Cycling is a sport that has been around for centuries, but it’s also a sport that has been evolving with the times. As we look ahead, we can expect to see some exciting trends in the world of cycling that are set to change the game in the years to come.
Here are some of the top trends in cycling that we’re seeing today:
1. Electric Bikes (E-bikes)
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, have been growing in popularity in recent years. With pedal assistance, e-bikes make cycling accessible to a wider range of people, including those who are less physically fit or have mobility issues. They are also great for commuting, providing an easy and eco-friendly way to get around town. Check out this article from The Economist for more information on e-bikes.
2. Cycling as a Form of Transportation
Cycling is no longer just a recreational activity. It is becoming a popular mode of transportation, especially in urban areas. Cities around the world are investing in infrastructure to make cycling safer and more accessible, including bike lanes, bike parking, and bike share programs. According to this article from Road CC, cycling has seen a surge in popularity and has now become the most popular mode of transport on City of London roads, with cities like Paris and Bogota also implementing more bike-friendly policies.
3. Bike Busses
A bike bus is a group of cyclists who ride together in a group, typically in a single file line, often on busy roads or highways. The idea is to increase safety by creating a larger, more visible presence on the road, and to promote cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation. The group is usually led by an experienced cyclist and follows a predetermined route to a common destination. The popularity of these for school runs is growing rapidly. For more information on the rise of bike busses, check out this article from Wired.
As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, cycling is seen as a sustainable alternative to driving. This has led to a trend in eco-friendly cycling gear, as well as more sustainable bike manufacturing practices. Companies like Trek are using recycled materials to create their bikes, and some bike manufacturers are even using 3D printing to reduce waste. For more information on sustainable cycling practices, check out this article from Outside Magazine.
5. Women’s Cycling
Women’s cycling has been gaining in popularity and recognition, with more professional races and greater representation in the sport. Additionally, there has been a growing trend in women-specific cycling gear and accessories. Companies like Liv Cycling are leading the charge in this area. For more information on women’s cycling, check out this article from Bicycling Magazine.
These are just a few of the top trends in cycling. As cycling continues to grow in popularity, we can expect to see more innovations and trends emerge in the coming years. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just getting started, there has never been a better time to join the cycling community.