On Your Bike!

Bicycling advocacy shifts into high gear before Rio+20 Contributed by Morana Song (@morana_twit), UN Department of Public Information Some say the hardest part of learning how to ride a bike is the pavement.  The second hardest may be convincing the world to reconsider this time-tested form of transportation as a new leap forward for environmental sustainability.  Bikes are 100% environment-friendly, fully air-conditioned, and enjoyed at a low cost both in developing and developed countries. On a hot, sunny day in June, a UN bike ride was held at the UN Headquarters in New York to promote cycling as a sustainable means of transport in the lead up to Rio+20 – the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. It’s not only the masses that love to ride bikes – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and over 40 ambassadors and dignitaries participated in the cycling. Although the Secretary-General couldn’t actually ride because of a broken arm, he got into the spirit of things by wearing a helmet during his speech, sharing stories of riding a bicycle in his youth, during the poverty-stricken days of South Korea. “I would much rather see bicycles and bike-riders around here than the limousines, armored SUVs and other gas-guzzling cars that we all use at the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said. Then he went on to suggest that ambassadors and Heads of State to use bikes during the General...

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