We need to ensure our cities are more liveable and fit for the future. We believe every city can benefit from having a catalyst representing cycling progress and the interests of the community. We call these Bicycle Mayors.
Bicycle Mayors can accelerate the changes we need to see by uniting all citizens to take action. They bring creative diversity with new insights and approaches, from both inside and beyond the world of bicycle planning professionals or the political establishment. They are the human face and voice of cycling in a city. By connecting these changemakers across a global network – creating greater visibility, rapidly sharing ideas, challenges and solutions, – we can create a truly radical shift.
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What does the network do?
Keeps the issues front-and-center and moving forward through global and regional calls-to-action
Promotes the bicycle as a solution to some of the most complex urban challenges
Aligns the network (and its cause) to other movements and organizations that are also working to create more liveable cities
What does a Bicycle Mayor do?
Sindile Mavundla, Bicycle Mayor of Cape Town, leads the Active Mobility Forum coalition, comprised of enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about Cape Town a more liveable city for all demographics and vulnerable populations.
The Bicycle Mayor of Bath, Saskia Heijltjes, organised a Kiddical Mass event with over 100 participants, that aimed to inspire its participants, while simultaneously advocating for road safety for children.
Hyderabad’s Bicycle Mayor, Santhana Selvan, organised the first ever BicycleBus in India for children ride to school as a group, creating a safe environment and shared joyful experience of active mobility.
How does the network support Bicycle Mayors?
Promote the work of Bicycle Mayors through a monthly organisation newsletter, social media, and events
Facilitate Collaboration through online platforms, network-wide calls, a network newsletter, and working Groups
Provide Resources through a resource hub, workshops and trainings, and access to events
Offer Direct Support through regular one-on-one check-ins and making our staff available for questions
2016 – Elected first Bicycle Mayor in Amsterdam, Anne Luten
2018 – Elected first Junior Bicycle Mayor, Lotta Crok
2020 – Reached 100 Bicycle Mayors
2021 – BYCS India Foundation established
Youth Bicycle Mayor
The Youth Bicycle Mayor’s role is to offer a teenager’s perspective and imagination to the realm of cycling activation, with the goal of making cities fit for all ages. They work alongside the senior Bicycle Mayor of their city to create tangible impact. Currently, there are 5 Youth Bicycle Mayors, who represent cities in the Netherlands, India, and Ireland.
The idea for the Youth Bicycle Mayor originated as part of the election campaign of Amsterdam’s Bicycle Mayor, Katelijne Boerma, who focused on making cycling safe for all children. She helped find students in local schools to lead cycling progress. These students were involved in design competitions and co-creation workshops to develop new solutions for cycling access, leading to the selection of one student as the Youth Bicycle Mayor.
Cape Town, South Africa
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Santa Fe, Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Boston, United States of America
Keene, United States of America
Washington D.C., United States of America
Meerut Cantt, India
Mira Bhayandar, India
Navi Mumbai, India
New Delhi, India
New Panvel, India
The Hague, Netherlands
Bath, United Kingdom
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Inverness, United Kingdom
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Stroud, United Kingdom
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom