The United Nations.

Cycling and global goals

For the third year running the United Nations will take part in the BXL TOUR. The race offers an opportunity to highlight the importance of cycling as a mode of transport and healthy everyday activity.

Cycling can play a significant role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*. The SDGs, or Global Goals as they are referred to, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Mobility is an essential element of development strategies that aim to achieve the SDGs. Meeting the needs of people who cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.

Cycling and development

• The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation;
• The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport;
• The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment;
• The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.

Initiatives such as the Brussels Tour are a opportunity for governments and local authorities to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to encourage stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.

More on Cycling and the Global Goals

• The World Cycling Alliance has calculated** that cycling is directly linked to delivering on 11 of the Goals.
• United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
• European Cyclists’ Federation
• World Cycling Alliance
• ECF Publication: “Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals – Shifting towards a better economy, society, and planet for all”

*On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

**Copyright and credits to the European Cyclists’ Federation’s publication: “Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals – Shifting towards a better economy, society, and planet for all”