these dimensions give another meaning to an activity that has become as monotonous as going from one place to another. It is a phenomenological question, of experiential experience, of sensations.

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Ultimately, the bicycle also becomes a symbol which identifies with a group, and even confers on those who use it a certain status which implies qualities (concern for the environment or physical well-being). It has also become (for good) a fashion, because of all these characteristics that it combines. It is a technology which, although it was designed as such at the beginning of the 19th century, is at its peak today and now. Like I said, enough of so many experiments to save the world. The solution has always been right under our noses. Welcome to the new era of cycling.