Simon Alvarez Belon

Simon has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, going on bicycle tours around Spain and the Netherlands from a young age. In pursuing this passion, he began his career with bicycles as a professional mechanic. However, upon moving to Utrecht and discovering the transformational effect of bicycles on human lives, his life-long passion for the bicycle evolved into a commitment to using them to make communities more equitable, sustainable, and happier.

Having studied Anthropology in university, Simon is particularly interested in exploring how matters of identity are connected with mobility. For his Bachelor’s thesis, he ethnographically explored the changes the ‘Dutch Cycling Habitus’ is undergoing, and how a key aspect of Dutch cycling culture is a unique relation to the automobile that emerged from historic and social processes.

At BYCS, Simon works to elevate and amplify the impact of the Bicycle Mayors and the Bicycle Mayor Network as a whole.