Center for Environment calls on all governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, entity and cantonal, crisis staffs and local communities to allow bicycle services to operate and encourage residents to use a bicycle as a means of transport for the necessary daily commuting.
“We believe that all citizens who have to move in order to carry out daily activities (grocery shopping, going to work or pharmacy, etc.) should be motivated, if paossible, to use bicycles for these purposes. In that case, a part of them needs a bicycle service. We believe that with the precautions of other service providers, it is possible to allow these services to operate. As public transport has been abolished in most cities, fuel prices are still high (although the price of a barrel of oil is at a historical minimum) and citizens need to move, the best solution to this world crisis when it comes to transport is by bike” – said in the Center for Environment.
Both the Confederation of the European Cycling Industries (CONEBI) and the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) have called on all EU Member States to allow bicycle services to continue during the COVID-19 crisis, provided that all necessary health measures are taken.
Organizations believe that the use of bicycles should be encouraged during the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Europe. In most EU Member States, it is permissible to continue using the bicycle to undertake the necessary travel, such as going to work or buying groceries, and bicycle services will continue to operate, but under strict rules.
“On bikes, people keep the necessary distance from each other, reducing the chance of getting infected or infecting the others. Due to the small number of motor vehicles in traffic, the safety of cyclists will be greater and therefore fewer people on the streets will walk and be close to each other, furthermore – they will be faster in performing their daily duties. Therefore, citizens should be advised to use the bicycle as a means of transportation. In cities where there is a public bicycle system, with disinfection measures, it is possible to allow the use of this system as well” – expalins in the Center for Environment.
It has long been known that physical activity has a positive effect on maintaining the immune system. While riding a bicycle, the rider’s pulse rises, he breathes deeper, eliminating bacteria from the lungs, reducing the impact of chronic diseases and increasing the number of white blood cells. Also, while riding a bicycle rider is spending time outdoors.
The situation that most people are now accustomed to can cause anxiety and depression. Cycling improves mental health and reduces stress. A large number of studies have shown that people who cycle on the daily basis are happier and less prone to depression than those who use any other means of transportation.
In the UK, more than 30 public health and transport researchers have signed a letter urging the UK government to protect the rights of those who do not show symptoms of virus, to walk and bike safely without fear of infection and traffic accidents.