Cycling (bicycling or biking) is an activity adopted for transportation means in many countries and parts of the world, but is also done for recreation and sports.
When did it all start?
The very first bicycles were introduced in the 19th century. Nowadays, their number has reached more than one billion worldwide. In addition to being very effective as transportation model for short and moderate distances, bicycles also help reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, air and noise pollution. Moreover, riding a bike is the best way to exercise, without even realizing it. It is an economical mean of transportation and a zero cost sport activity practicing.
In many countries, the most commonly used vehicle for road transport is a utility bike.
These have frames with relaxed geometry, keeping the rider from shocks of the road and easing steering at low speeds. Road bikes tend to have a more upright shape and a shorter wheelbase, which make the bike more mobile but harder to ride slowly. For basic maintenance and repairs, cyclists can choose to carry a pump (or a CO2 cartridge), a puncture repair kit, a spare inner tube, and tire levers. Cycling can be more effective and at ease with special shoes, gloves, and shorts. In wet weather, riding can be more bearable with waterproof clothes. Besides, helmets are crucial when it comes to safety measures.
In some countries such as the Netherlands, where cycling is popular, cyclists ride in bike lanes at the side of, or separate from, highways and roads. Numerous primary schools take part in the national road test in which children separately complete a circuit on roads near the school while being observed.
The Benefits of Cycling
• Increases health and well-being.
• Improves fitness and cardiovascular health.
• Helps go green in transportation.
• Good for rehabilitation.
• Fights overweight and obesity.
• Helps in active travel.