June 3rd was celebrated as the ‘World Bicycle Day’ by the United Nations. We will tell you how the demand for bicycles comes back.
World Bicycle Day: The Bicycles Go Down To Streets From The Storage Rooms
Only two years ago the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as World Day of the Bicycle.
This June 3, 2020, the bicycle has reasons for celebration, although bittersweet, because the cause is the coronavirus pandemic, which has carried more than 27000 people to their destinations, only in the United States.
In the United States, the COVID-19 crisis has triggered interest in the bicycle as a means of transport. The Bicycle Dealers figures the increase in sales by 30% since the de-escalation started. And the repair shops are not enough: they assure that they repair up to three times as many of the bicycles sent for maintenance.
The data from the City Council indicate that the bicycle is the transport that falls the least compared to the pre-COVID figures: the use of the lanes is still 20% below because mobility has not been normalized in any mode of transport.
Shopkeepers and mechanics talk about a host of causes to explain some figures that they are not used to or in high season.
People who are afraid of public transport and see individual transport as a good way on the pedals that allows them to respect distances. It is better than that you have parked your car or motorcycle; that you had passed the scooter and returned to the bicycle.
It is also that the people have been encouraged by seeing the quieter streets and the cleanest sky. And some governments also prepare bicycle routes for this summer.
The Bicycle Makes Its Way Into The Rush Of Cars
Higher demand for bicycles does not stop dispatching or repairing city bicycles and traveling in the summer.The activity is such that the sellers or mechanics began to have problems in supplying spare parts and accessories, a problem that can be extended to all of the worlds due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The frenzy moves the sale of items such as helmets, padlocks, or lights. Everything related to urban cycling. This time the bicycle is here to stay, due to the limitations that the coronavirus crisis has represented for other modes of transport.
Bicycles Are Back: The Time Has Come To Confine The Car
The bicycle sellers in the United States have tripled the repairs, from receiving between one and three bikes a day, to make an appointment in two weeks.
The customer profile sums it up like this: A neighbor who takes the bicycle off the balcony, who used it from time to time and now turns it into his mode of transportation. And how does the mechanic know that the customer uses it daily? Because a few days later he comes looking for a more comfortable seat.
David Casalprim, one of the first urban cycling stores in the city, also cannot cope: “We have more work than in high season: people who retrieve bikes from the storage room, who buy new ones, who search for electric, folding, people do not want to go by subway, he tried the scooter and comes back, they feel that the use of cars and motorcycles has become difficult… ”.
The rise of the private bicycle has also been seen in Bicing, the public bike, which has gained 7000 subscribers since it resumed service after the most critical days of the pandemic.
In parallel, the City Council has painted tactical bike lanes on streets that are basic axes of mobility. The unknown is now how far new users will stay. For instance, the sellers are celebrating the boom.
Some new users will stay, although part of the increase is explained by the desire for leisure. However, it triggers ifs and buts.
Without good conditions for the bicycle, practically nothing has changed in urban planning and facilities to take it. It is necessary to face the challenges so that the bicycle is the protagonist: perception of safety, parking, equality of conditions.
However, the changes are noticeable in the center. But you have to look at the global scenario; there are entire countries with the use of bicycles that is less than 1%. Only three months ago, cycling entities were very critical of the current councilor for Mobility’s bicycle policies.
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