Cycling is becoming a worldwide trend!
During the Easter break I had the pleasure of spending some time in Brazil and Argentina, the scenery was just spectacular!
The first part of my visit was to the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. At the turn of the century the Falls forme part of privately owned land. Frederico Engel, a German Immigrant living in Brazil for many years, fought for the Falls and the surrounding land to be turned into a National Park. He was finally successful in 1939 when the Igauzu Falls became the Iguazu National Park and in 1985 a Unesco World Heritage site. The land surrounding the Falls used to be farming land, since the land became a part of the National Park, the area has returned back to Rain forest status, forming part of the Atlantic Rain forest which spans Brazil, Paraquay and Argentina, which at one point covered more than a million km sq.
The Igauzu Falls is an ecological success story, sympthomatic of what is happening around the world as more and more countries are looking at ways to preserve their environment. The benefits of cycling on the enviroment is being recognised worldwide. According to OCED (organisation for cooperation and economic development) Copenhagen is the world’s most urban cycling friendly city. In Copenhagen 55% of the trips within the city border are carried out on two wheels.
The growing global trend for cycling as a mode of transport has led to Governments everywhere supporting local councils in the building of cycles paths and/or providing temporary bicycle services.
In Bogota there are 360 kilometres of cycling lanes being built, in New York 675 km and in Berlin 750 km. In Tokyo 25% of commuting is done by bike, in France some companies pay their employees an incentive to their employees for every ridden kilometre to and from work. In England the government offers discounts to purchase a bike to commute to work. In the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires the local council has introduced EcoBici program. It is a system of bike loan stations with over 200 bases, with 200,000 users who do over 5 million trips a year.
The growth of cycling is blossoming in an era when more and more people are understanding the need to preserve our environment and make our planet a more ecologically friendly place to live.
At Bibo, we understand the importance cycling and how it benefits the environment, that is why we are working on a new Eco friendly cycling wear range which will be ready for production soon!