World.-The mobility needs of people walking or cycling, often the majority of inhabitants in a city, are still not taken into account, warns the annual report of the road program 2018 available in English. This is even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help to protect the environment and reduce poverty.
Meeting the needs of these cyclists and pedestrians is therefore crucial to solving the mobility problems of cities, to mitigate the increase in greenhouse gas emissions due to population growth and to Improve air quality and road safety.
According to WHO, safer infrastructure for walking and biking available in English would ensure, among other things, health equity. In fact, for the poorest urban communities, walking and cycling are more economical means of transport to move around. Also, promoting this type of transport can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer, diabetes and even death. So improving the conditions of this type of transport implies health benefits, for equity and for the economy.
Why move by bike?
The bicycle is a means of sustainable transport, simple, affordable, reliable, clean and ecological that contributes to the environmental management and benefits the health.
The bike can serve as a tool for development, not only as a means of transport, but also by facilitating access to education, health care and sport.
The relationship between the bicycle and its user fosters creativity and social participation; It also allows the cyclist to know firsthand the local environment.
It is a symbol of sustainable transport and transmits a positive message to promote sustainable consumption and production; It also has a beneficial impact on the climate.
It encourages Member States to pay special attention to the bicycle in cross-sectoral development strategies and to include in international, regional, national and sub-national development policies and programmes.
It invites Member States to improve road safety and to integrate it into the planning and design of sustainable mobility and transport infrastructures, in particular by adopting policies and measures aimed at actively protecting and promoting Pedestrian safety and bicycle mobility, in order to obtain broader health outcomes, in particular the prevention of non-communicable diseases and injuries.
It encourages them to adopt the best practices and the means to promote the bicycle between the society. In this respect, it is with good eyes the initiatives to organise bicycle marches, both nationally and locally.
It also encourages stakeholders to promote the use of bicycles as a means of promoting sustainable development, reinforcing the education of children and young people, including physical education, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, Understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and the culture of peace.