Fortaleza, Brazil was honored with $1 million for its plan to build accessible cycle lanes. To help us all travel sustainably, we’ve rounded up the best bikes for your weekday commute or Sunday stroll.
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The winner of Bloomberg’s Philanthropy $1 million Sustainable City Fund has been announced. For their plan to build more than 110 miles of cycle roots safe for children and the elderly, Fortaleza won the top prize. Second-place winners include Addis, Ethiopia, Mombasa, Kenya, Wellington, New Zealand, and other cities. Overall entries from 275 cities in 66 countries were assessed by the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), an urban design NGO founded by Janette Sadik-Khan. The organization will also guide cities towards sustainable design and engagement of their new bike routes.
Biking has considerable benefits to achieving health equality, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), because it’s a form of transport that can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease. In rural communities where girls are at risk of not finishing school, bicycle programs have been shown to help girls miss 28% fewer days of school. Other studies show farmers increasing their productivity and income by 23% when bike programs offered them an alternative to traveling by foot.
As a sustainable transportation option, biking offers a number of benefits to society. When it comes to air quality and pollution, choosing a bike over a car for your daily mode of transportation can reduce your individual CO2 footprint by 2.1 tons. And, it’s always enjoyable to cruise around the city and help to reduce car congestion while taking in new views too.
Best For: Everyday comfort
This hybrid cruiser has 26-inch wheels with 2-inch semi-slick tires for a smooth ride over city streets. The upright sitting design and forward pedaling allow you to move with your spine straight so that it’s better for your back than hunching forward. And the extra-wide saddle seat is made for cushion and comfort.
This Dutch bike design has a rack to carry or strap on your shopping bags. Or, if that’s not enough add racks to hold more. Although it weighs only 37 lbs, it’s built to hold up to 250 lbs. Its lightweight and slim design also has safety features like hydraulic disk brakes for smooth and easy stops and LED lights.
Best For: Sunday strolls
With single-speed gear, this bike is best for casual Sunday strolls or cruising along the boardwalk. Wide 26-inch cushioned tires are built to absorb shock and roll-over bumps for a comfortable ride. And, the wide step-through frame makes it easy to hop on and hop off.
Best For: City streets or the mountains
This do-everything and ride-everywhere bike is built for city commutes and mountain trails. With speeds up to 45 miles per hour you can zip to work. Puncture-resistance tires can handle the toughest adventures while giving you a smooth ride. For those new to e-bikes, this 6th generation bike has a battery pack that is easy to pop on and off to recharge.
Aventon Soltera Step-Through Ebike
Best For: City Commutes
This nimble bike is designed for zipping around cities thanks to features like the throttle on demand, speeds up to 25 miles per hour, and tecktro mechanical disc brakes. Weighing a mere 43 lbs, it’s lightweight enough to lift up stairs and onto elevators with ease. All in all, it’s built to make it easier to zip around your city.
Bluejay Premiere Edition – Hot Pink Electric
Best For: Long Journeys
Stylish and lightweight this hot pink city cruiser is easy on the eyes. There’s even a bell for the ultimate vintage design. But, built into its slim aluminum frame is a powerful battery that can handle uphill rides and last for up to 75 miles.