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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

The team behind UFGC19 celebrate an inspiring few days in Oslo. Photo: Geir Anders Rybakken Ørslien’.

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?

Marina Kyriakou, Bicycle Mayor of Nicosia, meets with residents to understand how car congestion affects their quality of life

With the help of local authorities, Bicycle Mayor of Bengaluru, Sathya Sankaran, initiates a COVID-19 recovery plan that prioritises cycling

Mexico City’s Bicycle Mayor, Areli Carréon, recycles and donates bicycles to healthcare workers to ensure safe movement during the pandemic

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

Direct Support through regular one-on-one check-ins and making our staff available for questions

Network History

2016 – Elected first Bicycle Mayor in Amsterdam, Anne Luten

2018 – Elected first Junior Bicycle Mayor, Lotta Crok

2020Reached 100 Bicycle Mayors

2021 – BYCS India Foundation established

Junior Bicycle Mayor

The Junior Bicycle Mayor’s role is to offer a child’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 Junior Bicycle Mayors, ages 10-17, who represent cities in the Netherlands, India, and Ireland.

The idea for the Junior 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 in their schools. 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 Junior Bicycle Mayor

 


 

“They role model good behaviour, identify solutions to local needs and bring together cycling organisations, residents, businesses and governments to make change happen.”

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