Many people choose to ignore the fact that they can get around without motor vehicles, but cycling and walking are often the quickest and easiest forms of urban mobility. There are twice as many bikes as cars in the world today, and three times as many are being produced globally.
In heavy city traffic, cars and bicycles travel at nearly equal speeds. If there are special bike lanes, cyclists can cover urban distances of 10 kilometres more quickly than motorists. However, there are several factors that discourage cycling: an unfavourable climate or topography, dense traffic, poor or abusive behaviour on the part of drivers, air pollution, lack of bike lanes, and the high cost of bicycles. In Belarus, the most economically efficient and environmentally friendly form of transport is the bicycle, followed by public transportation.
Read the factsheet to find out more about the benefits of cycling.