A diverse mix of global bicycle advocacy leaders who represent expert, time-tested organizations on each continent.
The World Cycling Alliance was officially launched to address two important (and previously unfulfilled) roles.
- To provide a strong, unified, global non-government voice for bicycling transportation and recreation;
- To support the worldwide exchange of bicycling knowledge, expertise and best practices, and encourage steady cooperation among cycling associations and organizations.
The concept for the World Cycling Alliance was unveiled at the 2015 Velo-City Global conference in Adelaide, Australia. The World Cycling Alliance registered as an international not-for-profit organization in 2018, established formal bylaws, and selected its first board of directors.
The work of the World Cycling Alliance is global. One key area of focus is partnerships with influential organizations that operate worldwide, such as the United Nations, World Bank and Organisation for International Cooperation and Development. Another priority is sharing best practices, research, and statistics with groups working to improve bicycling all around the world.
In 2015, the United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development goals. Bicycling helps meet nearly every one of them. Bicycling is a cost-effective, quick-to-implement, versatile and contemporary solution that helps individuals, families, communities, nations, and the planet.
MEETING GLOBAL CHALLENGES
The world population now exceed 7.5 billion—a 25-percent increase since the year 2000. An increasing percentage and number of people live in, and around, cities. This urbanization trend is expected to continue.
Population growth and increasing density in cities threaten mobility. Governments at all levels in all places are struggling to pay to build and maintain roads and transit systems. Road congestion has reached an all-time high.
- The World Bank estimates than one billion new automobiles will be built and put into service by the year 2050. Meanwhile, a significant percentage of the global population cannot access automobile, bus, or other transit options.
- Outdoor air pollution has increased eight percent worldwide during the last five years.
- One-third of the world’s population is either overweight or obese.
The United Nations has created and endorsed a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Bicycling should play an important role in achieving most of them.
The World Cycling Alliance is designed to be a dynamic organization that operates swiftly and efficiently on a clear list of crucial projects.
For more information on becoming a supporter, partner or participant, contact: TBC